SUPERVERSIVE SPOTLIGHT: SCOTT HUGGINS 

How long have you been writing?

In 1997, I sent two stories to Clarion Writing Workshop and was accepted. I suppose that makes 23 years now, though it seems longer and shorter all at once.

Which writers inspire you?

Too many to count, but at this point I would say Lois McMaster Bujold, Dan Simmons, Jim Butcher, Chuck Gannon, S.M. Stirling, Terry Pratchett and Steven Brust all have a claim to inspire me. Older influences include Niven, Pournelle, Foster, and Anne McCaffrey.

So, what have you written?

This year I rereleased my first novel, originally by Superversive Press called ALL THINGS HUGE AND HIDEOUS, which is about the adventures of Dr. James DeGrande, the enslaved veterinarian of an Evil Dark Lord. He and his assistant Harriet have to keep the dragons and other beasties alive for the Evil Empire or suffer fates too terrible to contemplate, but they try to do a little good in their way.

I also have another novel out, my take on a Heinlein juvie called MOON 2095: THE GIRL WO WASN’T there, written at the request of Digital Fiction Corp. It’s about twins who solve a mystery on a moon colony.

Finally, my story “Humanslayer” won the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award this year and is free to read on their website.

What draws you to Superversive writing?

I love the idea that good writing is not merely the reflection of the world, but an addition to it. I don’t remember who said that, but I believe it’s true. So much of what is written these days is like an evil funhouse mirror that distorts the world as it is, like the evil and painful shard of the Snow Queen’s mirror. There ought to be something that shows us how much better we can be.

What are you working on at the minute?

Well, at risk of sounding like an ass, I’m the first person to win two places at the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award (I won 2nd place in 2014), and I want to be the first person to win both that and the Jim Baen memorial Award. And then according to reviews and sales I think I’d better get back to work on James and Harriet volume 2.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

I do, but I think I told you all of my favorite authors above. I just finished Jim Butcher’s latest, and I’m still in sort of a heartbroken place over what he did to one of the characters.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Well, I have an Amazon page, for G. Scott Huggins (https://www.amazon.com/G-Scott-Huggins/e/B015JQF3K6/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1) and my blog (which has admittedly suffered this year under the pressure of teaching high school in the midst of The Great COVIDs) is called The Logoccentric Orbit (gscotthuggins.com). And of course you could always sign up for my monthly newsletter: (https://mailchi.mp/423ccf7ecab7/gscotthuggins)