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.
This morning, author Lindsey S. Frantz joins me to talk about her role in the anthology and writing in general.
How did you become a writer? Any people, books, or movies inspire you to fulfill your dream?
I’ve loved stories since I was very small, insisting that my parents read me book after book until I could read them myself. When I was 11 or 12, I discovered Anne McCaffrey and her Dragonriders of Pern, and from that point on, I knew I wanted to write.
How did you become involved in The Last Words anthology?
Another Last Words writer, CD Scott, invited me!
What is your story about? How did you come up with this idea?
My story is about a young, cave dwelling girl with telekinetic and telepathic powers, who’s forced into choosing whether or not to stay beneath the earth with a group of people who hate her or venture into the upworld, a place said to be sure death. This story was birthed years ago after a spelunking expedition with an ex-boyfriend. I’d written another story, “The Hunter,” which featured a telekinetic girl, and after going into caves myself, that story mutated to include caves until “Erilyn’s Awakening” was born.
What do you feel draws people to reading dystopian stories?
I think it’s the familiarity of what once was combined with the tension of this new, unknown world, that draws people in. There are so many possibilities in dystopian literature!
If you could choose any book world to live in for one week, which would you choose and why?
It would have to be a tie between Anne McCaffrey’s Pern, because more than anything I would love to have my own telepathic dragon partner and Harry Potter’s Hogwarts, because I’m no muggle!
What else are you working on? Any hints?
Currently, I’m waiting for my first book, ‘The Upworld,’ to come out from Line by Lion Publications (due out sometime this summer) and planning the sequel. The Upworld kicks off a couple of years after “Erilyn’s Awakening” and continues her story as a seventeen-year-old with a single companion, a large serval cat.
Are you a plotter or a panster? Or a hybrid of the two?
I always thought I was a pantser, but it turns out, after finishing and revising my first novel, I’m a plotter.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Right now, I nurse my newborn daughter and play with my toddler son, but most usually I’m plotting and planning in my head what I’d like to write next.
Do you have any advice for new writers?
Write! Just write. There are so many rules and so much advice, but when you’re starting, just WRITE!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lindsey S. Frantz lives in the sleepy, art-rich town of Berea, Kentucky with her husband, toddler son, infant daughter, dog, and cats. She works for Eastern Kentucky University as the MFA Specialist for their creative writing program, Bluegrass Writers Studio. She is also the managing editor of the literary journal Jelly Bucket and a yoga teacher. Her work has previously appeared in Paradigm, Aurora Literary Arts Journal, Main Street Rag’s Villains Anthology, Kentucky Her Story 2012, Ruminate Magazine, and Emerge Literary Journal. Her first novel, The Upworld, will be published by Line by Lion Publications in the summer of 2017. In her spare time, Lindsey knits, crochets, doodles, and sings silly songs to her babies.