Cathy Ulrich

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Cathy Ulrich

What inspired your pieces?
Attics are scary, aren’t they? What if someone really is living up in there? And what if there’s also someone in your basement?

Do you have a favorite line or lines from your accepted pieces for The Ginger Collect?
“Some of us don’t believe in basement girls, or even in basements. What’s below the steps? they say. There’s nothing.”

I like the idea of disbelieving in something that is so clearly real.

Who is your most influential writer? Who do you always go back to for inspiration?
I don’t have a most influential writer. There are too many amazing writers in the world to pick one. I do tend to get a lot of inspiration from manga and manhwa, though.

What season do you find you write the most in?
All of the above, unless something terrible happens and I’m too depressed to write.

Do you keep any snacks around while you write? If so, what’s your favorite?
I actually write on my lunch break at work, so whatever I’ve packed in my lunch is what I snack on! If I’m lucky, I’ve made okonomiyaki and have some left over.

Do you ever create soundtracks for the pieces you’re writing?
I always listen to music when I write, so whatever songs are playing are my soundtrack, I guess.

Do you find writing invigorating or exhausting?
Both, absolutely. I love getting the words out of my brain onto the paper, but it can be tiring!

What do you want readers to take away from your piece?
That there is always weirdness in the world.

What is your ideal writing environment?
Apparently the break room at work? But seriously, anywhere I can zone out and write without hurting myself and others works just fine for me.

Do you have any future writing plans?
Nothing specific. Just keep writing!


You can read Cathy Ulrich’s piece in Issue Four of The Ginger Collect: The Attic Girls.

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