Interview with Mia Kirsi Stageberg

Published 2016-09-01.
What’s it like for you to republish old work?
It’s scary and exhilarating to revisit my work that’s out of print! Reworking “Nisio and Shula” (1974) I found the original ending abrupt, had to go into it deeper though I couldn’t change its DNA, and it remained mysterious. In the original piece I’d held to a groove where psychic interactions carry the weight. Today I needed to show more of what Nisio and Shula hope for, suffer from, and need. The formatting process helps because you see it up close. Like Anaïs Nin said about typesetting by hand.
Why do you live where you do?
First I lived in Minneapolis, later other cities from East Coast to Southwest—also Haifa, Israel and Toronto. Along the way I loved working in Washington, DC to get the Americans With Disabilities Act passed. That said, I need artist friends, and I’d yearned for crazy-beautiful San Francisco for years. I finally made it early 1990s: ever-seething ocean, hills that defy streetcars, the intense Mission, vibrancy of North Beach, and now I’m glad to live in Japantown. I belong in this city, San Francisco.
What do you get out of Smashwords?
I’m glad to share with new readers at such an easy price. How many sites publish work in the range between a story and a novel? And if you can’t find an agent after an exhausting search or can’t place work you slaved over, it can live here and be known. The support staff’s very good, and the resources are on the site if you just do it. Smashwords distributes all EBook formats, unlike some others. I also find other interesting authors and their work. (I sure didn’t get paid to rave about this! It’s just a thank-you.)
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Books by This Author

Ice Becomes Water
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,730. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
This tale alternates between an imagined ancient Scandinavia and a present-day narrator yearning toward her ancestors. Multiple viewpoints matter—even a deer's. "Magnificent, filled with allegory and story and lyricism." —Barbara Rose Brooker, author of The Viagra Diaries
Nisio and Shula
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,790. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Literature » Literary
A restless traveler meets a startling healer in the North, and both are deeply changed. "Mia Kirsi Stageberg’s fiction has an intense sensuality like Proust, only edgier, stranger." —Geoff Rips, author of award-winning novel The Truth