My friend Beau, who teaches 7th and 8th grade, is discussing my stories “The Broken Chest” and “Red Light and Shadow” this week with his students.

Today at around Noon, I will answer questions live, via Skype for them. I’m so thrilled. Here’s a sampling of their questions:


  • Who, or what, was the Sphinxe? Does it really matter or was it just a way to pull the reader into the story then switch directions?
  • Does the Sphinxe matter to the ultimate story, which isn’t really about the Sphinxe at all?
  • Does the time/place/era of the story matter to the story you were trying to tell?
  • What inspired this story?
    In this story science and magic combine. Do you only write in the sci-­?fi/fantasy
  • genre?



  • Is this story an allegory for climate change, or was climate change a common knowledge concept that you could use to tell the story through the tree’s perspective?
  • Were the shadows meant to represent anything? A real environmental threat or an allegory to mythical/fictional creature?
  • Is there a hidden meaning beyond the implications towards global warming and environmental change?
  • How challenging is it to combine the flow of poetry with a prose story line?
  • Is the tree representative of people and their own mortality?
  • Why don’t trees have souls?

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