Valya Dudycz Lepescu
VALYA DUDYCZ LUPESCU is the author The Silence of Trees (Wolfsword Press) and founding editor of Conclave: A Journal of Character. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Gone Lawn, Jersey Devil Press, Strange Horizons, Mythic Delirium, Scheherezade’s Bequest, Abyss & Apex, and others. Valya teaches at DePaul University in Chicago and has been involved with the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame since its inception in 2009. Co-written with Stephen H. Segal, her newest book, Geek Parenting, What Joffrey, Jor-El, Maleficent, and the McFlys Teach Us about Raising a Family will be out with Quirk Books in April 2016. She is at www.vdlupescu.com and on twitter @valya.
Here’s a secret about writers: we know that stories are collaborations. Writers envision and invoke places, actions, and characters; but readers ultimately build those worlds in their imaginations. For some writers, setting is a backdrop where the plot unfolds and characters evolve, and that’s enough.