I know, I know, we’re running a little late. But sometimes when you’ve got something good, you have to stretch the already taut wire of anticipation.
And we’ve got something good. Two somethings, to be exact.
First, I’m excited to introduce you to our new fiction editor, Annie Olson! Your humble editor tricked Ms. Olson into doing this job because I fancy myself as wily and evil like Loki. It had to happen because Annie is super talented and a perfect fit for the magazine. But don’t let me convince you. We put together a little five-question interview to let you all see for yourselves how awesome she is. I mean, she can’t even be mean to your ridiculous editor when handed the opportunity.
FM: We’ll start easy. Pudding or Jell-O?
FM: What’s the one myth that has always stuck in your mind and stayed with you no matter how hard you’ve tried to shake it?
AO: Icarus gets his more than his fair share of mentions in pop culture; however, I remember hearing the Icarus story in 3rd grade and it stuck with me.
FM: If you woke up in the body of a god or goddess who would you want it to be and why? (This is like the “if you could have a super power” question only way cooler.)
AO: I don’t know about God or Goddess, but I will go with the shape shifting trickster Coyote from Native American creation myths.
FM: So you’re our new resident fiction expert. What do you like to see in a story that is submitted to Fickle Muses?
AO: Originality. If you’re using themes or characters from myth, something new should be revealed in the story.
FM: Do you have a favorite writer or artist who uses myth and legend?
AO: Rudolfo Anaya. I love his use of language and modern take on traditional stories. Way before I moved to New Mexico, I did my undergrad thesis in Native American mythology.
FM: Bonus question: If you could sic a mythological being on Angela, what would it be? (This is to see how much you want to kill me for making you do this. Bahaha!)
AO: Oh, dear… You’re just an Artemis. I love Artemis. Ambitious and strong.
See how great she is? And for her very first edition she picked an equally great story by Orlaith O’Sullivan. Finally we get to hear the many conquests of Zeus’ side of the story all together. It’s great solidarity but they also have a fun surprise up their sleeves to show the world that it is these famed mythological women who truly hold the control. It’s fabulous and I was delighted. I’m sure you will be, as well.
Angela Maria Williams
Contributor’s Notes: (Orlaith is pronounced ‘Orla’, just so your internal monologue is correct). Orlaith is an award-winning Irish writer with a PhD in Renaissance literature. Her short stories have appeared in Irish and international journals. She is winner of the Fish Knife Award and The Stinging Prize, and was shortlisted for the William Trevor International Short Story Competition and the JG Farrell Award.