Interview: Siri Paulson

Each Wednesday is Wonderstruck Interview day. Hearing other people’s stories is a great way to see things from a different perspective and perhaps find something new to apply to our own lives.

Today's interviewee is science fiction and fantasy writer Siri Paulson.

What have you been wonderstruck by recently?

Sunsets. I used to live in Alberta, which has the most glorious sunsets. Then I moved to downtown Toronto, to an apartment in a cluster of high-rises, and could barely see the western sky. I thought Toronto just didn't have nice sunsets. But this spring I bought a house, and my new writing space has a good western view...and boy, is it spectacular some evenings. If I'm at home at the right time of day, I try to remember to look.

What part of your day are you grateful for?

Any part I get to spend with my husband. Our schedules aren't meshing that well right now, in part because we're both so busy, so the time that we do get to spend together is precious. We often come home from work together on the streetcar, and even on days when we don't talk much during that ride, it's nice to have him beside me.

What part of the day is tough? How do you move through it?

Mornings. (That seems to be a common thread in these interviews!) I'm a night owl, always trying to squeeze a little more out of my evenings, so mornings are tough. I get through them by thinking of the book I'm going to read on the streetcar and the coffee I'm going to have when I get to work.

What do you wish you were more conscious of?

I have a terrible tendency to get eaten by the Internet. I wish I were more aware of when it starts happening and better able to shut it down quickly.

How do you stay focused on what is truly important to you?

To be honest, I'm struggling with that right now. Writing is what I live for, but I haven't been writing much lately. I went through some positive but monumental life changes this year (buying a house was one of them!) and they sucked up all my time and energy. I'm still working on finding a balance again.

About Siri Paulson:

Siri is a science fiction and fantasy writer and an editor at Turtleduck Press ( In her spare time (when she has any) she dances, knits, and dissects movies.

Her work can be found in the new Turtleduck Press anthology Seasons Eternal. Four writers have taken the idea of a world where the seasons have stopped changing, and each has found a different angle to explore. Seasons Eternal is available at:



  1. Hi Siri, Sherri, great interview. I must agree with Siri, there's nothing like a sunset. Ohh, there's a book title for you. tee hee

  2. I love a breathtaking sunset. I am surrounded by tall trees in a valley, so I don't get to see those stunning ones as the sun melts into the horizon very often. But when I do, I stop what I'm doing and stare breathlessly at it.

  3. Sherri, this is a great way to interview an author. Not the usual questions, which can be boring.

    I agree that sunsets are amazing when you take the time to look. I was having my hair done yesterday and had a great big window to look out onto the sky with lots of different clouds and the sun streaking through. We could all use more time spent looking at amazing sky scenes and taking an ahhhh moment.

  4. Mornings - snap! Must be a writer thing, maybe. (But aren't there some of us who get up and write at 5am?? Somewhere?)
    Getting eaten by the internet - double snap! I think most of the reason I don't read as much as I used to is because of the internet. Especially now I have a smart phone which I can take to bed...

  5. "Eaten by the Internet"--that sounds about right. Also chewed up and spat out.

    Glad you're enjoying gorgeous sunsets again, and I wish you the best in finding balance, Siri!


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