Our second Author Spotlight this week introduces Maria S. Picone. Maria is a new Insignia contributor, joining us for Southeast Asian Fantasy Drabbles. She has 3 drabbles featured: ‘A Royal Request’, Uneasy Alliance’ and ‘The Dead Can Only Haunt You’. Hopefully we’ll see her work in future Insignia anthologies too.

Please enjoy Maria’s ‘Twenty Questions’ interview.

Maria S. Picone has an MFA from Goddard College. She loves cats, noodles, and oil painting. Her Twitter is @mspicone, and her website is


  1. Author Name/s: Maria S. Picone
  2. Years active as a writer: all the years! Recently, 2019-2020
  3. What genre/s you write: poetry, fiction, nonfiction
  4. Favorite genre to write: short-form works
  5. Favorite length of story to write: flash—sweet spot 300-500 words.
  6. Your nationality: USA
  7. Country you live in: USA
  8. Number of Asian countries visited: 6
  9. Favorite Asian country (visited): Korea
  10. Favorite place in Asia (visited): Barhouy Waterfall in Cambodia
  11. Place (city or country) you most want to visit in Asia: Jinhae-gu
  12. Favorite Asian cuisine: Korean
  13. Favorite Asian dish: kimchi jjigae
  14. Favorite Asian movie (any genre): Hero by Zhang Yimou
  15. Favorite Asian book (any genre): The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima
  16. Day writer or night writer: Night
  17. Drink and snack of choice (while writing): Green tea, rice crackers with nori
  18. Number of short stories/poems submitted each month (av): In 2020 so far, 51 (av)
  19. Most active on (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram): Twitter @mspicone
  20. Currently working on: about one flash fiction or CNF for every twenty poems.

Southeast Asian Fantasy Drabbles is OUT NOW!

Universal Link:

Direct Links: 

Amazon US– Amazon UK – Amazon AUS

Amazon JP – Amazon CA – Amazon IN

KOBO – NOOK – Scribd – Smashwords


And Horror Matsuri starts TOMORROW!

See you October 1st!

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