My pal Marshall Payne interviewed Nancy Kress at the Nebulas.
I heart Nancy Kress – she gives awesome writerly advice over here http://www.sff.net/people/nankress/ and she’s also responsible for one of my favourite books, The White Pipes.
“Act One,” your novella on the final ballot for the Nebula Award for 2010 , is a story of genetic engineering in the near future. What was the inspiration behind this story?
It wasn’t any one thing, but rather a combination: a long-standing interest in the ambiguities of genetic engineering; happening to stumble across a fascinating book on dwarfism; an image of a beautiful woman descending a grimy basement stairs; and a poodle who seems exceptionally adept at reading body language. Such things cross-fertilize in the mind, and I’m usually surprised by what emerges.
Ze rest lives here http://www.nebulaawards.com/index.php/interview/nancy_kress_2010/