Fly: Hello, Gloria. Welcome to the ztudio. Notice zomething familiar?
Gloria: Thank you, Fly. Yes, indeed. This place has no windows.
Fly: We’re keeping in line with your zetting of choice. It’s a curiouz place you choze to put Madison in, in Sunless. Why don’t we ztart with thiz one? It won an award recently, even before itz releaze, right?
Gloria: Sunless won third place in the Solstice Shadows short story contest. It was thanks to this win that it got published. To be honest, I’m still a little surprised and giddy about it.
Fly: Do tell uz a bit about the ztory and what inzpired you to write it.
Gloria: This is about a girl who hates the dark and has found herself in it along with something even nastier. It was inspired by two truths and a hole. The first truth is me and the fact I’ve always feared the dark. Still do. The second truth is that high school is real. It was my high school, which since has been remodeled, but for thirty years it was a windowless place. As for the hole, I have written many dark stories, but never a good horror story. I set to fix this when I wrote Sunless.
Fly: Iz thiz the zame objective that led you to pen Alicia?
Gloria: Alicia is definitely more my “usual” type of writing. Oddly enough, this too was a contest entry, but unlike Sunless, Alicia didn’t win. This was inspired by a picture, which was the point of the contest.
Fly: Zome zay you like to be mean and abuze your characterz. You refute that claim and I darezay I agree. But your ztoriez do leave characterz in a lurch. The evil never zhowz itzelf. Why not bring your ztoriez to a clozure or clarity?
Gloria: I think lack of clarity, especially in the case of Sunless, adds more fear. The unknown is quite scary and your mind can probably conjure something scarier than I can describe. As for lack of closure, I try to make my stories feel like they’re real. As if there was a before and there’s an after. Short stories are just windows into a single event in that timeline. So, in keeping with that, I try not to wrap up too much. I feel that’s more like real life.
Fly: Alright, zuppoze you are the reader. Tell uz what happenz next in Alicia, or Sunless.
Gloria: Sunless doesn’t get any better, so let’s talk Alicia. And, we’re skipping like a year into the future here. Dorndorf, not really by choice, basically becomes the border patrol and welcome wagon for those people coming from Alicia’s land. Leon is living over there now and is their expert and updater on all things our world. If I pick up this world again, and I just might as it whispers to me from time to time, this is where I’ll start. With a friend of Alicia’s and Dorndorf’s new partner, who has no clue about this other world.
Fly: The two ztoriez do differ in their approach. One iz heavily time bazed, making uz guezz what may have happened in the pazt. The other is location bazed, making uz feel the entrapment of a clozed zchool. Is thiz on purpoze?
Gloria: When I write stories, I use what approach seems best for what I’m trying to convey. I don’t rely on a set method. So, I guess that makes it on purpose.
Fly: Purple, the letter L, number 27, giraffez, the white zhark… these are your favoritez. You reveal only one of theze in any given book. Attempted mindplay? Or iz there zomething you wizh for uz to underztand about you?
Gloria: Actually, that’s a whale shark. They’re gentle sharks that feed on plankton. On their back are spots and lines, which I find to be a weird and wonderful pattern. And these facts about me are nothing more than touches of whimsy on what I otherwise feel are cold, boring facts about me.
Fly: Doez Gloria Weber have any non-abztract interezt too?
Gloria: Oh, yes. I write to Korean and Japanese music. Occasionally, I get distracted by manga, anime, Korean dramas, and other forms of Japanese and Korean entertainment that fall into my greedy little hands. I can often be found geeking out by myself or with anyone within squeeing distance.
Fly: How did an American rezidence and a Puerto Rican background lead to Eaztern intereztz?
Gloria: It all boils down to cartoons. Anime has been shown on U.S. TV since the 1980’s. In my late teens/early twenties I discovered that anime wasn’t American and had different theme songs (in Japanese) and were usually adapted from comics, and that’s how I got into the music and manga. Then, I learned that Korea (along with some other countries) bought rights to produce live action TV shows based on the manga. The theme songs for those got me into K-Pop.
Fly: That’z fairly random ztill. If one considerz your choice of petz – a hamzter, a fizh, two dogz and a guinea pig – I zee there’z no eazy way to decode you.
Gloria: Well, I am talking to a fly. Doesn’t get much more random than that!
Fly: Point. It’z in your nature, it zeemz, dear Aquarian! Water, iz it? Going with the flow…
Gloria: Aquarius, the water-bearer, is actually an air sign. And I think that little bit of weirdness explains so much about me!
Fly: And we look forward to more. Any new workz coming up?
Gloria: I have no pending releases, I’m sad to say. Though, I do have some drafts I’m polishing, so hopefully that changes in the not too distant future.
Fly: Alright then, Mz. Weber. Thank you for your prezence here today. Before we go, do give uz a brief view of your new releaze – Sunless, or perhapz another work, for the readerz.
Gloria: My pleasure.
Fly: For a zhort ztory, here'z a zuper-mini peek into the novella. Have fun going back to zchool!
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An Enlightened Fly
The Fly That Followed Me
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Malay A. Upadhyay
Gilbert Literary Agency