|Name||A. A. Attanasio|
|Member Since||Apr 05, 2011|
I live in Honolulu, and I actually write most of my fiction inside a volcano: Koko Crater, a botanical garden near my home. I love fantasy fiction in all styles — from Homer and the Beowulf poet through Poe, Dunsany, and Tolkien to Calvino, Borges, and Moorcock. I do have favorites: Robert Holdstock (Mythago Wood) created otherworldly realms of enigmatic beauty that make me want to seek them out and live there! Emma Bull (Bone Dance) confronts the supernatural with emotional clarity. Nobody stretches my mind more vigorously than Jasper Fforde (The Eyre Affair). Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Raised by Wolves) depicts the spiritual hunger of adolescence (our common rite of passage) through paranormal situations both sensuous and thoughtful, and I admire her cool style. And I’m haunted by the magic of Margo Lanagan, who captures fantasies of the sorrowful heart (The Brides of Rollrock Island). Also, I’m a big fan of Paul Di Filippo (A Princess of the Linear Jungle), because his prismatic mind informs all his fiction with lyric humor and irony. When I’m not writing or reading, I enjoy hiking the high trails of the Hawaiian Islands. I get a spiritual lift visiting sacred sites where the first people told the stories that defined them. The islanders had an oral tradition. Many of their stories disappeared before missionaries introduced writing. Sitting among the stone ruins of ancient shrines, surrounded by the same elemental vistas that inspired myths now forgotten, I feel the power and grace of writing. And I share presence with silence.