MoA&A Interview #12: Caren Gussoff

Hello, everyone! Welcome to July, and the Month of Artist and Author Interviews here on the website!

Today’s interview features fellow SF writer cutie Caren Gussoff.

Welcome, Caren!


Author or Artist?

Who are your professional role models?
Octavia E. Butler, Ursula LeGuin, Lucille Ball

What’s your favorite writing/sketching weather?
Rain, of course (I live in Seattle).

Set your current playlist/musical device to “shuffle all” and hit PLAY. What’s the first song that comes up?
“Home” by Naked Raygun

If you could win any award, which would it be?
Hugo! Nebula!

Would you rather have magical powers, or a spaceship?
Spaceship, no contest.

What was your favorite book as a child?
Alice in Wonderland

What thing do you wish you could go back in time and tell your 10-year-old self?
Always choose kindness.

What’s your favorite constellation?
I’ve always felt partial to Orion, since he was the first one I learned to identify.

What’s your favorite fairy tale?
I struggle with fairy tales a lot. I like retellings, like Angela Carter’s Bloody Chamber. Out of traditional tales, I like the Rrom tales of Lallah Pombo best.

What thing are you most proud of?
My relationship with my husband. It’s awesome.

The Colin Harvey Memorial Question: Name 3 things on your List of Things to Do Before You Die.
Travel across Asia
Grow a proper garden
See every planet through a telescope


Caren Gussoff is a speculative fiction writer living in Seattle, WA. Her novels and stories have been published across Europe and the United States. More on her can be gleaned via