Edmund R. Schubert

Novels, Short Stories, Articles & Essays

Full Bio

Edmund R. Schubert is the author of the novel, Dreaming Creek, and over 50 short stories. His short stories cover a variety of genres, appearing in magazines and anthologies in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain. His short fiction has been: included on storySouth’s Year’s Notable list; reprinted in The Writer’s Post Journal’s Year’s Best issue; a #1 rated story on Zoetrope.com; a preliminary nominee for an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Short Story; and First Prize Winner in Lynx Eye’s Captivating Beginnings contest. Some of his early stories are collected in The Trouble with Eating Clouds; newer ones can be found in This Giant Leap. Schubert also contributed to and edited the non-fiction book, How to Write Magical Words.

In addition to writing, Schubert served for ten years as head editor of the online, bi-monthly magazine InterGalactic Medicine Show (including publishing three IGMS anthologies and winning two WSFA Small Press Awards). He resigned from the post in 2016 to make writing his primary focus. He also served for two years as executive editor of the regional business magazine NC Career Network Magazine, and for three years as managing editor of the nationally distributed Diversity Woman. In those capacities he interviewed and wrote about a wide variety of people, ranging from Jeff Kane, Officer in Charge of the Charlotte, NC branch of the Federal Reserve, to African-America icon Maya Angelou.

Schubert maintains that his greatest accomplishment came during college, when his self-published underground newspaper made him the subject of a professor's lecture in abnormal psychology. However, declining a Hugo nomination for Best Editor in 2015 (because of the associated political game of thrones that came with it) comes in a close second. He is expected to graduate with his MFA from Converse College in Spartanburg, SC in June 2019.

(Self) Portrait of the Artist As A (Relatively) Young Man

Below you'll find links to several interviews I've done over the years, including my very first newspaper interview, way back in 2005.

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A More Recent Photo of the Artist as the Old Man He Really Is

Charlotte Geeks Writer's Wednesday Spotlight

October 2018 interview with the Charlotte NC-based "Charlotte Geeks" Writer's Wednesday Spotlight

"What existing book do you wish you had written and why?"

"Several flippant and irreverent answers come to mind with regard to that question, but the truth is that as much as I have enjoyed a lot of other books, I don’t wish I had written any of them. They wouldn’t be the books I love if I had written them; they’d be something else..."

The Legendary Penguin Interview

Never before have so many given so much so that so few could paraphrase a quote so badly. Or something like that...

Just click the link and read.

Pendragon Variety Podcast Interview

An audio interview, to surround you with the melodious sound of my voice...

(In all seriousness, of all of my podcast interviews, this is probably my best--which translates to "I made a fool of myself the least.")

IGMS Antho interview

A link to an interview I did along with Orson Scott Card for SFRevu when the IGMS antho came out...

Dreaming Creek Interview

Link to an interview I did with SFRevu when Dreaming Creek was first published...

Novelists Inc. Interview

This interview was part of their "Meet The Editor" series.

Newspaper Interview - 1/2/05

 

Interview/ article from the Greensboro (NC) News & Record (approx. circulation 110,000)  http://www.news-record.com/

Sunday January 2, 2005

by Meredith Barkley, Staff Writer


Stay-at-home dad juggles writing and childcare


Pleasant Garden, NC - Edmund Schubert, a businessman turned fiction writer, had a good 2004.

He had a bunch (15) of stories published, finished his first novel and began shopping it around.  In October, he was elected president of the Writer's Group of the Triad.

For a writer slogging it out in the trenches of anonymity hoping for some sign he was on the right track, all that came as a welcome relief.

"It justified a lot of decisions I made along the way, and it makes it easier for me to believe in myself, that I can do this," said Schubert, 38.  "After a while you need to see some progress."

Schubert discovered early on that writing is hard work.  But with help from books on writing, lots of practice, writer's workshops and critiques from friends, he's picked up the craft.

So much so that he's earned the respect and admiration of folks such as Dena Harris, a freelance writer in a novel writer's group with Schubert.

"As a writer he goes to great lengths to get the small details right," she said.  "He wants it to be dead on because he wants the readers to be comfortable with the reality.  His mind is constantly working, trying to find that bizarre 'what if' twist he can add to a strory.  I'm a big fan."

Commented Tyree Campbell, editor of Beyond Centauri (from the Sam's Dot group of publications), which published a Schubert short story in October, "The smoothness of Mr. Schubert's writing was evident from the first few words of 'The Trouble With Eating Clouds.'  He took a highly imaginative circumstance and transformed it into an everyday, credible occurence.  Schubert brings a sense of wonder back into our lives."

