Carol, you’re a fan­tasy reader’s dream author. Since you’ve con­sis­tently pro­duced a novel ev­ery year and built up sev­eral se­ries with out­stand­ing char­ac­ters and pow­er­ful sto­ry­lines. Are you ex­hausted? What keeps you go­ing?

Pulp Literature - - INTERVIEW -

Carol Berg

Pulp Lit­er­a­ture: 2000, Carol Berg: I have to say that since I fin­ished work on Ash and Sil­ver in sum­mer 2015, I have done very lit­tle writ­ing. Un­canon­i­cal Magic is the ex­cep­tion! This is partly be­cause of fam­ily events. Partly be­cause of do­ing some writ­ing work­shop devel­op­ment, con­ven­tion travel, and book launch work for Ash and Sil­ver. And, yes, partly be­cause I did feel a bit wrung out af­ter re­leas­ing fif­teen siz­able, com­plex books in six­teen years. But here it is spring of 2016 and I can­not wait to plunge back into writ­ing. I am head­ing for the moun­tains next week. For some rea­son I do my best work at high al­ti­tude with glo­ri­ous scenery spread out around me. While there, I hope to fin­ish off two short stories and do some se­ri­ous think­ing about my next big project.

What keeps me go­ing? The story. Ev­ery story of mine be­gins with an im­pres­sion of an in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ter in a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion. Once I get that vi­sion, I have to go fer­ret out the story be­hind it. That is a truly ad­dic­tive plea­sure.

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