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A monthly multigenre fiction magazine. We have two goals: publishing great storytelling and fair pay for writers and artists.
A monthly multigenre fiction magazine. We have two goals: publishing great storytelling and fair pay for writers and artists.
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Q&A with Fireside short story writer James McGee

Yesterday went well, especially after we announced the new rewards, and we're almost at $9,500 with 13 days to go!

A couple people have asked: what if I already chose a reward but like a new one better? You can log in to Kickstarter and then visit our page, and at the top of the right-hand column is a green "Manage Your Pledge" button you can use to change rewards and pledge amounts.

Several of the new options to pick which writer will use your name in a story have sold, but you can still select A.E Decker, Karina Cooper, Adam P. Knave, Jennifer Campbell-Hicks, and today's Q&A subject, James McGee.

Q&A with James McGee

Why are stories important, and what compels you to be a storyteller?

Nothing connects us as human beings like stories. No matter the subject, someone out there reads a story and thinks "Yeah, I get that." That kind of truth just can't be duplicated anywhere else. As a storyteller, I hope to entertain people and make that connection.

What are your favorite kinds of stories to read?

I lean toward the odd--whether it be sci-fi/fantasy subjects, or looking at a more conventional subject through a new lens. I also love to learn something new when I read a story. 

Are those the same kind of stories you like to write? If not, what do you like to write?

In my own work, I certainly like to do strange things, or maybe shed light on a world people don't know much about. But more than anything, I subscribe to the Fireside philosophy: If a reader gets to the bottom of the page and says "Then what?" I've done my job.

Your story for Fireside, "Sell It Like Death," is already in. Tell us something about it.

"Sell It Like Death" is about a rookie pro-wrestler finding out there's sometimes a big difference between the dream and the reality.

Tell us something about you that doesn't make it into your biography.

I do a pretty good Dusty Rhodes impersonation.

James McGee has loved stories all his life, and has wanted to tell them since he was in the 8th grade. His work has appeared in Shakespeare Shaken from Red-Stylo Media, and in Super Flash Fiction. James holds an MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University and lives in West Virginia with his wife, Laura, and an ever-growing army of cats. You can find him on Twitter @MrJamesMcGee.

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      Jonathan Combs on February 20, 2013

      I can verify the quality of James' Dusty Rhodes impersonation.