Stephanie Jacob: Congratulations on being named the new editor at Apex Magazine. What about the position appealed to you? Are you excited to jump in and begin editing short fiction and poetry?
Mother Nature is a dramatic image. The muted palette and striking imagery convey such power. Traditionally we see Mother Nature as an ethereal, bountiful being, bursting with color. What prompted you to create her darker side, a side that is captivating and thought provoking and yet inspires more than a little fear?
Elizabeth Bear was the winner of the 2005 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the 2008 Hugo Award for Best Short Story for “Tideline,” and the 2009 Hugo Award for Best Novelette for “Shoggoths in Bloom.” “The Leavings of the Wolf” marks Bear’s first appearance in Apex Magazine.
Tether is a gritty, flawed character who has the ability to get under your skin. He is the kind of character that resonates with the reader and stays with them even after the story is told. Can you tell us about Tether’s development and what motivates him?
When we first start reading “Frank” there is a sense of normalcy. But in a few paragraphs we are given our first indication that this story is far from normal. “I could drive on out of here and be so far gone by the time he got back he’d never be able to find me.” I don’t say nothing.