Speculative Fiction Showcase interviewed me on Strange Monsters, my writing soundtrack, and my influences here.
In 2011 I moved to Eugene, Oregon, where I was alternately and sometimes simultaneously very happy and very sad. In Oregon I learned independence and grew into myself as a writer and as a person, but I missed my family in Texas terribly.
In 2012 I wrote a story and used my experiences. “The Split” is about a woman who, upon moving to Oregon with her girlfriend, discovers that she has literally split in half, leaving part of herself at her childhood home.
Today that story appears in one of my favorite magazines, The Masters Review. It took four years to find the perfect home; I think there’s a lesson in there about persistence and the subjectivity of editorial taste, maybe something about creativity as emotional outlet. But also, there’s just a story: https://mastersreview.com/new-voices/the-split-by-bonnie-jo-stufflebeam/
“The Centaur’s Daughter” (published in A Capella Zoo, 2015) was reviewed at New Pages:
Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s “The Centaur’s Daughter” achieves a more nuanced approach to a queer text. First and foremost a coming of age narrative, Ruby’s queerness is one part of her character. Ruby is half centaur and queer, and Stufflebeam uses language reminiscent of a mixed-race family to discuss Ruby’s parentage. When Ruby narrates, “I’m a combination of my parents, and so they will never understand me,” she speaks from a place of real cultural confusion. Her teenage life is not like the “Centaursploitation movies” Stufflebeam references, and while Ruby loves her centaur father, she is also frightened of him and embarrassed by him. Stufflebeam’s piece makes queerness familiar because Ruby is a queer character, but she is so much more in ways that are both relatable and strange.
My story “Skeletons,” which originally appeared in Room Magazine, is in audio form today at GlitterShip! In a world where the skeletons of extinct animals go on walking and talking, a group of friends, all in love with the same woman, go camping.
Photo: [Dinornis Elephantopus] digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program
Out today, “The Way of Things” is my slipstream/magical realist take on the cyborg story. Read it here: http://www.crackthespine.com/2015/04/issue-144.html
First line: “I wake to find that my hand has turned to steel.”
They tell me that the stories that receive the most feedback have a good shot at being published in the print anthology, so if you like it, please consider commenting on the Crack the Spine page. Thanks!