Please welcome another from our friends Down Under at Satalyte Press… the wonderful LynC!
So, what have you written?
Short answer is lots. Published, not so many.
4 short stories – one of which “Nematalien” was shortlisted for a Chronos award in 2013.
My first short story – “Through the Red Mask” – originally published on wwww.narratorium.com in 2012 – is available for free on my web site http://www.lyncwriter.com.au
“Manga Dude – where d’ya get your inspro man?” can be found in the anthology This Mutant Life which is available from Amazon or the publisher (www.kalamitypress.com) Nil By Mouth was published in 2014 (http://satalyte.com.au/product/nil-by-mouth-by-lync or Amazon) and shortlisted for two jury awards in 2015 (The Norma K Hemming Award and The Aurealis Award – SF category)
What are you working on at the minute?
I have lots of WIPs – Works in Progress!
Satalyte Publishing have agreed to accept ‘Traynor’, an SF novel about two alien ships which crash land on Earth 40,000 years ago and choose diametrically opposed methods of coping with their isolation. This will have a sequel.
I am putting the finishing touches on a Space Opera – ‘Gin Joints’ – but do not yet have a publisher for it. This will also have at least one sequel, possibly two.
I almost always have a couple of short stories doing the rounds. Today is no exception.
And I keep writing.
What genre are your books? & What draws you to this genre?
I am a Speculative Fiction Writer. This means I write mainly in the genres of Science Fiction, Fantasy. Supernatural, Urban Fantasy, etc with touches of Romance. But it is not always a boy who gets a girl. J
My mother introduced me to Fantasy when I was very little – reading me things such as ‘The Wind in the Willows’. From there I read every book I was allowed to get my hands on in the local school libraries and Municipal libraries. I just found that Speculative Fiction with its variety, challenge solving, and lack of formula was what drew me most. You couldn’t always tell quite what was going to happen next. Sometimes you couldn’t even work out what was happening now!
So when I started writing for myself, it was just natural that the area I found most fascinating is what I would start producing.
When did you decide to become a writer? & Why do you write? & What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
I have been a writer since I was capable of holding a pencil, even before I could spell. Some people are just driven by their need to create. Unfortunately I have that curse, and my chosen medium is the written word. J
Do you write full-time or part-time?
I would have to say that I put finger to keyboard on a part-time basis. This does not mean I am not creating a story full-time, just that it has to stay in my head till I have the leisure to sit at a keyboard and start putting it down.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? & Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
I try to find a 2 hour block every day, but it could be any time. It just depends on what else HAD to happen before I could take time off and indulge.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I used to work as a technical programmer (a Database Administrator) for 40 years, so it was a relief to get on the train at night and get away from the dancing pixels with a fixed print paper book. Technology has moved on and this is not the issue it used to be, but because of my work I had taught myself to gloss over humungous reports and manuals and just find the salient points. It is now an unconscious habit. With paper I take time and notice more and savour what is in front of me.
What book/s are you reading at present?
Last year I read 92 books, the year before (I was still working) I read 74. This year I have accepted the Goodreads challenge and am attempting 100 books. They vary from brand new books to the comfortable and familiar, but almost all are speculative fiction.
Recent reading has included Sulari Gentill, Eli Glasman, Garth Nix, Paul Collins, Sean Williams and Keri Arthur. And those are just the Australians on the list.
Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
If not me, who? I can’t afford to pay someone else. It is too expensive.
Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?
When a book is first created, you are too close to it to see the flaws. It takes time and usually a new book or some time on another WIP to get the necessary distance.
Most of my ‘flaws’ tend to be that I do not fully explain a situation. When creating the work, I can see it so clearly in my head, feel what the character is feeling, see what they see, that what ends up on the page is a sort of memory jog rather than something which conveys all that to the reader. I need time for the memory to diminish enough that I can see that I haven’t explained it clearly enough.
hat advice would you give to aspiring writers?
The same advice that kick started me after I gafiated* by having children, getting a job, etc. Writing is a craft and like all crafts you need to learn the skills and techniques, and you need to practice. But essentially –
If you want to be a writer – JUST DO IT!
*‘GAFIATE’ is a very old SF fannish word meaning to Get Away From It All. It is usually used to indicate someone who has walked away from SF Fandom. In my case I am using it to mean someone who left the writing scene.
Thanks LynC for joining us this week! Also be sure to follow her and check out her work!!