L.S. Johnson lives in Northern California. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Long Hidden, Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and other venues. Her first collection, Vacui Magia: Stories, won the 2nd Annual North Street Book Prize and was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. Currently she’s working on a fantasy trilogy set in 18th century Europe.
That’s one kind of bio. Another might go something like this: I write. I have also spent many, many years avoiding writing. In that time I have been a mailroom clerk, a tour guide, an editor, an envelope-sealer, a registrar, a data entry “specialist” (read: clerk), a perfume tester, a college instructor, a proofreader, a tutor, a jewelry salesperson, a nanny, a dishwasher, an indexer, a present-wrapper, an art director, and a good ol’ “Admin IV.”
That list is not in chronological order.
Why Traversing Z? It was the first finished story I ever wrote—decent prose, somewhat rounded characters, action and change and resolution. I still feel that rush of pride when I look it over. It will probably never see the light of day, but it was a huge milestone for me: a completed work, a work which had life to it, a work that inspired its few readers to feel something.