We spent most of January announcing our Fantasy from the Rock all-star lineup, but without actually reading the stories (and you can’t, not until April 27th!) it’s hard to get to know the authors that are helping make up this epic collection. With that in mind, here’s a little bit about Ali House, who first penned for Sci-Fi from the Rock and has proven herself a formidable force in the indie short fiction scene. She returns this year with her short story: Honour and The Invisible Boy.
A native Newfoundlander, Alison is a graduate of the Fine Arts program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (MUN). She currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she works in arts administration and spends more time than a person should in and around theaters.
1.What is your favorite word?
Ali: Defenestrate: to throw (a person or thing) out of a window.
2. What is your least favorite word?
Covetousness. I was acting in King John and had to say this word, and it took me a month to get it right.
3. What is your favorite movie?
Currently “Hidden Figures” (amazing ladies + math), and “Empire Records” (Drums + music + quote-ability).
4. What is your favorite book?
Some of my favourites include “The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath, “Good Omens” by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, and “Rumble Fish” by SE Hinton.
5. What was the last book you read for pleasure
I just finished Whitecoat: The Champions of 1940 by Kenneth Tam. Moose wrestling!
6. What are you currently working on?
Writing a possible sequel to The Six-Elemental, 2 short stories, 3 novellas, and 1 other novel. Plus editing an old NaNoWriMo novel.
7. How did you get involved with Engen?
A friend told me about someone who was collecting short stories for an anthology for Hal-Con, which was being published by Engen (Bluenose Paradox). I got 2 stories in that collection, so I met Matt and Ellen at Hal-Con that year and we hit it off. I also dealt at the poker game.
8. What is your favorite Engen Book?
Sci-Fi From the Rock, because it’s got a fantastic variety of amazing stories.
9. What (professionally) would you most like to accomplish?
Ideally: I want to make a living writing/editing. Fantastically: I want a show on Broadway. Impossibly: I want to be Neil Gaiman.
10. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Stage Management or Librarian.
11. What profession would you not like to do?
Surgeon. Way too stressful.
12. What’s Next?
I’m excited about the launch of “Fantasy From the Rock”, and plan on getting more of my work ready for submissions.