My Author Spotlight this week brings to us a very talented and prolific author,J.D. Lakey... who is also nominated for the Global ebook awards by the way. We discuss her book, Spider Wars - book three of the Black Bead Chronicles, a Sci-fi novel.
What is your book about?
The five Black Bead Chronicles books are classic sci-fi space operas. A girl named Cheobawn is trying to find her way in the world despite everything that goes wrong and regardless of what everyone else thinks she ought to do. In Spider Wars, the events of Bhotta's Tears (book two) have led to disastrous consequences. The Coven, the ruling council of the dome, refuse to give her advice. The Fathers do not understand why she purposefully puts herself at risk. She finds out that there are other beings beside the Spacers and their Scerron pilots who want to influence her progress as she learns to control her unprecedented psychic power.
What inspired you to write this book?
I had this short story character who kept getting into trouble, that trouble turning into really great adventures. Sometimes she died. Sometimes she survived. What kind of world would make such a creature? I created a land full of fierce creatures and domes full of warriors run by witches adept in the art of empathy and genetic manipulation. Everyone, men and women, could attain great status if they were skilled and talented enough.
Who is your favourite, and least favourite, character in the book?
Cheobawn is my favorite, of course. She is the eye in the heart of the storm. Least favorite? I love them all. They all have purpose and reason, despite the bad things they do.
What draws you to this genre? Do you write in any other genre?
I have been a hard core science fiction fan since I was 13. I will read other things but I always return to the adventure and sense of discovery that sci-fi gives me. My short stories are full of dragons and demons and witches but they are not fantasy fiction. They tend to be dark horror stories.
Can we expect more in this series?So far, there are five books in the Black Bead Chronicles. Book four is complete and I am futzing around with the middle of book five.
Tell me about you and what drew you to writing? Are there any authors who inspired you to become a writer yourself?
I came from a household full of voracious readers. I got my love of a good book from my mother. In between books, I used to paint and draw. My art told stories. One day I put down the brushes and picked up a pen. I never went back. Who inspires me? All those women who wrote sci-fi when it was a man's genre. Their prose was more lyrical, their characters more in touch with their feelings.
Other than your own book, what is your favourite novel?
Depends on my mood. Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone is a favorite because when you read it out loud, the characters come to life, and you realize Rowling has an unerring ear for the cadence of humor. Ursula K. Leguin, Vonnegut, CJ Cherryh. The list goes on.
Have you written other books we should know about?
If you could advise aspiring writers on only one aspect of authordom, what would your advice be?
You have a voice inside your head. Let it out. Read what you write out loud and listen to how it sounds. Forget grammar and spelling and punctuation. That comes later.