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Meet Chris Bannor

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Bannor.

Hi Chris, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t nosing deep in a book. My mother was always reading and encouraged my brother and me to do the same. I was fascinated by the worlds that were created by fantasy writers, and the first time I read the Hobbit, I was hooked. Fantasy and science fiction have always been my love. Books, movies, TV. I’m ready to binge in whatever media you give me. I think I always had stories in the back of my head, worlds that I wanted to explore but just hadn’t given a voice to. I wasn’t confident about my storytelling ability, but with support from my friends and family, I eventually gave in to my muse.

Since I decided to write two years ago, I’ve had stories included in over 50 anthologies, as well as various publisher websites. The San Diego writing community has been so helpful and inviting. I’ve met so many talented and creative authors who always seem willing to share their experiences and knowledge with newer writers. That openness gave me the courage to reach out to online communities as well. They’ve really helped me find success in writing short stories. They’ve also encouraged me to keep working on those novels that are stuck somewhere between my imagination and my keyboard.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I’d love to say it’s all smooth sailing, but I’m just like everyone else. We all have trials. We struggle with the big decisions or the everyday minutia. I’m a single mom, working during the day in the special education field. Some days I feel too drained to trudge up the steps to my office and sit at the computer. Some days, I’m defeated by that.

Other days, I come home and have dinner with my two teenagers, and I feel revived. Trying to balance the life I live and adding a writing career into that hasn’t always been easy. It has been worth it, though. For the writing process, I’ve always known I wanted to write both short fiction and novels. I’ve spent the last two years working on my short stories while keeping my novels slowly moving in the background. Sometimes I focus too much on short stories or too much on my novel, but it’s a learning process. Each struggle I overcome is a teachable moment.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I love speculative fiction, and you won’t see me leaving it any time soon! I am best known for writing science fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories with LGBTQ+ protagonists. I like a hint of romance in my speculative fiction, so you’ll find a bit in most stories that I write. However, I’m a big fan of letting a story tell itself. You never know where they’ll lead you, and I love to chase that surprise!

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