L.S. Johnson lives in Northern California, where she feeds her cats by writing book indexes. She is the author of the gothic novellas Harkworth Hall and Leviathan. Her first collection, Vacui Magia: Stories, won the North Street Book Prize and was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. Currently she’s working on a fantasy series 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.