Micro-interview with Laura Gregory, author of “Nightingale’s Lament” in the Noir Fire anthology.
TFF: What does “Nightingale’s Lament” mean to you?
Laura Gregory: Noir with a speculative twist gave me the freedom to re-examine expectations—why do we impose gender norms on mythological creatures? What if my femme fatale was nonbinary? How does that interact in a noir genre that traditionally leans a bit misogynistic? It was very meaningful to create an inclusive story in this new mashed up noir world.
TFF: Other than Noir and SF, what two (or more) genres would you like to see smashed together in a future anthology?
LG: Steampunk and Crime. I always enjoy the steampunk aesthetic and crime allows you to examine the spaces where society has failed its people.
TFF: What are you working on next?
LG: A portal fantasy novel full of nostalgic escapism and sarcastic unicorns.
You can find purchase links and more information about the Noir Fire anthology at http://press.futurefire.net/p/noir-fire.html