Category: Interviews

Interview: Hannah Powell-Smith

June 1st, 2019 by

Hannah Powell-Smith makes narrative games about fantasy politics, flawed characters, and fraught relationships. Often, ghosts are involved. Find her work at Choice of Games, sub-Q Magazine, and hannahps.itch.io, and find her on Twitter at @hpowellsmith. Hannah is the author of our June story, “Dead Lake Crossing.” This interview was conducted via e-mail in May of […]

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Author Interview: Elizabeth Smyth

April 1st, 2019 by

Elizabeth Smyth is a writer, game developer and villain enthusiast, currently working for Fusebox Games in London. She has been making weird and/or dark IF since 2013. Read some more of it at elizabethsmyth.com or find her tweeting about slime at untiltheygo. Elizabeth is the author of our April story, “The Invader.” This interview was […]

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Author Interview: Laura De Stefani

February 1st, 2019 by

Laura De Stefani is an All round artist who loves drawing on any support, sculpting and modelling. She likes to travel and go to game-jams. You can follow here here: https://twitter.com/Odris_Den, https://www.instagram.com/odris_den/, https://odris-den.itch.io/. Laura is the author of our cover art/game for February’s issue, “Fill the Void.” This interview was conducted via e-mail in January […]

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Olivia C Dunlap

Author Interview: Olivia C Dunlap

February 1st, 2019 by

Olivia C Dunlap is the author of “Pretend You Love Each Other,” the first-place game from our first subQjam. Olivia is a writer, programmer, and game developer from Little Rock, Arkansas. She’s a co-founder of Little Rock Games and has a portfolio that includes interactive fiction, tabletop games, and other digital interactives. She’s always got […]

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Author Interview: Tai Jia Xuan

February 1st, 2019 by

Tai Jia Xuan is currently a Creative Writing student in Singapore, and the author of “at 3am, I didn’t think of you,” one of our February games. She just really likes interactive fiction, and hopes to continue exploring more. You can find her idling at @nuaxaij. This interview was conducted via e-mail in January of […]

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Grim Curio

Author Interview: Grim Curio

February 1st, 2019 by

Grim Curio is a writer, developer, and classicist from upstate New York, and the author of “Unmaking, Unmade,” one of our February games. She is passionate about archaeology and the uncanny, and can be found on Twitter at @grimoirtua. This interview was conducted via e-mail in January of 2019. sub-Q Magazine: Our theme for 2018 […]

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Olivia Wood

Author Interview: Olivia Wood

February 1st, 2019 by

Olivia Wood works as a writer, editor and narrative designer, both freelance and for Failbetter Games (Fallen London, Sunless Sea, Sunless Skies). She has written for the award-winning narrative game Where the Water Tastes Like Wine, and is working on the next game of the BAFTA-nominated studio, the Pixel Hunt. This interview was conducted via […]

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Author Interview: Holly Schofield

January 31st, 2019 by

Holly Schofield travels through time at the rate of one second per second. Her short stories have appeared in Analog, Lightspeed, Escape Pod, and many other publications throughout the world. She hopes to save the world through science fiction and homegrown heritage tomatoes. Find her at

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Author Interview: Jac Colvin (November, 2018)

November 27th, 2018 by

Jac Colvin enjoys writing interactive fiction in the fantasy genre and “Ocean’s Call” is her second story to be published with sub-Q. (The first being “Lost Ones.”) She has also written two gamebooks for Hosted Games, with a 3rd due to be published next year. When not underwater, she can be sometimes be found on […]

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Author Interview: Anna Anthropy

October 23rd, 2018 by

Anna Anthropy is a game designer, author and educator. She teaches game design as DePaul University’s Game Designer in Residence. Her next book, Make Your Own Video Games with Twine!, is out in January. She lives in Chicago with a little black cat named Encyclopedia Frown. She is the author of our October game, Queers […]

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Author Interview: Caroline Yoachim

September 25th, 2018 by

Hugo and three-time Nebula Award finalist Caroline M. Yoachim is a prolific author of short stories, appearing in Asimov’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, and Lightspeed, among other places. Her debut short story collection, Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World & Other Stories, came out in 2016. Caroline is the author of our […]

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Author Sunyi Dean

Author Interview: Sunyi Dean

August 28th, 2018 by

Sunyi Dean is a writer of speculative fiction, currently living in the UK. Some of her other stories can be found lurking suspiciously in the pages of FFO, Andromeda Spaceways, and Aurealis. Sunyi is the author of our August game, John Kills Jenny. This interview was conducted via e-mail in August of 2018. sub-Q Magazine: What […]

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Author Interview: dcsross

July 24th, 2018 by

dcsross grew up on the west coast of Canada. His poetry has been published in Matrix Magazine and The Scarlet Leaf Review. He is 31 years old. Learn more at his website http://www.dcsross.com. His twitter and instagram are @dcsross. This interview was conducted via e-mail in July of 2018 by Stewart C Baker. sub-Q Magazine: […]

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Author Guest Post, “IF in pop culture and back again” by Andrew Plotkin

June 26th, 2018 by

I just noticed an amusing synchrony. In the late 1970s, when Crowther and then Woods were writing the first parser game, a New Wave SF writer named George R. R. Martin was writing short stories about far-future humanity among the Thousand Worlds. I, very young, was a fan of both. (Nightflyers, 1980, is still a […]

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Author Guest Post: Hannah Powell-Smith

April 24th, 2018 by

Hannah Powell-Smith‘s interactive work focuses on fraught relationships, unreliability, and unknowable entities. As well as publishing interactive short stories in sub-Q, and self-publishing at hannahps.itch.io, she is developing a dark fantasy game with Choice of Games about a mob necromancer. She lives in the UK with her wife and son. In this post, she talks […]

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Jac Colvin

Author Interview: Jac Colvin

March 27th, 2018 by

Jac Colvin is the author of our March game, “Lost Ones,” which will be published on March 15th. Jac enjoys writing interactive fiction in the fantasy genre, and currently has two gamebooks published by Hosted Games with hopefully a few more on the way. Abysm’s Veil is set in the same universe as Lost Ones […]

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