Please welcome Author Lichelle Slater to THE KATY blog today!
Lichelle grew up in Shelley, Idaho, but has resided in Utah since 2000. She 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. In 2014, she earned a Master’s of Science in ComDDe in Listening and Spoken Language (also from USU). Lichelle has been teaching special education preschool for 3 years now, and wouldn’t pass it up for a minute!
In case you haven’t noticed, Lichelle absolutely LOVE dragons! And you will always find a dragon in one of her stories–no matter the genre. Her favorite genre to write is fantasy, but she’s pushed herself to write a scifi/fantasy (Sirkus av Magi trilogy), clean romance (Christmas Magic Novellas), and even a paranormal series (planned for 2018).
How did you decide to become an author? Any books, movies, or people that inspired you to pursue your dream?
I’ve been in love with stories for as long as I can remember. As a kid, my mom and dad read stories to us. One of my most fond memories is my dad reading “The Hobbit” to us before bed every night, and he had a different voice for each of the characters. I always wrote a little here and there, loved it in high school, and knew I wanted to major in creative writing my first year of college.
Where did you get the idea to combine the circus with science fiction?
The idea for this entire series came from my desire to go to Utopia Con 2017 and have a table for the first time with my first self-published book. The theme for the conference is “Step Write Up” and all circus/freakshow. So, I knew I wanted to do some sort of circus story. But what I really didn’t want to do was something cliche. I was reading “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” and loved the antique photos and how the author made a story for each one. It made me wonder what would happen if someone wrote a story with the antique photos from freakshows and circus, and immediately went, “Well why can’t I write that?” “How do I make a circus story different?” “SPACESHIP!”
Are you a plotter or a panster? Or a planster?
I try really hard to be a plotter, but I would definitely say there are a lot of components that make me a pantser. For example, I do really good plotting the beginning, middle, and end of a story, and know certain scenes need to happen to lead to different events, but everything else is definitely just made up as I go!
What draws you to writing Science fiction in general?
This is actually my first science fiction story I’ve written, but I’m a huge fan of Star Trek, Star Wars, etc. and have always love astronomy. I love that there’s so much unknown about space and therefore pretty much open to be explored through writing.
What scientific advancement do you feel is right around the corner?
I think self-driving cars are on the brink of becoming a thing.
Do any of your characters represent you as a whole or someone you know? Or are they qualities you admire in others?
The main character, Crystal, has some quirky things that are totally me. I’m a spaz, want to be friends with everyone, but definitely have a hard time trusting people sometimes.
If you could live in any book for a week, which one would you choose and why?
I love the magic of Narnia, and there’s anything I could do! That, or Harry Potter because there are dragons…
Are there any genres of literature or movies that you won’t read or watch? What’s your favorite genre to read/watch?
I don’t read/watch anything erotica, even romance is pushing it a little (just not my thing, give me action and adventure!). I also love scary and suspense movies, but not gory and evil horror. My all time favorite things to watch are anything nerdy–superheroes, scifi, adventure, action. Anything with dragons!
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
One of the hardest things you’ll hear is what you’re doing isn’t important, that you’ll never make your writing work, you’ll never be successful, that you’re wasting your time. Don’t listen to them! Another piece of advice: write every day, even if it’s just a few words/sentences. The more frequently you write, the better you get–just like playing an instrument or sport.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I play with my puppy (Perseus), read, sculpt, and just sit at home and watch movies.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Join the Step Right Up online party! https://www.facebook.com/events/973304979469568/ There will be all sorts of prizes and giveaways. And thank you, Katy, for letting me be a part of today. These questions have been a blast!
Thank you for joining me on THE KATY today, Lichelle!
One lucky winner will win a copy of Step Right Up! All you need to do is join the online release party with the link above and also like Lichelle’s Facebook author page (Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LichelleSlaterAuthor/) for a chance to win. Once you do those two things, message Lichelle and let her know I sent you for a chance to win!