M.C.A. Hogarth is the daughter of two Cuban political exiles and was born a foreigner in the American melting pot. She has had a fascination for the gaps in cultures and the bridges that span them ever since. She has been many things: web database architect, product manager, technical writer and massage therapist, but is currently a full-time parent, artist, writer and anthropologist to aliens, both human and otherwise. Her fiction has variously been recommended for a Nebula, a finalist for the Spectrum, placed on the secondary Tiptree reading list and chosen for two best-of anthologies; her art has appeared in RPGs, magazines and on book covers. Her current focus is new business models for artists and independent marketing and distribution innovations. Her first crowdfunded fiction project kicked off in 2004 before the word was even coined. M.C.A. has experimented with everything from “choose-your-own-adventure” style serials online to kickstarting creative projects. Her adventures include stories of The Eldritch: Space Elves and Space Opera in the Universe of the Pelted and stories of Kherishdar: Civilization and the Role of the Individual, and The Jokka: Gender and Loss Among Aliens, amongst others. She can be found online at MCAHogarth.org, on Twitter and on Goodreads.
SFFWRTCHT: First things first, where’d your interest in SFF come from?
MCA Hogarth: My parents are both fans of science fiction (and my dad of fantasy also). They were always reading at home. Plus, a lot of fantastic kids’ books are SF/F…even in the dark ages before YA was a term, when I was growing up.
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