T Frohock

Nalini Haynes talks to Teresa Frohock, known online as T Frohock, about her Los Nefilim series, writing historical fantasy, representation in stories and more. The podcast is above and the video is below, as are planned questions, how to find Teresa online and a list of books, TV series and movies discussed in the interview. Teresa identifies as deaf with a cochlear implant so Dark Matter Zine will prioritise publishing a text-format version of the interview. Watch this space!

T Frohock turned a love of history and dark fantasy into tales of deliciously creepy fiction. A real-life cyborg, Teresa has a cochlear implant, meaning she can turn you on or off with the flick of a switch. Make of that what you will. She currently lives in North Carolina, where she has long been accused of telling stories, which is a southern colloquialism for lying. Her latest novel is Where Oblivion Lives (review here).
T Frohock sits in an armchair

Planned questions

A text-format version of this interview is coming soon. Until then, here are my planned questions for this interview.

Please tell us about your latest novel Where Oblivion Lives.

This is part of a larger series; how does it fit in the bigger picture?

You’ve written diversity in this novel, including lots of queer representation and a variety of races. Why representation important?

Where Oblivion Lives is largely set in the 1930s in Europe. The main character travels to Germany so he tangles with Nazis. What inspired you to include Nazis in your novel?

There are so many Nazi speculative fiction stories at the moment, from SS-GB to Iron Sky and, of course, your novel. Why do you think that is?

You identify as deaf because you’re hard of hearing with a cochlear implant—What listeners can’t see is that I’m asking Teresa questions via text that she’s reading while I’m talking—Can you please share how that impacts your work and why you chose not to write a deaf character in your latest novel?

Stories with disabled characters usually treat disability as a narrative prosthesis. A few examples of narrative prosthesis (see Mitchell & Snyder’s Narrative Prosthesis (2000)) include disability as a plot point like in Joe Hill’s The Fireman, a disabled person is used to humanise or teach nondisabled characters like in Rain Man, disability as symbolic character flaw or disability as inspiration porn. Did these types of tropes influence your decision to veer away from disability issues in your novel?

Which authors and stories have most influenced your writing?

What will be the highlights of your life over the next year?

Who would win: Wonder Woman or Black Widow?

T Frohock can be found
Books, movies and TV shows mentioned in this podcast and video