The first writer I stole from was Ray Bradbury, whose poetic prose, rural details, and wild inventiveness made me see what was possible in fiction. Later, writers such as Joyce, O'Connor, and Updike made me see what else was possible--and for a long time, I stayed away from science fiction and fantasy, at least in my own writing, dabbling in it only as a reader. I studied fiction writing in college (though I don't think I learned much). When work and family made fiction-writing difficult, I shifted to poetry, and I managed to sell a few things over the years. Then I wrote a Bradburian (at least in my mind) science fiction story, "You Will Go to the Moon," sent it to Asimov's Science Fiction, and found myself, at last, published as a fiction writer. Subsequently, my work has continued to appear in Asimov's as well as some non-genre publications. Additionally, my story "A Crisis for Mr. Lion" won the 2006 Zoetrope: All-Story short fiction contest. My complete bibliography is available at my blog, http:wmpreston.blogspot.com. I teach English at a small independent school. Please let me know if you enjoy something I've written.Read more Read less
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