Interview with Gregory M. Fox

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Connections between people. Through the written word, it is possible for me to connect with someone I may never meet face to face. Through shared words, we can cross time and space and connect. Through writing, we can share experience, get beyond ourselves, and learn more about the world and the people around us.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I have spent most of my life in Northern Indiana, mostly on the border between city and country. Being a midwesterner has definitely influenced my generally pragmatic worldview, but I think the specific places I have lived have also given me a balanced appreciation for what is natural and what is man-made, for what is individual and what is social, all of which has appeared in my writing. However, my experiences living elsewhere, including England and the East Coast have given me an even greater appreciation for the breadth of human experience and for the connections between people.
When did you first start writing?
I learned how to read and write when I was four or five, and I can remember coming up with ideas for books even in elementary school. However, it was while doing a creative writing project in junior high that I discovered the different things that writing could look like and that one could do with writing. I loved it. That was also when I got my first serious feedback as a writer and began to understand that writing is something that could and should be worked at and developed.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A little under four years ago, I started up a blog where I would post a short story of exactly 200 words on a weekly basis. Now that I have accumulated 200 of those stories, I am gathering them all together in one volume. Hopefully the first of many.
What are you working on next?
I am going to keep writing 200 word stories on my blog, but I am also working on a novel about an unlikely friendship between a young woman and an old woman, history, mental illness, the nature of truth and gardening.
Who are your favorite authors?
So many! Some of them include:
William Shakespeare
C.S. Lewis
Vladimir Nabokov
Sherman Alexie
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Samuel Beckett
Neil Gaiman
Ursula K. LeGuin
Margaret Atwood
Fyodor Dostoevsky
H.P. Lovecraft
Charles Dickens
Hiyao Miyazaki
What is your writing process?
I usually start with something very simple, a facial expression, a phrase, a character or relationship. And then I build around it, trying to discover the context that makes it meaningful.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My parents were filling my life with stories and books as far back as I can remember, but I think the first story which had a conscious impact on me was The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. They were enchanting, and I read them over and over, and have been enamored my whole life with the notion that there is more to the world than meets the eye.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to find a very striking image, something that will be eye catching and which evokes the mood or concepts of my story without necessarily being perfectly clear. Keeping the individual ideas (composition, color scheme, concept) simple keeps a clear, crisp engaging cover.
Published 2014-08-10.
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Books by This Author

Watch: Volume 2 of A Breath of Fiction
Price: Free! Words: 40,710. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
200 short stories--each exactly 200 words. Stories span the distant past, the possible future, our familiar present, and times that never were. The characters may be mighty and powerful, humble and ordinary, strange, or familiar. These moments, each a unique encounter in itself, form a mosaic of human experience, which just like life itself can include humor, pain, fantasy, love, loss, and hope.
A Breath of Fiction
Price: Free! Words: 41,130. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
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A Breath of Fiction is a unique collection of 200 stories, each made up of exactly 200 words. The stories range in mood from serious to enigmatic to poignant to silly. Some closely examine ordinary moments that might easily be overlooked. Others open a window to the fantastic and to the impossible. But all of the stories are concerned with what it means to experience life.