As a kid, I was completely obsessed with Isaac Asimov’s fiction. I read almost all of it–I, Robot; The Foundation Trilogy; Tales of the Black Widowers (and the rest of the series)… One of my enduring favorites, however, is an extremely pulpy series he wrote under the pen name of Paul French, The Lucky Starr series, about a young Space Ranger (or the equivalent…I’ve not gotten to read these in years) who gets himself into all sorts of trouble.
When I first read Flyer, L. N. Weldon’s latest release, it immediately reminded me of the Lucky Starr books. (Full disclosure…I’m good friends with L. N., as we’ve known each other since high school. So, naturally, I may be a teensy bit biased.) But Flyer is genuinely a fun read, with just enough of a modern feel to keep it from feeling as campy as some of the old pulp sci-fi. I’m quite pleased to be able to host L. N. on the blog this week!
*Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I’m living on a deserted island and this is the only way I could contact the outside world.
Actually, I’m currently living in the small town where I spent most of my growing-up years, working as a librarian at the local library. I like it, but I spent a year living in Frankfurt, Germany, one of the most metropolitan and ethnically diverse cities in Europe, and I miss the big-city atmosphere. One of these days, I plan to leave my island small town and head for the big city, and work at one of the larger public libraries.
As for writing, the novella that Magical Ink Media just published is one of my all-time favorite stories. Flyer is a soft-sci-fi tale of a guy who escapes a life of drudgery in the colony domes of Mars and becomes a “flyer” – a low-gravity hoverboard racer, basically. It’s not a complex book, the plot is very straightforward and the world limited to one lonely moon, but it’s a real get-your-blood-pumping race story, and that’s always fun to write.
*What’s the funniest/weirdest thing you’ve ever had to research for a story?
I just finished a paranormal mystery about a guy who has to go up against a demon. When I first started writing, I wasn’t planning to get in depth at all, just go generic, but I got distracted one day reading up on demonology. Now that is some weird stuff. The medieval monks had a little too much time on their hands, I think. Should have left off on the detailed classification of angels and demons and put a little more effort into preventing the plague.
*Where do you usually write? Can you show describe it?
I do most of my writing sitting cross-legged on my bed, or – when my knees start to cramp – in the saucer chair I got a few Christmases ago. The weirdest place I’ve ever consistently done a lot of writing was hiding in the back corner of the chapel at the college I graduated from, up in the balcony, hoping none of the tourists noticed me up there in a pew.
*Do you have a strange quirk or habit while writing or preparing to write?
I’m not superstitious… But I am a little ‘stitious. I’ve got to have something to drink – water, usually – and it has to be sitting to my right. The area around my computer has to be totally clear: no blankets or pillows in the way if I’m on my bed, nothing in the floor or line of sight if I’m sitting in the chair. Heaven help us all if I’m sitting at an actual table or desk. I’m not generally a neat-freak, but when it comes to writing, I can’t stand clutter.
Also I have this pair of fluffy pink socks that I break out on really bad writers-block days.
*What’s next on your plate?
I’ve got the second book in a middle-grade adventure story, which involves an army of automatons, a boy whose memories are trapped in a machine, and a girl who once saved the world. After that, a steampunk fantasy called Goblintown, and maybe eventually a novel tentatively titled Lyre which includes pirates, giants, Norse mythology, interplanetary travel, and a cannibal or two. And that’s all assuming I don’t get distracted by the pack of werewolves that keep trying to get my attention.
Thanks for being here, L. N.! Check out Flyer here on Amazon–it’s free for Prime members!