What do you write?
Not enough (always afraid I'll lose track of time and be late to work!). Over time, a wide variety, including children's multilingual lit (CloudPillow Books), recently articles, and have a drawer full of attempted short stories that really are novels in progress.
Why did you decide to join the author team for the anthology 2047 Short stories from our common future?
I am the founder of Writers for a Sustainable Future, a group currently on Facebook only but with an international membership. A long time lover of writing & sustainability, I believe that stories can lead us into a sustainable future. I created “The Eco Fiction Challenge”, a template for local short story contests, to encourage others to imagine what the world could be like, and to showcase solutions as well as realistic dangers and coping strategies. The smaller the group, the more the solutions shown are within our power to create. Naturally, I could not enter my own work in my local contest, since I was running it!
Where do you get inspiration?
Everywhere. I like people and respond to perceived need. "Oakridge Train" was inspired by breakfast in a small town cafe soon after Trump was elected to our presidency. A table full of men were celebrating the victory of a candidate who ran on a campaign of exclusion and negativity towards a wide range of people. But I also saw some of the best of small town life, kindness and relationships with fellow citizens, and I was inspired to try to write across this divide from my more inclusive, ecological and wide world views. I was delighted when a boosted post about the anthology and a local story, to Oregon FB members, was liked and commented on by a lot of small town, fairly conservative and working class people :)
What are you writing at the moment?
Two articles, "Why climate scientists and activists should try writing fiction" and "Does it take courage to write ecofiction?" (working titles). When I get more time, I have outlines for more stories related to the story in the anthology, with other characters from the family reunion in "Oakridge Train"...also a romance novel set in a sustainable Eugene.
Why should we read it?
For hope, for tips on possible actions or changes, for hopefully enjoyment and a break from day to day tasks!
(Alison Halderman is in the process of creating websites for herself and her projects, some of which can be found on Climate CoLab or Changemakers. Meanwhile, she posts useful public posts on her Facebook account, groups and pages, for people interested in transitioning away from our oil based technologies.)