An interview with Among Animals contributor Suzanne Kamata

An interview with Among Animals contributor Suzanne Kamata (“Blue Murder”) Q: As an American writer living in Japan, what are the similarities and differences in the ways animals are perceived and treated in each country?  A: Animals are generally treated with reverence in Japan, probably due to the Buddhist belief that every life is sacred. …

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An interview with Among Animals contributor Sara Dupree

An interview with Among Animals contributor Sara Dupree (“The Weight of Things Unsaid”) Q: What was the inspiration for your story? A: Many of the elements of my story are autobiographical. I lost my sweet, happy dog when he hopped through a hole in the ice at a time in my life I was dealing …

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An interview with Among Animals contributors Carol Guess and Kelly Magee

An interview with Among Animals contributors Carol Guess and Kelly Magee (“With Sheep”) Q: As co-authors of this story, what was your writing process like? Carol: Kelly and I had so much fun writing “With Sheep.” It’s part of a book-length collection titled With Animal; each short story focuses on a human who becomes pregnant …

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An interview with Among Animals contributor Jessica Zbeida

An interview with Among Animals contributor Jessica Zbeida (“Emu”)  Q: What was the inspiration for this story?  A: This story was inspired by true events. My grandmother lives in rural east Texas, and one day an emu showed up at her house. She fed it for a few days, but then it became aggressive. My …

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An interview with Among Animals contributor Rosalie Loewen

An interview with Among Animals contributor Rosalie Loewen (“The Boto’s Child”) Q: What inspired “The Boto’s Child”? A: I wrote this story when my first child was still very young. For me parenting is joyful and rewarding but also frightening and painful; from the birth onward, there is the wrenching process of letting your children go.  As …

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