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Aidan Doyle is a Clarion South 2009 survivor. Quotes for which he will be remembered are: “Bears are my unicorns”, “The zombies didn’t work for me from a programming perspective”, and “Needs more monkeys”. He is a traveller, writer, computer programmer and is publishing new stories at a rate of knots and working on a novel. I suspect an army of super monkey slaves. 

His work has been published in Fantasy Magazine, Weird Tales, Strange Horizons, Borderlands, Aurealis … and more!

1. If I wasn’t a writer, I would be …
In my high school careers class we had to compile a list of five jobs we thought might be interesting. I chose: computer games programmer, writer, actor, board games designer and security guard. I worked for a few years as a computer games programmer before moving into web site programming.  I don’t know why I listed security guard –
perhaps I was envisioning a life of foiling supervillains rather than patrolling cold warehouses.

I’ve visited several countries where for the purposes of filling in immigration forms, I am most definitely not a writer.  In those cases I list my occupation as pixel-pushing monkey wrangler.

2. Does every story really need 32% more monkeys?
Scholars have long debated the percentage of monkeys needed to provide a rich and satisfying tale.  Personally I think that adding 20% more monkeys after the first draft is the secret to crafting a literary masterpiece.  This excludes cases where you have zero monkeys in the first draft (20% of zero is still zero).  But if you were serious about writing, why would you have a zero monkey draft in the first place?

3. You get to be invisible for one day – where do you go, what do you do?
When I lived in Japan, I visited a ninja master who was training an army of monkey assassins in the art of stealth.  But the monkeys ended up just using their power of invisibility to play pranks on each other.  I suspect I would behave in a similar way to the monkeys.

4. My Snoopy Dance sale was …
When I was 17, I sold an article to my favorite magazine at the time – Dragon, the American role-playing magazine.  That was my first sale.

5. Donuts or danishes?
Donuts.  Is there anything they can’t do?

His revolution is here, but will not be anthologised … merely blogged.


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Kyla Ward has been short-listed for Ditmars and Aurealis Awards for the stories ‘Kijin Tea’ and ‘The Bat’s Boudoir’. Her short stories have been published in venues which include Shadowed Realms, Agog!, Borderlands, Scary Kisses and Passing Strange – and her poetry has appeared in Bloodsongs and Abbadon. She is also co-author of Prismatic, under the name of Edwina Grey, which won the Aurealis Award in 2006 for Best Horror Novel.

She is also co-owner of Tabula Rasa and the convenor of the Horror Stream of AussieCon 4 and here she answers some random questions.

1. Which line do you most regret writing?
I cut it almost immediately, but preserved it as a Dreadful Warning. “But it was not blank; it lay open on a vague phosphorescence. Darkles passed her in clouds, between violet fulgurations as they walked into it and through.”

2. From whence did the idea for “Cursebreaker: the Welsh Widow and the Wandering Wooer” come?
The seed was quite possibly an Amicus anthology entitled “Tales From The Crypt”. I was thoroughly traumatised at a tender age and things like that have to be dealt with eventually.

3. Wonder Woman -v- Jane Austen: discuss.
For that, I can only point you towards “Jane Austen’s Fight Club”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2PM0om2El8

4. When do you know a story is finished?
When it appears in print I generally accept it.

5. Donuts or danish?
Gluten free?

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