An Interview with Imaani Cain

"Harvest" is engagingly speculative: where did it come from? 

I didn't start working on anything even remotely speculative until I received a copy of Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi from my father. I was ensnared by the tone of it: I wanted to write something that also felt dreamlike and dangerous. 

Who has most influenced/shaped your writing? 

For the most part, I think Migdalia Cruz, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Christopher Marlowe have been my biggest influences. They use such rich characterization and dialogue with sparse settings.