My story in this anthology is “Mary In the Looking Glass,” and if you’re thinking that sounds familiar, you’re right.
I think most girls go through the super-creepy stage–I know I did, and my son came home from elementary school for about three years running with stories about his female friends who were, they claimed, possessed or haunted or casting spells or what have you. And that’s when you first hear about Bloody Mary in the mirror. I never had quite enough nerve to chant her name three times, whether in front of the mirror or not. The idea of seeing something moving in the mirror–behind me, off in the corner, in the shadows–was extremely enticing but also terrifying.
“Mary In the Looking Glass” is about the enticement. It’s a love story (so many romances from me!). It’s also about looking for the reality at the center of things, of asking yourself what you can really know about anyone.
(If you knew me back in junior high, this is the story you all knew I’d write someday. Forget the steampunk and the science fiction; this is exactly where 6th grade Laura’s authorial ambitions were leading.)