Episode 073 of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick features an interview with author P. A. Cornell — the first interview since episode 10 in 2018!
P.A. Cornell is a Chilean-Canadian writer who penned her first speculative-fiction story as a third-grade assignment (a science-fiction piece about shape-shifting aliens). While her early publications were in non-fiction, she has been steadily selling her short fiction since 2016.
An active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association and 2002 graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop, her stories have appeared in several professional anthologies and genre magazines, including Galaxy’s Edge, Cossmass Infinities, and Compelling Science Fiction, an anthology from Flame Tree Press.
Her debut science fiction novella Lost Cargo was published in 2022 by Mocha Memoirs Press.
You can learn more at pacornell.com or find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Our conversation covers P. A.’s early and current influences, why and what she writes, her definition of success, developing the intuition to know when a story’s going to work, creating around depression and anxiety, and a whole lot more.
This episode was recorded on February 27th, 2023. The conversation with P. A. Cornell was recorded on January 18th, 2023.
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- What is felt art?
- P. A.’s great-uncle was a personal friend of Pablo Neruda. You should get to know him, too!
- What’s a Drabble?
- Among P. A.’s contemporary influences are the authors Sarah Pinsker and Derrick Boden.
- Who was Lester Dent?
- Author Jeff VanderMeer’s funny tweet (okay, one of…)
- If you’re a writer and you haven’t yet seen Barton Fink… fix that.
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- Both P. A. Cornell and I swear by the use of natural light light bulbs.
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