When I was back at Radcon, I kept ending up on panels with Luna Lindsey. We are almost total opposites in terms of personality, but I can tell you that she is as devoted to the art of writing as I am. Really, that’s what matters. She’s a very engaging author, and we played off each other really well. It made for some great panels.
I’m excited to review her “Emerald City Dreamer,” though I’ve got to work my way through the queue at the moment.
Regardless, Luna was nice enough to give an interview. Here it is:
1. So, what got you into writing?
I have always been writing, since I first told my mother a story and had her write it down. When I haven’t been writing fiction, I write non-fiction. Other forms of expression just don’t compare.
2. Let’s talk about your most recent novel, Emerald City Dreamer. You seem to have a very dark take on the Fae –where does that come from?
It comes from the folklore itself. People once actually believed in fairies. Instead of “Once upon a time”, they spoke of them in the present tense. And the stories they told depicted fae that were unpredictable. Even the very best faeries (the “seelie”) might kill you for failing to leave out the milk.
3. On that note, you’ve got a book that seems to embrace the concept of Seattle. I’m guessing you really love your home town—true?
Technically, I’m not from Seattle. I moved here ten years ago, and yes, I really love it here. I really enjoying showing off some of my favorite places by where I set scenes. In a way, Seattle is a character herself, ever-present, in the background.
4. You’ve got two novels (that I know of) out right now; Emerald City Dreamer, Make willing the Prey, and your comedic novella Guardian at the Gate. Of those, which one was the most fun to write, and why?
They were all pretty fun. I’m going to go with Guardian at the Gate. It doesn’t take itself too seriously. Years ago, my writing critique group decided we should all write a story with the same title. This was the product of that, and I learned how fun it is to write a story inspired by a common theme. These days, I can replicate that challenge by writing to a themed anthology. It’s really fun when other people in my group do the same, so we can see the many different takes on the same idea.
5. You seem to be entirely self-published. Do you have an editor, or is this a one-woman show?
All my longer works are self-published. I am a firm believer in the critique process, and lean on my writer’s group for first-round. I have a beta reading group for the final edits.
I regularly submit stories to magazines and anthologies, and of course work with editors then.
6. Other than the three novels/novellas linked [note: they’ll link to Amazon once I’m in wordpress] above, are there any anthologies out there where readers can get a taste of your work?
No anthologies yet. Last year, I published two pieces in online magazines: One in the Journal of Unlikely Entomology, Let the Bugs Work Themselves Out about cyberpunk ants; the other in Penumbra, Beyond Earth’s Summer, a post-apocalyptic tale about Ray Bradbury.
7. When not writing, what do you do with what little time is left?
I enjoy video games, a lot, specifically PC and iPad games. I also like to watch the latest shows, preferably a season at a time. Then there’s catching up on reading (fiction and non-fiction), Twitter, and movies. I also recycle my own candles.
8. Which authors would you say have been your greatest inspiration?
Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov. Anne Rice and Madeline L’Engle. Robert Heinlein and David Brin.
9. What’s next on the horizon for Luna Lindsey?
The next Emerald City book, Emerald City Iron, is going through my critique group right now. So expect that sometime early next year. I’m currently drafting a non-fiction book about mind control.
10. See you at Radcon next year?
Radcon is my home con, so I wouldn’t miss it!