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In the lead-up to the publication of Influenced: Stories from the Lockdown, we're sitting down to chat with all the contributors to the anthology, and give readers a bit of an introduction to everyone. In this next installment of interviews, we had a Zoom chat with John Paul Davies of Ireland (by way of Liverpool), Will Russell of Ireland, and Drew Taylor of Scotland. The transcript of the interview appears below.   Chris Armstrong (CA): Thank you so much Will, Drew and John for the discussion of your stories in Influenced. Welcome to the Zoom chat. First, I’d like you to introduce...

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In the lead-up to the publication of Influenced: Stories from the Lockdown, we're sitting down to chat with all the contributors to the anthology, and give readers a bit of an introduction to everyone. In this next installment of interviews, we had a Zoom chat with Angie Ellis and David Ward of B.C., and Evan Manning of Toronto: three writers from across Canada who appear in the book. The transcript of the interview appears below.   Chris Armstrong: So the question on everyone’s mind…Evan, tell us about that shirt. Are those tigers on there? Cats? Evan Manning (EM): These are tigers, I think,...

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In the lead-up to the publication of Influenced: Stories from the Lockdown, we're sitting down to chat with all the contributors to the anthology, and give readers a bit of an introduction to everyone. In the second instalment, we're talking with our most far-flung correspondent, Sharanya Manivannan (pictured below), a writer from India.  Chris Armstrong (CA): Thank you so much, Sharanya, for joining me today for this quick interview for your story in Influenced. How are you? Sharanya Manivannan (SM): I’m good Chris. Thank you so much for having me, and I’m really excited about the Influenced anthology. CA: I am too, and...

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In the lead-up to the publication of Influenced: Stories from the Lockdown, we're sitting down to chat with all the contributors to the anthology, and give readers a bit of an introduction to everyone. In the first installment of interviews, we're talking with Conar Rae Harris, Shannon Lough, and Rudy Kelly.  Chris Armstrong (CA): I'm here with Rudy, Conar and Shannon, three of the writers of Influenced: Stories from the Lockdown. Thanks for joining us guys.  Rudy Kelly (RK): Great to be here.  Conar Rae Harris (CH): Great to be in your kitchen.  Shannon Lough (SL): Really good popcorn.  CA: Glad you like...

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Muskeg Press is happy to announce the 10 final stories for its anthology Influenced: Stories from the Lockdown, a collection of short stories submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. “It was a very difficult decision to determine the final 10 stories for this collection, because we had so many high-quality submissions,” said Chris Armstrong, owner of Muskeg Press. “But ultimately these ones were chosen because they were the best fit for the anthology.” The original call for submissions went out in April 2020, asking writers for poetry or prose works of 5,000 words or less. There was only one requirement: the...

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