Madame Lola's Marvelously Amazing Medicine Show

Eckleburg: What drives, inspires, and feeds your artistic work?

Cathy T. Colborn: I grew up in Philadelphia, PA. I love the city of Philadelphia, the beach towns of New Jersey, and the lovely city of New Orleans. I frequent these places as often as I can to boost my inspiration and creativity. People watching and interaction is key to developing believable characters. I also find inspiration by hanging out with other types of artists.

Eckleburg: If you had to arm wrestle a famous writer, poet or artist, either living or dead, who would it be? Why? What would you say to distract your opponent and go for the win?

Cathy T. Colborn: I would love to arm wrestle Emily Dickinson. I think I could take her. I would wait until she was going for the win and start telling her all about what women can accomplish in the 2000’s. That should distract her enough for me to take the win.

Eckleburg: What would you like the world to remember about you and your work?

Cathy T. Colborn: We all want future civilizations to know we existed. I will be long gone, and I am childless (aside from my dachshund). I would be happy knowing that my characters existed. They existed the moment I let someone else read their stories. That will never go away as long as I exist, and I won’t have much to say afterwards. If someone can relate to Madame Lola (or any of her friends and enemies), I will be satisfied. My characters may be in a magical setting, but they are flawed and beautiful. They are like us. They will live on, I’m sure of it.

Cathy T. Colborn is the author of Madame Lola’s Marvelously Amazing Medicine Show, a steampunk adventure set in New Orleans. She is also the creator of Philly Flash Inferno, a literary journal with the ongoing theme of The Seven Deadly Sins. She has poetry published in the upcoming projects: Scars and Tattoos: Our Stories on Our Skin and Poetry to the Paintings of Gregory Prestegord. Currently, she is teaching Short Short Fiction online for The Eckleburg Workshops.

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