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Interview: Tina Connolly on “The Two Choice Foxtrot of Chapham County”

Tina ConnollyTell us a bit about “The Two Choice Foxtrot of Chapham County.”

Avoiding spoilers, I would say that I tend to write stories about young adults grappling with figuring out what kind of person they’re going to be, and this story is reflective of that.


What was the inspiration for this story, or what prompted you to write it?

Vylar Kaftan gave me a “title” as a prompt for this story. That phrase sparked the story, but I didn’t end up using it as the title, for reasons of spoilers. It was an image that now appears in the end of the story. From that, I worked backwards to figure out how I would get to that moment, and then at that point, I had to choose a new title. I am very grateful to her for that inspiration.


Was this story personal to you in any way? If so, how?

I grew up in the midwest. Since I moved away a dozen years ago, I find myself writing more stories where the setting is drawn from the landscape I grew up in.


What are you working on now?

My final book in the Seriously Wicked series, Seriously Hexed, comes out this November. The books are about a teenage girl who lives with a “seriously wicked” witch, and throughout the series, she wrestles with the ethical uses of powerful magic—as well as dealing with everyday problems like rockstar demons, frog-pixies, and Algebra. I also have a novelette coming out at early 2018 that focuses on pastries and revenge.


Anything else you’d like to add?

If you enjoy this story, my flash story “Miss Violet May from the Ten Thousand Lakes” is set in the same world. It’s in my collection On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories, which is, um…currently nominated for a World Fantasy Award. Excited about that!


“The Two Choice Foxtrot of Chapham County” appears in the September/October 2017 issue of F&SF.

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