Please welcome Author Lindsay Edmunds to THE KATY today! (Read to the end for an awesome giveaway ending 6/9)
Lindsay Edmunds lives a quiet normal life near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—except when she is writing. Then things get wild. The stories she likes to tell involve fantasy, magical realism, and computers.
How did you decide to become an author? Any books, movie, or people that inspired you to pursue your dream?
My writing career began as simple hero-worship. I wanted to be like the writers whose books I enjoyed. I still do. My family and friends also believed in me and encouraged me.
Are you self-published or traditionally published? Why did you choose to go that route?
I tried the traditional route with my first book, Cel & Anna; I even had an agent at one point. But nothing happened, and I decided to self-publish. It has been a good choice for me.
Are you a plotter or a pantster?
My true nature is pantster. When I write not knowing what will come next, I do my best work. However, I am a much better plotter than I used to be. Plotters work efficiently, and I am always looking to be more efficient and productive.
Do you prefer writing short stories or full-length novels? Why?
I started out with novels and switched to short stories and novellas. I discovered that my best work is done in sprints, not marathons.
What scientific advancement do you feel is right around the corner?
Self-driving cars are going to become more and more common. Eventually the ability to drive will be rare. In my 2011 novel Cel & Anna, a character’s ability to drive a car in Manual Mode enables him to escape his enemies.
Do any of your characters represent you as a whole or someone you know? Or are they qualities you admire in others?
I’m glad you asked that second question because my characters often reflect qualities I admire in others. (My bad guys reflect qualities in others I don’t like.) I never base characters on real people.
Are there any genres of literature or movies that you won’t read or watch? What’s your favorite genre to read/watch?
I won’t read books or watch movies with graphic violence. Otherwise, I am pretty open-minded. I am a sucker for magical realism; it doesn’t even have to be good. Russell Hoban (a great writer) wrote books that suggest a wider world than what we can perceive with our five senses. Northfork and Wings of Desire are movie examples. My favorite movie of all time, Local Hero, has a touch of magic in it.
Do you have an advice for aspiring writers?
Write every day. Pick a time of day, set a timer, and write. If you have fifteen minutes, give it fifteen minutes. The key is consistency.
Any upcoming projects you’d like to share?
Big excitement is ahead in June! USA Today best-selling urban fantasy author Anthea Sharp accepted my story “The Skeptic” for inclusion in the Chronicle Worlds: Feyland anthology. This beautiful anthology will be published in mid to late June.
This is the premise of Feyland: What if a high-tech computer game was actually a gateway to the Realm of Faerie? The main character in “The Skeptic” plays Feyland to mock and debunk it, but he gets a lot more than he bargained for. I loved writing “The Skeptic.”
Anything else you’d like to add?
Sign up for my mailing list to get a free Imagination ebook. The lead quotation is from Albert Einstein. Who knew he loved fairy tales?
Thank you for joining me on THE KATY today, Lindsay!