Deborah A. Wolf was born in a barn and raised on wildlife refuges, which explains rather a lot. She has worked as an underwater photographer, Arabic linguist, and grumbling wage slave, but never wanted to be anything other than an author. Deborah’s first trilogy, The Dragon’s Legacy, has been acclaimed as outstanding literary fantasy and shortlisted for such notable honors as the Gemmell Award. This debut was followed by Split Feather, a contemporary work of speculative fiction which explores the wildest side of Alaska. Deborah currently lives in northern Michigan. She has four kids (three of whom are grown and all of whom are exceptional), an assortment of dogs and horses, and two cats, one of whom she suspects is possessed by a demon. Deborah is represented by Mark Gottlieb of Trident Media Group.
Her story, “Oderzhimost'”, appears in the Weird World War III anthology.
What kinds of stories do you write? Why?
Speculative fiction with a grimdark bent. Because that’s how I’m bent, I guess.
Which of your short stories is your favorite? Why?
I don’t have a favorite kid, and I don’t have a favorite story.
Besides yourself, which other contemporary authors would you recommend?
Anna Smith Spark, Anna Stephens, Michael Fletcher, Dyrk Ashton, Rob Hayes, and definitely Scott Oden. None of whom are members of a secret cabal of authors, honest.
What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you?
My dog and I found an Ice Age bison skull when I was a kid. That was pretty cool.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
It involved Tannerite. Beyond that, I plead the Fifth. (Also, I regret NOTHING).
Tell me about a time you almost died.
When I was nineteen or so, four of us hopped on three snowmachines and made an unplanned trip from McGrath to Takotna. On the way back, one of our drivers was drunk and took off, the second snowmachine broke down, and the three of us were stuck with one machine for the long trip back. It was seventy-something degrees below zero. Then our last machine broke down…
With duct tape and luck, the three of us made it back to McGrath at about 4 in the morning. My knees were frozen solid and my feet were pretty well frostbitten, but we all survived.
Bush Alaska can be a tough place. I’m fifty one years old now, and the only one of that group who is still alive.
Tell us something about you that very few people know.
I have an intense dislike of being hugged. Gross. It’s almost as bad as cole slaw.
What is your favorite speculative fiction genre? Why?
Nothing transports me like epic fantasy. Well-written epic fantasy is one of the chief delights in life.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
The north shore of Maui.
What was your favorite subject in school? Why?
Reading/English/Language Arts, always and forever. I dedicated my first book (THE DRAGON’S LEGACY) in part to my high school English teacher Deane O’Dell. As to why… reading has always been my drug of choice. Writing is just reading in my head.
What’s your favorite book? Why?
Because it’s the greatest book ever written, that’s why. Fight me.
If you could live in any time period, when would it be? Why?
I rather like the present time period, if we could just skip through from November 2016 till the day they lead a handcuffed Trump off to begin his prison sentence.
Each of the stories in this volume evoked certain themes and emotions that can sometimes be approximated with music. The below video is the editor’s best interpretation of the feelings and themes that this author’s story evoked. Please note that this is only the editor’s interpretation. The author did not know this portion of the blog post existed until the editor published it.
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