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.
Another Last Words writer, CD Scott, invited me!
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.
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!
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!
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.
I always thought I was a pantser, but it turns out, after finishing and revising my first novel, I’m a plotter.
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.
Write! Just write. There are so many rules and so much advice, but when you’re starting, just WRITE!
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.