We interviewed Timothy Yeo, author of “The Fox and the Snake” in the Noir Fire anthology
TFF: What does “The Fox and the Snake” mean to you?
Timothy Yeo: Foxes are portrayed as cunning, and snakes as monstrous, and the commonality between the two is that they are both predators. The fox and the snake(s) in the story both fight to get the best of one another, and in the end only one will remain.
TFF: How obvious and how appropriate is it to combine the trickster (god? spirit?) character with the con or heist plot type?
TY: Fun fact: this story is based off a Japanese anime that resonated with me, and anime fans would know which one I am talking about. Anyhow, the melding of the supernatural and the mundane has always been something anime does well, and I hope it translates well to the page. These are fantastical events, made believable by very relatable concerns that occur in our daily lives.
TFF: What is the new year’s resolution that you most epically failed to keep?
TY: This is question is precisely why I don't make new year's resolutions. I note down tiny weekly goals instead.
TFF: What is the lost thing that you dream of re-finding?
TY: My childhood innocence. Somewhere in the bottom of the sea, I hope by now it hasn't whittled down to nothing.
TFF: Other than Noir and SF, what two (or more) genres would you like to see smashed together in a future anthology?
TY: Speculative and Mystery. A normally mundane puzzle can become so much more interesting when the supernatural is sprinkled on top of it.
TFF: What are you working on next?
TY: Short stories are a ton of work to craft, so I'm taking a break for now. Hopefully I'll soon be back, probably with a genre not too far off from noir.
You can find purchase links and more information about the Noir Fire anthology at http://press.futurefire.net/p/noir-fire.html
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