Tom Pendergrass’s short story, Urban Renewal, appears in the Summer 2006 issue of Shimmer.
Questions About the Story
Where did the idea come from?
This story was the result of a writing competition for my writing group, Codex Writers. The basics of the competition was to take a well known fairy tale or nursery rhyme and rewrite it.
How is this story like your other work? How is it different?
I’ve never written a story with a non-narrative format like this one, so that was a bit of a stretch. On the other hand, I spent almost a dozen years in the federal government, so the art of writing obfuscating memos is second nature.
Questions About Writing
Who do you write for? Yourself or someone else?
I write for cash. Please send more.
What writing projects are you presently working on?
I have one novel, The Final Transformation, that I am attempting to lure some unsuspecting publisher to buy. I am working on another novel currently.
What time of day do you prefer to do your writing?
I prefer mornings, however, given the requirements of my day job and family, I usually don’t start until 9 PM.
Favorite book read when you were a child?
There were so many that its hard to pick just one. Anything by Andre Norton or Robert Heinlein, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner, Johnny Tremaine by Esther Forbes.
Cat or dog person?
I have two dogs, both Dalmatian mixes.
If you had a working time machine what advice would you give a younger self?
Bet it all on the Minnesota Twins to win the series in 1987. They were like 600 to 1 underdogs at the beginning of the season.