Katherine Sparrow lives, writes, makes soup, and has frequent spontaneous dance parties in Seattle. She’s a Nebula nominee as well as a Clarion West graduate, and has had the good luck to have her short work published all over the internet and in print. She’s currently working on a book about outcast kids with weird super powers. You can visit her at katherinesparrow.net. Katherine’s story “The Mostly True Adventures of Assman and Foxy” was published in Issue #17.
Tell us how “The Mostly True Adventures of Assman & Foxy” came about.
This is the absolutely true story of a break-up I had with a friend, though all the facts, names, details, and events have been changed.
What is it about the circus?
The circus. The circus! It’s the place where we could go and become fantastic, in every meaning of the word. It’s where women fly, dogs dance, and clowns drive cars with strange quantum mechanics. It’s the dirty tent squatting on the edge of town filled with hustlers, bearded ladies, and con artists and maybe, just maybe, if you are lucky they will take you with them when they go.
What is the best color you’ve ever dyed your hair? Maybe you haven’t discovered it yet…
In my punker youth (as opposed to my punker middle-age) I had manic-panic cotton candy pink hair.
What is currently in your cd player/iTunes/Spotify/8 Track?
My toddler is obsessed with Macklemore and Ryan and screams her head off when I play anything else.
What is your favorite Bradbury story/novel?
Something Wicked this Way Comes literally made me puke as a kid. So, that one? Also, he’s such an excellent writer, and this question reminds me I need to read more Bradbury.