Q&A with Sarina Dorie

February 15, 2017


Months back, Sarina Dorie submitted a story for consideration, I liked it immediately. It was human, easy to follow, and easy to feel. Hot Deja Vu is that title and it will appear in Issue #2 come March. I've asked Sarina some questions about reading, writing, life... dancing...


UM: What was the best book you read in 2016?


SD: I am a serious bookworm. There’s no way I can choose one best book. I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone and then the two sequels in Laini Taylor’s trilogy. I love her fantasy world of chimera, her voice, humor and characters.

I also enjoyed Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. I almost didn’t make it past the prologue and thought I was going to hate the book, but once I got a little farther, I loved it and have recommended it. The medieval fantasy novel has spies, courtly intrigue, dragon shifters and magic. I just found out there is a sequel, so I will need to read it.

During the last couple months I have also reread two of my all time favorites: Holes by Louis Sachar and Harry Potter by She Who Doesn’t Need to Be Named.


UM: Where are the coolest places you’ve had stories published?


SD: Unnerving Magazine, of course! Also, I am pretty proud of the two stories that have come out in Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, The Pining published in Orson Scott Card’s Medicine Show, and the thirty-ish stories that appeared in Daily Science Fiction, among them those my Dear Jezzy series.




UM: If you could work with any editor in the industry, who would it be and why?


SD: I suppose I would like to continue working with the editors I have enjoyed working with who have been good to work with already. I don’t know who else yet.


UM: What’s your favorite horror movie?


SD: I used to like Steven King books produced as movies when I was a teenager. Now I watch more comedy than scary movies to make up for the every day horrors of my life as a school teacher. If I watch horror, it needs to be funny and subvert tropes like Scream or Shaun of the Dead. The reason is, my mind is able to think of scary things without reading or watching horror. Life really does provide more than enough material to give me bad dreams at night.


UM: When you make a playlist, it always includes…?


SD: If my playlist is for dancing, I need music with a good beat. If it is for writing, it needs to be really soothing, have no vocals and no distractions that make me want to dance.


UM: What did you wear to prom?


SD: A black velvet, Gothic dress from Hot Topic. This was during my dark high school phase.


UM: Is it possible to do the robot and belly dance at the same time?


SD: Yes! I do it all the time. Combining breakdance techniques with Middle Eastern dance is called Tribal Fusion. Here is a link of a video of me doing popping and tutting that starts around the 5 minute mark:



UM: If you could make out with any celebrity or historical figure, which would it be?


SD: Without a doubt it would be Mr. Darcy. I would very excited to make out with Jack Sparrow, but he would have to brush his teeth first.


UM: What is the most embarrassing fashion trend/statement you’ve ever participated in?


SD: I cannot speak of it out loud. Just know I was born in the eighties and I experienced many fashion trends in the eighties and nineties that my mother has proof of in the photo album. To my dismay, she sometimes posts these old photos on Facebook.


UM: Do you plan or do you learn your plots as you write?


SD: Some stories I plot. Sometimes I am a panster. Sometimes I do a little bit of both.


UM: Is there a subject you haven’t written about, but would like to?


SD: I often include a mystery in my novels, so it would be good to read more about this so I could write more in this genre.


UM: If you were a Star Wars character, who would you be?


SD: I just watched Star Wars: A New Hope Episode IV again after seeing Rogue One in theatres. It makes sense to watch IV right after Rogue One since it tells the story chronologically and it all makes more sense that way. Seeing the first and original Star Wars reminded me of why I loved Princess Leia so much as a child. Someday I will sew my own Princess Leia costume and belly dance in it.

But quite honesty, I’m saddened you didn’t ask me which Star Trek character I would dress up as. Because I have. Lots of times for performances. The makeup is so much work, though.



UM: What’s the worst popular book you’ve ever read?


SD: For years this book has festered in my memory: Wielding a Red Sword by Piers Anthony. I hate how stupid the female characters are and how they fall into the fantasy tropes of being too stupid too live. I hated the sexualized violence and how the ending feels like a wish fulfillment plot. I read it because someone recommended the book, but the entire time I wanted to barf.


UM: What was your favorite toy growing up?


SD: My fabric baby doll Grandma made me. When the doll’s fabric became threadbare, Grandma sewed new skin for her made of denim and drew a new face on her. Even though I couldn’t see Baby Doll, I knew she was in there. This probably influenced my early beliefs in reincarnation.


UM: What’s coming up in the future for Sarina Dorie?


SD: I am very excited about three upcoming projects!

1. I just sold my novel, WRATH OF THE TOOTH FAIRY to Reuts publishing, so it will probably come out in about two years. This novel takes place in the same world as many of my fantasy stories like my “Careers for Magical Creatures” in Daily Science Fiction.


2. The fifth novel in THE MEMORY THIEF Series is coming out this spring. This is a Japanese steampunk series that takes place on another planet. I’ve made the first book free on Barnes and Noble and Smashwords, but Amazon will only let me discount it to 99 cents. In any case, I’m hoping the fifth book will be read as a standalone novel that works independently of the other books in this world.

3. I have been writing a new series called WOMBY’S SCHOOL FOR WAYWARD WITCHES. It combines my daily dangers of being a public school art teacher with what I think it would be like to work at a magical school like Hogwarts—only with budget cuts in the dark arts and crafts and kids who figuratively and literally curse you. The first book will come out later this year.




Bio: As a child, Sarina Dorie dreamed of being an astronaut/archeologist/fashion designer/illustrator/writer. Later in life, after realizing this might be an unrealistic goal, Sarina went to the Pacific NW College of Art where she earned a degree in illustration. After realizing this might also be an unrealistic goal, she went to Portland State University for a master’s in education to pursue the equally cut-throat career of teaching art in the public school system. After years of dedication to art and writing, most of Sarina’s dreams have come true; in addition to teaching, she is a writer/artist/ fashion designer/ belly dancer. She has shown her art internationally, sold art to Shimmer Magazine for an interior illustration, and another piece is on the April 2011 cover of Bards and Sages. Sarina’s novel, Silent Moon, won second place in the Duel on the Delta Contest, hosted by River City RWA and the second place in the Golden Rose contest hosted by Rose City Romance Writers. Silent Moon won third place in the Winter Rose Contest hosted by the Yellow Rose RWA and third place in Ignite the Flame Contest hosted by Central Ohio Fiction Writers. She has sold stories to Daily Science Fiction, Untied Shoelaces of the Mind, Crossed Genres, and Roar.  




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