Amanda Linsmeier

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Amanda Linsmeier

What inspired your piece?
I had a big burst of creative energy a few months ago, and had no less than ten story ideas slam into my brain at once! I was on a fabulism and fantasy kick, and just trying to be really open-minded to anything unsual. This story came to me during that time, and was partially inspired by my own 90’s childhood and the antics my neighborhood pals and I go up to.

Do you have a favorite line or lines from your piece?
And besides, it was magic. She didn’t dare argue with it. That was one thing she’d listen to.

Who is your most influential writer? Who do you always go back to for inspiration?
I adore Carolyn Turgeon’s books. They always surprise me in some way.

What do you want readers to take away from your piece?

I would like if they thought it was odd, or funny, or heartwarming in some way. Any reaction is a good reaction, in my opinion.

What season do you find you write the most in?
I’d say spring. It’s my favorite season, and I’m a big fan of new beginnings. Everything feels so fresh. But I’d say I’m pretty consistent throughout the year. I don’t usually go more than a week between writing—and that’s usually when I have a publishing hangover or am ill. I like to write every day if possible.

Do you keep any snacks around while you write? If so, what’s your favorite?
I drink iced coffee and water nonstop. I like cheese and fruit, nuts, and chips. Sometimes chocolate… I pretty much like most snacks!

Do you ever create soundtracks for the piece you’re writing?
ALL the time. Not usually for short stories, but every novel-in-progress. I do listen to music every time I write. If it’s too quiet I tend to overthink. Music helps me shut off my brain and relax.

What is your ideal writing environment?
Hah. Quiet except for the background noise of my music (or a coffee shop). Coffee on hand. Space to spread out my notes and stuff. And a big window of time to work. I carve out time and space in my house now, but it’s not always the most realaxing, and there’s usually a pile of laundry or dirty dishes glaring at me while I work… I’d ideally like a separate office, and it would be spotless all the time. One can dream…

Do you find writing invigorating or exhausting?
It’s almost always invigorating, the best high ever when it’s going well. Querying/submistting can be difficult bcause it’s so much rejection. Editing is exhausting for me. The deep-revisions, copyedits, etc. I usually want to cry during that. My favorite time is the early draft when I’m just crazy with passion over the story, and then very final stage of polishing—when I’m focusing on the language and the way the writing feels and sounds. That’s when the intense sense of pride and gratitude really comes in, too.

Do you have any future writing plans?
Too many to list here. I’ve got a lot of plans, and luckily I’m pretty ambitious and hard-working. I hope to get an agent this year, for one thing. But every acceptance feels important and wonderful. I’m really happy to get this story accepted, so thank you!


You can read Amanda Linsmeier’s piece “Goldfish Wish” in Issue Five of The Ginger Collect.

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