An Unlikely Interview with Brynn McNabb

In the spirit of our issue of deliberately terrible fiction, we asked our authors some deliberately terrible questions. Luckily, they were kind enough to play along. Here’s what Brynn McNabb, author of Why, Ethan, Why?!?!? 🙁 had to say…

Where do you get your ideas?

I grow them in a window box. I get the seeds for cheap at the farmer’s market.

Have you written anything I’ve heard of?

Well, I write short fiction, so--

Nope, I haven’t heard of that. Have you considered writing more like Stephen King or J.K. Rowling? They seem to be pretty popular and rich, so maybe you should do that.

I considered it, but it would just be too easy.

I have a really great idea for a story about a cowboy and an astronaut who are best friends. It’s kind of like Toy Story, except set during the time of The Great Gatsby, only it takes place in the Lost City of Atlantis. Robert Redford would be perfect for the movie version. Why don’t you write it, and we can split the profit 50/50? Maybe 70/30 since I came up with the idea and that’s the hard part. What do you think?

I’m sorry, I only pay flat rate for ideas, and it sounds like you’ve just given me most of your idea for free. Good luck proving I didn’t come up with that on my own.

And on a slightly more serious note (but only slightly), given your story is gracing the fine pixilated pages of an issue of deliberately terrible fiction: Do you have any regrets?

Sure. I should’ve married a doctor.

Brynn MacNab is uniquely qualified to present this story, as she is secretly the princess of an unpronounceable--I mean, exotically named--land. She is deeply offended to be included in the Journal of Unlikely Story Acceptances, although something like this was bound to happen sooner or later. She has been writing fantasy for far too long to continue to get away with it. If you would like to subject yourself to more of her published stories, you can find them at

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