Anthology: This Mutant Life
Story: The Adventures of Shadow Girl
What’s the story behind your title?
At the end of my “Superworld” novel, Shadow Woman had been regressed to a ten-year-old. I wondered how she felt about being in a child’s body as an adult. Turns out, she didn’t care for it much.
Where did this story idea come from?
When my four children were growing up and we’d spend way too much time in the car, I would tell them stories of when they were super-heroes. When they grew up, and I had a little more time on my hands, I wrote down the stories and had them printed as Christmas presents. Many of the stories were on Superworld where almost everyone was a super-hero.
How did you capture the ‘voice’ of your main character?
I’d just been in a workshop where I discovered my stories aren’t emotional enough. So, I wrote the most emotional piece I could. I figured a ten-year-old girl who thought she knew better than anyone else would be a perfect protagonist.
What are you working on right now?
I’m preparing for Nano, National Novel Writing Month, rewriting an earlier fantasy sword and sorcery novel called “Three Desert Roses”.
What’s the most embarrassing moment you’ve had as a writer?
Hitting the send button on a 1,000 word story just as I read they had a 5,000 word minimum. (Thank god they bought it anyway.)
What’s your favourite first line, from your own work or from someone else?
Clinton James was crawling across a Persian rug to evade gunfire when he bumped into a chimpanzee with a gun. (From a steampunk story of mine called “The Spanish Cross.”)
Have you written in other genres, and if so, what genres do you write?
I write fantasy and science fiction with subgenres in steampunk, sword and sorcery, urban fantasy, vampires, dystopia, military science fiction, magical realism, and mythology.
TOM HOWARD is a banking software analyst from Little Rock, Arkansas. His science fiction and fantasy short stories have been published in Fear and Trembling, Andromeda Spaceways, Epocalypse, and almost two dozen more. This story is a sequel to a series of stories called “Superworld”.