Superstition Review: What do you do for SR?
Dustin Diehl: I solicit work from nonfiction authors to be considered for publication. I then read through submissions (both solicited and submitted) and decide which ones I think should be included. Together, with Liz, we decide which ones to include, then send out rejection/acceptance e-mails.
SR: How did you hear about or get involved with Superstition Review?
DD: Trish is my Honors Thesis advisor and asked if I would like to participate…I said yes!
SR: What is your favorite section of SR? Why?
DD: I really enjoy fiction; however, I’ve been earning a deeper appreciation for nonfiction…seeing how people can take ordinary circumstances (or even not-so-ordinary circumstances) and convey them in a creative and readable form is fascinating to me.
SR: Who is your dream contributor to the journal? Talk about him/her.
DD: I would love for Michael Stackpole to contribute a short fiction story. I love his Star Wars novels and he’s a local writer!
SR: What job, other than your own, would you like to try out in the journal?
DD: I think it would be fun to be a part of the marketing team. I work for an online ad agency, so getting to apply my job skills to something fun like SR would be pretty cool.
SR: What are you most excited for in the upcoming issue?
DD: I’m really excited to read the submitted work…it’s always fun to read people’s work, especially when you find a diamond in the rough!
SR: What was the first book you remember falling in love with and what made it so special?
DD: The first book I fell in love with was The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare. I loved how it deftly juxtaposed religious history, political history and fiction into a very readable and timeless story. In high school, I adapted the book into a play script and would still love to produce a stage version of the book.
SR: What are you currently reading?
DD: Currently reading the Star Wars: X-Wing series by Michael Stackpole and Aaron Allston. Reading should be fun, and these books are fun!
SR: What are some of your favorite websites to waste time on or distract you from homework?
DD: I’m a huge movie buff, so I’m constantly on WorstPreviews.com, a movie news blog. I’m also an avid Star Wars fan, so I enjoy TheForce.net as well.
SR: Do you write? Tell us about a project you’re working on.
I do write; usually fiction, but I’ve found nonfiction to be very satisfying as well. I’m working on a collection of creative nonfiction essays for my Honors Thesis as well as a LGBT-themed modern fantasy novel.