Click here to read L. Soviero’s “Leomande.”
L. Soviero was born in Queens, lives in Melbourne and studies creative writing on the web with the University of Edinburgh. Her most recent publications can be found at Maudlin House, Seizure and Star 82 Review.
1. What made you want to become a writer?
Like other writers, I’m a constant reader. Stories have come into my life at just the right moment, when I really needed to hear what they had to say. Call it coincidence, call it kismet, call it selective attention; any way you slice it I’ve always found life-changing literature very punctual. I love that something as subtle as words on a page has the power to push me in new directions, both physically and metaphorically. It made me want to be involved. And really, I feel a little less of a person without writing.
I also like making shit up.
2. What is your genre or writing style and has it changed over time?
We’re constantly dealing with, absorbing and processing our waking world. I don’t use magical realism to escape the waking world, but I do use it to play with it. Magical realism is sometimes a way of interpreting my dreams. I’ll take a dream that makes no sense and try to make sense of it on the page. In this way, magical realism acts as a connection between my conscious and subconscious mind.
3. What has helped you the most in the writing pursuit?
Honest. Constructive. Feedback.
My mom has also told me that when I was learning to walk, my brother would push down every time I got to my feet. She said I always had determination in my little baby eyes. This determination has remained with me, so I accept the knocks and blows that come in the form of rejection letters. No’s provide me with more juice than accolades (although the occasional yes is much appreciated).
4. How would you describe your writing practice?
Honestly … erratic. I write in my day job. I have strict deadlines there and I’ve never been a very scheduled person. Schedules scare me a bit. For my own writing, I just try to make as much time as I can and I don’t beat myself if I’m unable to tick off imaginary boxes.
In general, I like to write at night and I have a tendency to smash the keys like a gorilla.
5. What are you writing now?
Going back to putting my dreams on the page, I had a weird one recently where I went through a surgery to become a lady’s handbag, so turning that into a story at the moment, but I tend to always have a few things going.
6. Where can someone find out more about your work?
I needed a kick in the butt to get something in the way of an Internet presence going, so thanks Scrutiny for being that kick in the butt.