The Quarterly is an eMagazine of LGBTQ fiction - of all kinds. This volume features four short stories: Facsimile by Mina MacLeod, Leash on Love by Beany Sparks, Man of the House by Brigid Collins, and Avalon by J. Scott Coatsworth. It also includes an Author Interview with Lexi Ander, talking about writing gay science fiction, and a Featured Artist section about the multitalented Catherine Dair. And our very own Angel Martinez offers an Op-Ed on "When is an Author not an Author?"
About the author:
Mischief Corner Books is an organization of superheroes... no, it's a platinum-album techno-fusion group...no, hold on a sec here...
Ah, yes. Mischief Corner is a diverse group of authors who met on a mountain in Tennessee and decided since we probably were too easily distracted to rule the world that we'd settle for causing a bit of mayhem instead.
In addition to making mayhem, we publish books with a diverse range of genres and topics... we live to break molds.
MCB. Giving voice to LGBTQ fiction.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/768711466509499/
Website and Store: http://mischiefcornerbooks.weebly.com
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Cover Artist: Freddy MacKay
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Mina MacLeod, author of Facsimile.
Hi Mina, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
1) What genre is your story and what drew you to this genre?
"Facsimile" is SF with a dash of existential horror. My favorite SF stories are the ones in which things are not always what they seem. The concept of identity crises has always appealed to me. Are you really who you say you are, if everyone else says you aren't?
2) How many days a week do you write?
I aim for at least 3-4 days per week when an idea is fresh, even if it's just a couple hundred words. Some days, I can get 7,000 words in a single short sitting; other days, just completing a single paragraph is akin to pulling teeth.
3) On average, how long does it take to write a book?
I tend to have a feast-or-famine approach to my writing. When I'm in the zone, I can hammer out many thousands of words. Conversely, when I'm not feeling it, absolutely nothing is accomplished. It took a long time, but eventually I learned not to feel like an abject failure when that happened. When you need a break, you need a break!
4) Do you have a trailer for your book? If yes, give us the link. If not, do you think you’d like to have one done at some point?
Great, now you've got me fantasizing of all the great actors I'd like to see in book trailers... *star eyes*
5) If I could be a character in a book, I would be _______?
This is totally an unfair question; how am I supposed to choose from all the awesome books out there? Ultimately, I think maybe Hiro Protagonist from SNOW CRASH. The integrity of pizza delivery must be upheld at all costs. ALL. COSTS.
Leash on Love by Beany Sparks
There he is again.
Matty noticed the man exit the gym as he'd done numerous times over the past few months. The gym was only a few doors down from the veterinary practice where Matty came to help out his cousin Robert when he wasn't at uni.
Every day after his classes finished, he'd pop down to the practice and walk the dogs that were in doggy day care. Some days he'd finish earlier than others, so he didn't always walk the dogs at the same time, but on the days that he walked the dogs later, he'd leave around the same time as the guy left the gym.
He'd noticed gym-guy after the first few visits to his cousin's vet practice. There was nothing outrageous about the man. He had light brown hair and muscles that were obviously from his time spent at the gym, but not that of a hard-core body builder. Something about him had caught Matty's eye, but he couldn't pinpoint what it was. He looked forward to seeing him, but he hadn't gotten up the courage to say anything to him, let alone get caught watching him. Even now he was practically hiding behind his car, pretending to be looking for his keys.
Matty turned to see Ronnie, or Veronica as her name badge indicated, coming towards him. Ronnie had been his best friend for years, which worked out well when she married his cousin. While Robert was a vet, Ronnie was a dentist who conveniently worked in the building opposite the vet practice. The only thing separating the buildings was the numerous parking spaces in between.
"Hey, Ronnie. What's been happening?" Matty asked as he walked up to her and gave her a hug, which she happily returned.
"Oh you know, same old, same old." She moved back a step and leaned against his car. "How are things with you?"
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