Such praise is gratifying.  Schubert had longed nursed a fascination for writing.  He grew up on Long Island, NY, and earned a business degree, specializing in human resources.  He worked in human resources in New York for a year or two after college, then headed south to help his parents run a greenhouse business in Lynchburg, VA.

They ran the business for 12 years and sold it (in 2001).  That's when Schubert, a life-long voracious reader, started writing the novel that had been banging around in his head for several years.

He has actually tried his hand at writing years before.  During the late 1980's he succeeded in getting two short stories published and won a newspaper contest for writing ghost stories.  But he didn't pursue it any further.

Sale of his business offered him the opportunity to pick it back up again in earnest.  He and his wife, Terry, had discussed having one parent stay at home with their daughters, ages 6 and 8.  When she landed a job with United Guaranty in Greensboro..., the decision was simple.  He became the stay-at-home parent.

"I didn't want to be a 90-year-old man saying, 'I had a dream...,'" Schubert said.

So he started his novel, titled "The Legend of Dreaming Creek," in which a man and his girlfriend trade bodies and get stuck that way.  It didn't take him long to realize he had a lot to learn about the craft.

"As I started writing, I said: This is not that good," he recalled.

Since then he's spent a lot of time honing his skills.  That effort seems to have worked.  Soon his stories were being accepted for publication once again.

All the while he continued working on his novel, rewriting parts of it after attending a week long "Writer's Boot Camp in Buena Vista conducted by another Greensboro novelist, Orson Scott Card.

"I came back encouraged to keep writing," Schubert said.  "But at the same time I came back with a (clearer) vision of what a really good story ought to be."

While Schubert is fascinated with science fiction his says his works are a little harder to categorize.

"I write about regular people in regular situations and then turn one piece of reality on its ear and see how the characters react," he said.  He likens it to "Twilight Zone" episodes.

These days he's...spending his time contacting agents and publishers, hoping to generate some interest in his novel.

Regardless, he plans to keep writing short stories. 

"I think that's one of the things that kept me going through the first novel, taking a break and writing a short story, " Schubert said.  "If nothing else, that sense of completion helps.  Writing a novel is a marathon and it's exhausting."

Copyright (c) 2005 Greensboro News & Record                                
 

 

Old Bio (with odds and ends that were left out of new one)

Edmund R. Schubert began his career as a writer in 2001. Since that time he has published approximately 35 short stories in a variety of genres, in magazines and anthologies in the U.S. and Britain. His short fiction has been: included on storySouth’s Year’s Notable list; reprinted in The Writer’s Post Journal’s Year’s Best issue; a #1 rated story on Zoetrope.com; a preliminary nominee for an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Short Story; and First Prize Winner in Lynx Eye’s Captivating Beginnings contest. Several of his stories have also been recorded as audio stories. In non-fiction, he has published an assortment of articles, interviews, essays, and book reviews.

 

In 2006 he took over as fiction editor of the online science fiction and fantasy magazine, Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show (usually referred to as IGMS, www.oscIGMS.com), and edited two magazines simultaneously until 2011 (he also edited various business magazines starting in 2005). Stories he edited and published in IGMS have been reprinted and/or received Honorable Mentions in numerous Year’s Best anthologies, been finalists for a variety of national awards, and won the 2009 WFSA award for Best Short Story.

 

An anthology of IGMS stories was published in 2008 (Tor), along with an unabridged audio version of the anthology by Blackstone Audio, both co-edited by Schubert and Orson Scott Card. 2008 also saw publication of his first novel, Dreaming Creek (Lachesis Books). In January 2011, Bella Rosa Books published a collection of essays on the craft and business of writing, How To Write Magical Words: A Writer’s Companion, edited by Schubert and containing several essays written by him. In June 2011, a collection of his short stories titled, The Trouble With Eating Clouds, was published by Spotlight Publishing. Spotlight also published a new IGMS anthology, the InterGalactic Medicine Show Awards Anthology, Vol.I, in January 2012. He is currently writing a YA novel, and two new anthologies are also in progress.

 

Schubert served for two years as president of the Writer’s Group of the Triad, a Greensboro, NC-based organization of approximately 100 writers. He has taught workshops and appeared on writing-related panels at conventions, library- and bookstore-sponsored programs, through the University of North Carolina-Greensboro’s (UNC-G’s) continuing learning program, through UNC-G’s Center For Creative Writing In The Arts, for the NC Writer's Network conference, and as a repeat special guest at Southern Virginia University’s ‘Roads To Writing’ workshops.

 

Despite all this, Edmund still maintains that his greatest achievement was when the underground newspaper he published in college made him the subject of a professor's lecture -- in abnormal psychology.

 

Oscar Wilde said, "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." To which Edmund adds, "All it takes is looking at things from a slightly different angle."