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 in Charlottesville, Virginia, and has just retired from teaching 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, Migration, 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 had also published a critical work on Ursula K. LeGuin and academic criticism of speculative fiction in various journals.
His short story, “The Golden Boy,” was a finalist for the 2004 Spectrum Award for Short Fiction. His short story “Mirrors,” was published in Under A Green Rose, a queering romance anthology, from Cuil Press. “The Latest Thing,” a flash fiction story, was published in the Queer Sci Fi anthology, Innovation in 2020.
Rochelle is also the author of four novels: The Wild Boy (2001), Harvest of Changelings (2007), and The Called (2010), all published by Golden Gryphon Press, and The Werewolf and His Boy, published by Samhain Publishing in September 2016. The Werewolf and His Boy was re-released from JMS Books in August 2020. The Wicked Stepbrother and Other Stories was published by JMS Books in late September 2020.
He is presently working on a novella continuing one of the stories in his collection. He wanted to know what happened next.
WHAT WRITERHOUSE STUDENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT WARREN
“Warren was very good, he is a wonderful and patient teacher.”
“He was a great communicator, professional, empathetic, really nice, and extremely kind to each of us. He knows his stuff!”
“He was professional and very clear. An excellent teacher.”
“Warren was very knowledgeable and passionate about his subject. He is also a dynamic presenter and a lot of fun.”
“Very personable and friendly. Warren provided good, clear instruction.”
“Knowledgeable, prepared, friendly, articulate.”
“Warren knows his subject.”
“He provided a lot of different examples and gave us time in class to write.”