WARREN ROCHELLE INTERVIEW
When did you first feel like a writer?
One of the first times I felt like a writer was when I received the copies of a journal which had published one of my stories.
What is your philosophy about teaching a writing class?
I want my students to find their voices and the stories that only they can tell. I want to help them to write their stories in the most effective and powerful way.
Which fictional character would you like to meet and why?
Wow. There are so many characters I would like to meet? One that comes to mind as I am sitting here and thinking about it, is Ged, the title character in Le Guin’s Earthsea series. His life is almost the perfect arc of the Hero’s Tale, from unusual birth/childhood to enormous fame and power to fading away. I would like to ask the older Ged when he looks back at his life, what does he see? What does he remember about Roke, about facing the dragons, facing his darker self? Why? I want to really know him.
Warren Rochelle lives and works in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he teaches English at the University of Mary Washington. His short fiction and poetry have been published in such journals and anthologies as Icarus, North Carolina Literary Review, Forbidden Lines, Aboriginal Science Fiction, Collective Fallout, Queer Fish 2, Empty Oaks, Quantum Fairy Tales, The Silver Gryphon, Jaelle Her Book, Colonnades, and Graffiti, as well as the Asheville Poetry Review, GW Magazine, Crucible, The Charlotte Poetry Review, and Romance and Beyond. He has published several critical essays on rhetoric, science fiction and fantasy, and a critical work on Le Guin.
His short story, “The Golden Boy,” was a finalist for the 2004 Spectrum Award for Short Fiction. His short story, “Luck,” was published in Fae Wings and Hidden Things, in July 2017, and his short story, “Mirrors,” was just accepted by Cuil Press to be included in their forthcoming queering romance anthology, So You Think You Know Love?
Rochelle also is the author of four novels: The Wild Boy (2001), Harvest of Changelings (2007), and The Called (2010), all published by Golden Gryphon Press. His fourth novel, The Werewolf and His Boy was published by Samhain Publishing in September 2016.
He is presently at work on a collection of gay-themed retellings of traditional fairy tales.
WHAT WRITERHOUSE STUDENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT WARREN
“Warren was very good, he is a wonderful and patient teacher.”
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“He was professional and very clear. An excellent teacher.”
“Enjoyed his style”
“Engaging, presented some good material while encouraging lots of participation.”
“Warren was very knowledgeable and passionate about his subject. He is also a dynamic presenter and a lot of fun.”