AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Heather Lindsley

Tell us a bit about your story. What’s it about?

It’s about a project to save the endangered frozen head of a 20th-century American icon through an anonymous crowdfunding site called KickiLeaks.

What was the genesis of the story—what was the inspiration for it, or what prompted you to write it?

My inspiration came from the anthology itself, its real-world Kickstarter project, and of course Keffy’s fabulous title story. I read the anthology description and thought, “Ooh, meta! That looks like fun.”

Was this story a particularly challenging one to write? If so, how?

Not really—I love constrained formats and riffing inside boundaries. And once I settled on the (cough) Grimsbyverse as my subject, there was plenty of content to work with. The hardest part was cutting the bits I thought might get me sued.

What kind of research did you have to do for the story?

Let’s just say it’s not a small world after all.

BONUS: What are some examples of fiction you like in which the format helped dictate the story? (i.e., like the stories in HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!!, or like a found footage movie, or like Jake Kerr’s “Biographical Fragments of the Life of Julian Prince,” etc.)

I love the “Choose Your Own Adventure” format. I’ve read some lovely examples in shorter incarnations like Vylar Kaftan’s “Civilization” in Brave New Worlds. It would be an interesting challenge to try the format at a length more akin to the originals.