Interview: with Andrea Teare

Andrea Teare is a speculative fiction author who writes short stories, and is currently working on her first novel. Her work has appeared in various anthologies from Horrified Press and most recently in Antipodean SF's 250th edition special. More about Andrea can be found on her website

Hi Andrea! Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a speculative fiction writer! I also have a day job, take care of a family, and a second degree black belt in taekwondo. I have a never-ending to be read pile, I start many more stories than I’ll ever finish, and I love watching pulpy horror movies on Friday nights.

Do you have any particular writing rituals you are comfortable sharing?

I’m going to sound horribly cliché’d, but every Tuesday at lunchtime, I take my laptop to a local café chain and brainstorm and write a short story. There’s something about that environment that unlocks the flash fiction section of my brain and lets me get a short piece done on demand.

Are there any horror/fantasy/sci-fi tropes or sub genres which you feel are played out? And vice versa, what tropes would you like to see more of?

I could probably do with a break from the ‘Apocalypse removing somebody’s sense or ability to perform a certain task’ style stories. I recently read Where the Dead go to Die from Aaron Dries and Mark Allan Gunnell, dealing with a hospice, and care for persons who were becoming zombies. It was an eye-opening experience to think about care taken for those who will die or become a monster, but who are still human until then. I’d like to see more angles on tropes/genres that play on the traditional view.

What books are beside your bed right now?

Right now, my reading pile is Circe by Madeline Miller, Halcyon by Rio Youers, and The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern

Published or unpublished, what's the hardest scene you've written?

A scene in my work in progress, where a large group of people is participating in a ritual that goes wrong. It’s difficult to balance story with the need to keep an eye on everyone, and it’s necessary to leave out just as much as what was put in.

What are your thoughts on indie publishing in Australia?

I think that a strong indie publishing scene in any country helps to better define a culture that is more reflective of every type of viewpoint. Australia is a large and diverse nation, with remarkably few traditional publishing routes. It would be great to see the smaller indie publishers having a greater voice at the large festivals and events, just to remind the public readers, and authors that there’s more out there than just the few colorful volumes at the local Big-W.

To what degree do you feel everything has already been written, in some form or another? Have you ever started writing a story, only to discover someone has already written it?

I do think, that if you search hard enough, there’s something already written that resembles any piece in progress. But themes and story structure aren’t the be all and end all. It’s how it’s told that makes each piece different. Look at how many remakes of well-known fairy tales there are, and how different each new piece can be. There are many recurring ideas and themes, but characters and interactions and even the style of a piece is imbued with the writer’s own experience and voice, and that’s what makes a story grow legs.

Great. Thanks, Andrea!

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