TNae Wilcox, "a child anxious to read", was raised in Michigan. One of her most memorable moments is lying on the floor, at the age of four, with her baby brother and a book. She spent her early years writing long-winded birthday cards for family members and "talking to make-believe people and pretending to help them solve their problems while playing Nintendo," she says. She's always been a highly imaginative person. TNae now resides in Detroit, Michigan with her husband, two children, and nephew.
You have a short story collection. Tell me a little bit about it, and why the title THE MISSING LOVED ONES?
The Missing Loved Ones is a work of speculative fiction. It includes the last 3 short stories I͛ve published, plus 4 shorter stories that are new. I chose the title because it was a common theme. It͛s not necessarily someone not being there physically, except for in 2 of the stories. In He’s You the son was dying and the parents found an unnatural way of dealing with the pain, because they didn͛t want to miss him.
In the other stories though, for example, The Prankster in the Box, it was the brother who was a completely different person than the sister remembered. In The Gift, it was both wife and husband who͛d ͞gone missing͟. It͛s about waking one day and realizing that someone you love is (or close to being) someone else. Unrecognizable in some cases.
Which story is your favorite?
It’s hard to just pick one. I love The Gift because it’s about marriage and I’m married, so I can relate. Then there’s He’s You, which I think might be unpopular with readers, but I liked it because it’s about this little boy who comes home from a miraculous recovery and finds out that he’s not done fighting yet.
I’ll choose the story Safe Word, that’s the bonus story and has nothing to do with the title at all. It just touches on a subject I’m passionate about, which is bullying.
Determined to make her mark in speculative fiction, TNae Wilcox assembled a novella-length collection of short and short, short stories that are entertaining, and humorous at times.
*TWO OF THE SAME KIND
*WHAT ABOUT HER
*PRANKSTER IN THE BOX