As part of our second year of fun and frolic here at Canadian Lesfic, we will be posting a series of author interviews. From time to time you will have the opportunity to learn more about what the members of the Admin. Team and other authors have to say about writing, and about themselves. Enjoy!
Q: What do you want your readers to take from your novels?
A: I never think about what readers should take away from my stories. When someone reads a story, her worldview, experiences, and biases will influence what resonates with her. She’ll take away whatever matters to her at that time in her life. That’s one reason why the same story can be loved by some readers and hated by others. It’s also why a reader who loves a story when she’s 20 might wonder what the hell she saw in it when she’s 40.
Q: What genre do you prefer to write in and why?
A: I tend to write science fiction, fantasy, and mystery stories, probably because those are the three fiction genres I read the most.
Q: How do you handle writers block?
A: I don’t experience writer’s block. Whenever I’m writing a story and feel stuck, it’s always because the story has taken a wrong turn. I step back, figure out what’s not working, fix it, and continue. If it’s more a problem of not feeling like writing at all, I force myself to sit down and write. The words always flow after that.
Q: What ratio of reading books vs writing them do you do?
A: Oh, gosh, I read many more books than I write. Consuming content is always faster and easier than producing it.
Q: What object would you grab if your house was on fire?
A: I’d worry about my partner and cats. Everything else can be replaced.
Q: Would you rather be famous or rich (if you could only choose one)?
A: Rich. Being famous would be a pain in the ass.