For the next week or so, I have a series of author interviews for “From Now On: The Last Words Anthology.” It’s a set of awesome dystopian stories all taking place in different worlds and characters. You can preorder the anthology here and it will arrive on your Kindle June 10th! All proceeds go to help JDRF and kids with diabetes.
Today, Lichelle Slater joins me!
How did you become a writer? Any people, books, or movies inspire you to fulfill your dream?
My parents instilled in me a love for books when I was very young. I remember my mom taking us to the library so we could get armfuls of books (which I’m sure was two or three books), and my dad read “The Hobbit” to us as kids, using different voices for the characters. I fell in love with the magic of words, the ability to transfer you to different worlds, to forget everything you’re doing in this one. I’ve always wanted to share my worlds with others.
How did you become involved in The Last Words anthology?
I volunteered as tribute! Haha! A group of us started talking about doing an anthology and it sort of took off from there.
What is your story about? How did you come up with this idea?
Mine is about a young man, Corvits, who grows up in a world where many people have superpowers. His dad is a villain, and Corvits has spent his whole life trying to prove to his dad that he’s worth something, even though he has a wimpy power. I came up with this idea after four failed attempts at writing a different story. I finally scrapped it and started all over. I absolutely love superheroes and have a love for a well-created villain.
What do you feel draws people to reading dystopian stories?
Our world is in so much chaos right now, people are worried it’s on the brink of destruction. I think people enjoy reading dystopian because it shows a world of possibilities after our own. A well written dystopian can also give us all a little bit of hope that we can change our future.
If you could choose any book world to live in for one week, which would you choose and why?
As silly as it may sound, I would love to live in Harry Potter. I’m a HUGE lover of fantasy and magic, and the ability to use magic would be awesome!
What else are you working on? Any hints?
I’m working on Come One, Come All (the sequel to Step Right Up), and I’m also working on a totally awesome urban fantasy story that involves a handsome Djinn.
Are you a plotter or a panster? Or a hybrid of the two?
Total pantser. I tried really hard to be a plotter, tried to be a hybrid, but I just can’t make it work. When I sit down and just start writing, my story evolves and the characters tell me where everything is going. I can sometimes sit down and plot after I’ve gotten 3/4 of the way through writing and need to fill the gaps.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I work full-time as a special education preschool teacher. I also have a puppy, Perseus, whom I adore. When I’m not working, playing with him, or writing, I love to do anything crafty. I do cross stitching, crochet, painting, I adore musicals, going to movies, etc.
Do you have any advice for new writers?
Never give up! There are a lot of cynical people out there, and a lot of people who feel they have to give you advice. You know your story better than anyone else. You don’t have to change things in your story just because someone said to. On the flip side, be open to criticism. Some people (like your editor and tribe) really want your story to succeed. People who have been in the business a while might actually know what they’re doing, so don’t brush aside every piece of advice.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
From the time I was a child, I knew I wanted to be a writer. I earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Creative Writing, and Bachelors of Science in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education (ComDDe) from Utah State University in 2011. I took a year off, then went back and earned a Masters of Science in ComDDe in a field called Listening and Spoken Language (also from USU) in 2014. I’ve been teaching special education preschool for 3 years now, and love it so much.
In case you haven’t noticed, I absolutely LOVE dragons! And if you don’t know, you will always find a dragon in one of my stories–no matter the genre. My favorite genre to write is fantasy, but I’ve pushed myself to write a sci-fi/fantasy (Sirkus av Magi trilogy), clean romance (Christmas Magic Novellas), and even a paranormal series (planned for 2018)