AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Vylar Kaftan and Shannon Prickett

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

The spaces in between time where nothing happens. Also, it’s about updates.

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

Shannon backed a card game once that he never got. But they took his money. This is not an isolated occurrence in the world of board games.

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

Vylar says, “It was interesting to exchange ideas with a co-writer, which I hadn’t done before.” Shannon says, “I had to not put porn in it.” As mentioned elsewhere, he’s funnier.

Most authors say all their stories are personal.  If that’s true for you, in what way was this story personal to you?

As writers, we’re used to taking everything personally.

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

Shannon had to support a lot of Kickstarters that took his money and never gave him updates. Research hurts.

What are your thoughts about crowdfunding generally? Do you back a lot of Kickstarters, or at least find a lot of interesting projects because of crowdfunding?

In general, it’s awesome. We’ve backed nearly sixty crowdfunding projects. We might be chumps.

How do you think Kickstarter and self-publishing platforms (like Amazon’s KDP, etc.) are changing publishing?

Shannon says, “By surfacing previously opaque mechanisms, it’s possible to become complicit in the destruction of careers, which is awesome.” Vylar says, “By doing something different than what’s been done before.” (It was her turn to be funnier.)

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.)

Ingress Report. Blue Lacuna. I Love Bees. Lateralus. Myst. Shannon says, “I’ve heard Vylar Kaftan has a story called ‘Civilization.'”