Amy Parker is the author of several short stories including The Creative Process, Bug House and The Hundredth Year of the War. Her work can be found on Smashwords and Amazon.com.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Things You Can Do With A Brick - interesting story. I'd read Marbles by Ellen Forney, and at one point she discusses tests of creativity, and her example was thinking of how many uses you could find for a brick. And there'd been a preview of a movie where police interrogators were making a woman stand on a brick. The two came together in my head one night, and the first draft of the story came out in a rush. It's stylistically unusual, but I'm pleased with it.
When did you first start writing?
I'm not sure exactly when I started. Like many kids, I was making up stories from an early age. In second grade, a poem I wrote was included in our school district's magazine. After that, I grew up with the idea of writing and being a writer.
After years of chronic depression, Laura finally has a job - sleeping. She does the sleeping that busy professionals can't afford to. No longer living on disability, she's working, earning a living, and contributing to society. But is she really better off?
No one can predict how much of your mind comes back after a delirium bomb attack. How much memory, how much sanity. All Wren can do is lie in bed and hope.
But there's something strange in the hospital, creeping around the edge of her unreliable senses. With the help of a mysterious janitor, Wren has to face giant insects and the treachery of her own mind.
After one hundred years of war, it had all become very simple. Patriotism and loyalty were good, and wasting compassion on the Enemy, pale blue aliens with golden eyes, was bad. Even children could grasp that.
Except for Marlene, who wanted to know why.
"Where do you get your ideas?" A simple question, but when you blink and find yourself crouching in the Martian dust, or staggering under the weight of new-found wings, the answers are far from simple.
A short story.