Duty and Desire

edited by Kristina Wright

Interview- Connie Wilkins

In the atmospheric “Night Witch,” Connie Wilkins captures the spirt and strength of all women who have served their country in times of war. 



Do you have a connection to the military? (Married, dated, served, related?) What branch?


I have many connections to the military, both family (including forebears) and friends. I was a Navy wife in the late sixties; when my first son was born, my husband was on a destroyer escort on the way home from six months’ duty on radar picket patrol in the Antarctic. After that he was assigned to instructor duty in San Francisco. Living there during those times was quite an adventure, but by the time he was finally discharged I was energized to join protests against the Vietnam War.     


Why did you choose the particular setting/military branch for your story?


I’ve done quite a bit of research on women in the military, especially in the WWII era. Accounts of the Russian women who flew bombing missions against the Germans fascinate me, and I jumped at the chance to build a story around them.


Have you written other military-themed stories?


I’ve written military-themed stories set in fantasy worlds, most of them so long ago that they’re out of print now. More recently my WWII story “The Heart of the Storm,” set in the real world with real research but including a fantasy element, was published in the anthology Time Well Bent: Queer Alternative Histories, edited by me for Lethe Press in 2009, and was included in Best Fantastic Erotica and Science Fiction from Circlet Press in 2010. An m/m story set in WWI, “The Bridge,” appeared in Circlet Press’s Best Fantastic Erotica, Vol. 1 in 2007.


What are you working on now and where can we find out more about you?


My name appears most recently as co-editor of the anthologyHeiresses of Russ 2012: the Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction, just out this October from Lethe Press. I also write and edit under an alternate name, but I’m working on getting back to my fantasy and science fiction roots with more speculative fiction work. As far as finding out more about me, my alter-ego has been stealing all the social media notice, but one of these days I may let my real name have its very own blog and Facebook page, as well.


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This entry was posted on November 30, 2012 by in The Interviews.
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