Scott Sandridge, editor for A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court joins us today to answer some questions about editing such a large anthology. I have a particular interest in this book, since one of my own stories, “The Last Mission,” appears in it.
1. Where did the idea for A Chimerical World come from?
When Stephen asked me if I’d like to edit a themed anthology for Seventh Star Press, I pitched a few ideas his way, and a faerie themed anthology was one of them. Originally it was going to be one anthology of faeries, but I received so many good stories that I just had to keep. So we decided to split the A Chimerical World anthology into two volumes: Tales of the Seelie Court and Tales of the Unseelie Court.
I always liked stories about faeries, so I thought an anthology of such stories would be fun to put together. And, judging by how big the slush pile got, a lot of writers were just aching to write such stories.
2. Did you come across any surprises while editing this anthology?
I discovered the hard way that in the process of formatting from Word to PDF/ebook to print, endings have a bad habit of disappearing on you. Don’t you love technology? Lol!
All the problems got fixed of course. 🙂
3. What’s the greatest challenge involved in editing the anthology?
When you get to the point where you have to decide which good stories to keep and which good stories to reject, that’s the hardest part of the process. Even after dividing the anthology into two volumes there were still stories I had to say no to; otherwise, each anthology would’ve been over 600 pages if not bigger.
4. What was the best part about editing the anthology?
All the great stories I got to read, and interacting with so many awesome writers.
5. Do you have plans for a future anthology?
Perhaps. Who knows? A Chimerical World might end up becoming a series of anthologies. 😉
6. Are the stories arranged in a particular order (such as genre or chronology)?
I placed stories that had a mysteriousness about them or introductory-ish at the front, filled up the middle with stories involving Fey interacting with humans, and near the back I placed the stories of Fey interacting with other Fey as well as stories about Fey that skirt the borders between the two Courts.
7. Are there any recurring themes among the stories?
No, just faeries, and the themes that tend to be common among stories about the Fey.
8. What genres were involved in this anthology?
Everything from fantasy to fairy tales to science fiction and horror, and even cyberpunk.
9. What constitutes a “good story?”
A story that maintains your interest from start to finish and leaves you thinking about things you might have never thought about before—or just pulls on your heart strings.
10. Is there one particular genre you prefer?
Fantasy, especially when mixed with a little horror.
11. Which Muppet are you most like?
Oscar the Grouch.
12. What question do you wish I’d asked? (… and what’s the answer to it?)
How many pixies does it take to screw in a light bulb? None, because pixies don’t need light bulbs.
13. Where can folks find you on the web?
Somewhere between Shelob and Lolth—oh wait, wrong web. You can find me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/smsandwrites) and Twitter (@scottmsandridge), and of course there’s my blog (www.smsand.wordpress.com).
Great, thanks for dropping by!
More Chimerical World info coming next week.