Our first mini-interview from the summer issue comes from Danielle Ferries, author of the terrifying (and yet oddly heartbreaking) “The Broken Juggler”.
1. For those who haven’t read it yet, can you describe “The Broken Juggler” in one sentence?
It’s Little Women gone horribly, horribly wrong.
2. Ha! Yes, yes it is. Sapphira is so sad and frightening at the same time, and her sisters very much the same in their own ways. Can you tell us what inspired her voice and story for you?
I wanted to write a story about a martyr, an eldest child who’d been left to raise her sisters and is struggling to know herself or have a life of her own. I also thought of Little Women—a story I’ve always loved—and asked myself what would happen if they were vile creatures instead of good, wholesome girls, and what sort of horrors they might unleash on the world.
3. That explains it all. Fabulous! You’re a busy writer–can you tell us what you’ve been up to lately and where we can find more of your work?
I’m currently working on the final draft of a gothic suspense novel and I’ve also recently had a short story (“The Baited Psychopath”) released in “Whacked! An Anthology of Murder” with Rainstorm Press. There are a few other characters swimming around in my head demanding to be heard so I’m going to get working on another two short stories very soon.
Sounds wonderful, Danielle. Thanks for being the first to humor our questions this time around. Haven’t checked out “The Broken Juggler” yet? Ah, how could you resist, now? Here it is.