Interview: Shay Darrach (FISH)

Name: Shay Darrach

Age: 36

Author of: “I Know a Secret”

Current Geographic Location: Toronto, Ontario

Original Hometown: Moved around too much to consider anywhere a “home”town.

Twitter: @tessercat


Recent publications: “Turning”, in The Monster Book For Girls anthology (from theEXAGGERATEDpress), and “Baggage Check” forthcoming in June 2013, in Crossed Genres Magazine 2.0.

Which zodiac sign where you born under? I’m a well-balanced Dragon.

If a magic fish granted you one wish, what would it be? I’ve always wanted the ability to breathe water as well as (but not instead of!) air.

What inspired your story? I’ve been working on a novella about a carnival that straddles worlds, and the submissions page for FISH mentioned “carnival goldfish with their short-lived secrets”, so it seemed like the perfect intersection of themes.

Did you listen to music while writing it? No, nothing for this piece.

How many rewrites did you do before submitting? Not a rewrite, per se, but my first draft was a direct tie-in to my carnival novella. I tried using one of the same characters and extending the setting, but it just didn’t take. At 1100 words, I gave up and scrapped the entire thing. Instead, I focused on goldfish and secret, and ended up with “I Know a Secret” written in one draft and a couple rounds of polishing.

What is your favorite bit?

They ignored the muttered imprecations from the enormous, ancient carp. They paid no heed to the messages the octopus spelled out in angry Morse code with a pebble held oh-so-carefully in one coiled tentacle.

Want to read the rest?

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Official Table of Contents for FISH

Table of Contents, FISH (due out February 8, 2012)

  1. Alexa, Camille “The Skin of Her Skin”
  2. Bennardo, Matthew “The Fish-Wife’s Tale”
  3. Blake, Polenth “Thwarting the Fiends”
  4. Darrach, Shay “I Know a Secret”
  5. Davis, Amanda C. “O How the Wet Folk Sing”
  6. Dixon, Paul A. “One Let Go”
  7. Duyvis, Corinne “The Applause of Others”
  8. Englehardt, Megan “Anansi and the New Thing”
  9. Fleming, Sam “What the Water Gave Her”
  10. Fuller, Andrew “A Salmon Tale, 2072”
  11. Fullerton, H.L. “The Fish Are There On Land”
  12. Gardner, Cate “Too Delicate for Human Form”
  13. George, Zachary “You, Fish”
  14. Hendrix, Sarah “Never to Return”
  15. Kane, Tim “Vanity Mirror”
  16. Kneeland, Andrea “Becoming Human”
  17. Kwak, Jessie “Needlepoint Fish of Azure City”
  18. L’Orange, April “Quick Karma”
  19. Lalumière, Claude “Xandra’s Brine”
  20. Liu, Ken “How Do You Know If a Fish Is Happy?”
  21. McBride, Tracie “The Touch of Taniwha”
  22. McIntyre, T.J. “How Did the Catfish Get a Flat Head, You Wonder?”
  23. Nakayama, Timothy “Fallen Dragon”
  24. Obedoza, Mel “The Fisherman and Golden Fish”
  25. Palmer, Suzanne “Lanternfish In the Overworld”
  26. Povey, Jennifer R. “Water Demons”
  27. Rambo, Cat “The Fisher Queen”
  28. Romasco-Moore, Maria “Fisheye”
  29. Ruby, Jacob “The Talking Fish of Shangri-La”
  30. Shvartsman, Alex “Life at the Lake’s Shore”
  31. Spencer, A. D. “Fish Tears”
  32. Wood, Mjke “The Last Fisherman of Habitat 37”
  33. Zup, Andreea “Maria and the Fish”

Please note the Table of Contents is currently listed alphabetically by author’s last name, and does not reflect the final order of stories.