Today we feature another Hope author, Jodi Cleghorn, author of Blinded.
Jodi, please tell us about yourself.
I’m a writer, editor and publisher, specialising in what’s been termed ‘dark, weird sh*t’: a neat encapsulation of the fact I’m drawn to the dark side but not bound by any particular genre. I’m a founding partner at eMergent Publishing, where I’m the creative energy behind the Chinese Whisperings and Literary Mix Tapes imprints. I live with my partner, and seven year old son in the thriving SF metropolis of Brisbane.
You must have a lot of energy to fit it all in. What is your Hope story about and what inspired it?
This is a little embarrassing. The story began as a dream (which I can’t say anything more about as it’s a spoiler, but those who know me, know of the dream and how it caused me to set off a fire alarm at 5:30am). The dream spawned an idea for a flash fiction piece of erotic sci-fi. I wrote a few pages and when you invited me to be part of the anthology in November last year, I knew the time had come for my little erotic-sci fi piece to grow up.
Blinded is a story about the darkness which courts and enamours us when we are at our most vulnerable. It explores issues of love, trust, manipulation and deceit set against the larger backdrop themes of development and conservation, of government/medical control and the right to sovereignty over your body (something I’m passionate about) as well as the influence of mass hysterica regarding ‘progress’. There’s also a metaphysical element to it, but I’ll leave it to the reader to discover that!
Apart from the dream, the story is inspired by my partner’s work in the science of contaminated land, Florence + The Machines song Blinding, Kim Stanley Robinson’s character “Anne” from the Mars trilogy, Kazuo Ishugaro book (and film) Never Let Me Go and a review of Koontz’s Your Heart Belongs to Me on the website Specusphere.
You shouldn’t feel embarrassed. What can we expect to see from you in the near future?
Outside of editing three anthologies and organising the paperback release of three more, I’m preparing for my National Novel Writing Month campaign, collecting up ‘the bones’ of what will be 24 interconnected stories spread across a 24 hour period. The work is inspired by the song “Theme I” from the Australian trio Seeker Lover Keeper.
Find out more about Jodi and her writing by visiting her website – Writing in Black and White