Photo by Leslie Howle

In 2001 Jack Skillingstead submitted a story to Stephen King’s “On Writing” contest. He won — and not long afterward he began selling regularly to major science fiction and fantasy markets. To date he has published more than thirty stories in various magazines, Year’s Best volumes and original anthologies. Jack has also published two novels, with more on the way. His short work has been translated into multiple languages and has been taught in university classrooms from Rutgers to San Diego State. He has been nominated for both the Theodore Sturgeon Award (for “Dead Worlds”) and the Philip K. Dick Award (for the novel, Life on The Preservation). Jack occasionally lectures at writing workshops. He lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife, writer Nancy Kress.

The interview excerpt below was conducted more or less on the spur of the moment in Nantes, France, where my wife and I were attending the Utopiales science fiction festival in 2012. A translator was present, which is why it appears that I am watching a very slow ping pong match. Also, I was tragically undercaffeinated. Enjoy!?

The full video can be seen here.