Today we’re sitting down with indie author Lysa Lloyd, her social media links will be down at the end of the interview so if you want, you can check her out and she might just be your next favourite author. Anyway, let’s get into the interview.
Tell me a little bit about your book. Let’s focus on your characters. Who are they? What are they doing in your novel?
My book is a collection of short stories, so there are lots of characters. We have werewolves, vampires, time travellers, demons, and exorcists.
What and who inspired you to write this book?
Fanfiction is what inspires me the most, as well as media I consume like tv-series and movies. My favourite authors are the friends I’ve made in fandom, although I won’t share their AO3 handles with you. I read a lot of non-fiction and my favourite books are Gay New York by George Chauncey and Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers by Lillian Faderman.
What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I’ve recently implemented a weekly schedule, but since I’m so busy working on my newest book release, I barely have time to write right now. Before this month, I was writing 1000 words a day, and it could take me anywhere from 45 minutes to 6 hours.
Why is it important to support indie authors?
Indie authors are the ones struggling to make it in the real world. We have to basically pull ourselves up by our bootstraps. We do everything ourselves: writing, editing, cover design, marketing, publishing, and advertising. Even outsourcing some of these things takes money out of our own pockets.
When did you write your first book/story and how old were you?
I’m not sure it was my first book, but I remember writing Xena fanfiction with my brother when I was about six or seven years old. I can’t even remember what happened in it, but I wrote the story and he drew the pictures. He is a wonderful artist, and I’m devastated that I don’t know what happened to that story.
Do you only write for books or do you have plans to possibly branch out into writing for other mediums?
I have always written fanfiction since about 2010, but I’m hoping to get involved in the entertainment industry as a screenwriter, whether on tv shows or as a film writer. I’ve written a couple of screenplays and theatre plays, and even had some theatre plays performed, and I’d love to get my fingers in as many pies as possible.
Paint us a picture of your writing desk/area. What does it look like?
My writing desk is my bed! I sit on my bed every day and write, plan, market, sell, advertise, publish, commission, everything. One day I’ll get a proper desk and a proper setup, but for now, this does well. I sat at a desk three days a week for eight hours a day for a whole year, and it was torture. I love never leaving my bed.
Lysa Lloyd’s new short story anthology, The Good Book of Bad Stories is available on the Google Play Store and Apple Books. Lysa also have a website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Make sure to check her out!
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