Devi-James Balcombe-Danzig interviewed Sarah Lotz for The Solaris Editor’s Blog as part of the series they’re doing on contributors to Magic: An Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane edited by Jonathan Oliver.
Lotz’s short story “If I Die, Kill My Cat” is part of the anthology that includes 15 stories “of the sorcerous arts”. In the interview she discusses the inspiration for the story, her literary influences and her upcoming projects.
This Wednesday will see the launch of the MAGIC anthology. In our excitement we have interviewed a few of the contributors regarding their influences, inspirations and what they would do if they could cast one spell…
Here we interview Sarah Lotz, writer of the story IF I DIE, KILL MY CAT, in the MAGIC anthology:
1] What was the idea that inspired you to write this story?
It’s a mash-up of several ideas. After reading Blood Sisters, a non-fiction book about a couple of South African crime scene cleaners (in this country their job is more Silence of the Lambs than Sunshine Cleaning), I wanted to write a story from the perspective of a woman who does this harrowing work. It also stemmed from a bizarre article I read a while ago about druids who were contracted by the Austrian government to dispel bad energy from notorious motorway black spots (I hope it’s true, it’s awesome).