Welcome, Lynn Flewelling. Tell us about your writing – What genre do you prefer to write? What books, stories, other publications that you’ve written are your personal favorites? Anything new coming up?
I am a fantasy novelist, author of the ongoing Nightrunner Series and the Tamír Triad. I have a few short stories in anthos to my credit, but that’s not my forte.
My favorite short story is “Perfection,” which appears in Elemental: The Tsunami Relief Anthology. All of the contributors donated the profits to the relief efforts for the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka.
As far as my books go, I’m especially fond of The Bone Doll’s Twin, the first book of the Tamír Triad. It’s dark fantasy, it’s a ghost story, it’s a hidden child story, and it deals with issues of gender and identity. As for the Nightrunner Series, they’re all so different that I can’t really claim a favorite. I modeled the series on the Sherlock Holmes model; a series of book-length adventures loosely tied together, but complete in themselves, although some of them are duologies within the series, rather than a single long epic. The main characters are rather dashing spies who solves problems with wits as often as they do with weapons. They are both men and end up becoming lovers as well, although that is not the focus of the books, just an aspect of their characters.
My upcoming publication is the fifth book in the series, titled The White Road. That’s coming out on May 25. It’s the sequel to Shadows Return—one of those duologies I mentioned. At the moment I’m at work on a sixth Nightrunner book, with a seventh under contract.
Do  you get fan mail? What’s the best or most memorable? What’s the worst/weirdest?
I do get a lot of fan mail from readers all over the world. For the best, I can’t really narrow it down to a single letter so much as a type: many gay readers have written to thank me for Seregil and Alec, heroes they can identify with. They’ve used the books to get through rough times in their lives, even to come out to family and friends. When I created the characters, I never imagined anything like that.
The weirdest fan letter, if you can call it that, was definitely one I got from a man who wrote to tell me, at length, in tiny hand printing, over six sheets of paper, how I was “destroying the fabric of the American family.” The return address was a state prison.
What gets your creative juices going? Do you write to a music, and do you want to share your playlist?
Tea and music, both chosen to suit my mood. Lately I’ve been drinking a lot of matcha and listening to Tom Waits, Apocalytica, and the sound tracks to Alice in Wonderland and Henry V. 
What’s the best thing about being a writer? What’s the worst?
The best thing is that freedom to bring the visions from inside my head out into  the world to see. I love entertaining people, and the fact that the stories I tell do that is deeply satisfying, but the actual creative act is the best of it. It’s not always fun, but I can’t think of anything I’d rather do.
The worst part is the isolation. Years ago I worked in an office with people I liked, and the socializing was a big part of my day. Working alone all day with only the dogs for company wears on me at times. So does being the only person at a party who does what I do. I don’t live around many other writers. It’s such a relief to get to a convention and sit around with other writers, comparing notes, bitching and complaining about the same things, talking shop and everyone around the table is nodding and saying “Oh I know!”  It’s good to be among your own.
Any advice you’d like to share about writing?
Do it. Do the work. Write those awful stories and terrible books that you have to write on your way to becoming good. Classes and workshops can help, but you learn the most about writing by writing, and learning to look at your work with a critical eye. A good writer’s group can be a wonderful resource and source of inspiration. Feedback can help  you pinpoint weaknesses, and strengths in your writing. And, very importantly, when you’re first starting out, don’t worry whether you’re “good enough.” To publish? You’re not. You won’t be if  you don’t do the work. To write? All it takes is a willingness to apply pen to paper or fingers to keys on a regular basis and work on those basics: character, plot, theme, dialog, etc. 
What made you into a writer?
The inability to stop daydreaming when I grew up.
What special appearances or events are coming up for you?
I’ll be doing books signings at Mysterious Galaxy bookstore in San Diego on June 5, and another at some point during Comic Con, also in San Diego. In October I’ll be a guest at Yaoi Con. I don’t write yaoi, but because of the Nightrunner books, I have a lot of overlap with that fandom. 
Most exciting of all, however, is the writing workshop I will be teaching aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship May 23-30. It’s going to be a lot of fun. We’ll be cruising in the Caribbean, and alternating between at sea workshop days, and four ports of call, days when people can get off the boat and explore exotic places.  We still have some space in the workshop. The cruise price includes the cruise and all the amenities, including meals, and the workshop. For more information: http://www.connectiontocruise.com/cruises/offerdetail.asp?priceid=1612862&sid=11239
How can we find you? Website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc. – please share your public links.
Email: lbflewelling@roadrunner.com
Website: http://www.sff.net/people/lynn.flewelling
Live Journal: http://otterdance.livejournal.com
Facebook: Personal page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=532719346          Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lynn-Flewelling/145593970532?ref=ts
Yahoo Groups: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Flewelling
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LynnFlewelling
The LJ is my main hangout these days, but I repost to the FB fan page, Yahoo, and Twitter, too. 
Do you have any goodies for my readers today?
I sure do! I will send signed White Road bookmarks to the first ten people who comment, and lucky eleven will get a signed copy of the White Road as soon as it comes out!  Keep count and email me your addresses, folks. 

Many thanks for stopping by and for the goodies!
Perilously yours,
Perilous Welcome to Lynn Fleweling!

9 thoughts on “Perilous Welcome to Lynn Fleweling!

  • April 7, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    I’m surprised and pleased that so many of you know my work already! And hello to those of you who are new to me. I hope you’ll give my books a look see. 🙂


  • April 6, 2010 at 3:17 am

    Great interview. I always enjoy Lynn’s advice for aspirig writers. It gives me hope that one day I could achieve what I always wanted.
    And oh, the conventions. How I would love to live on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean!

  • April 6, 2010 at 12:36 am

    I’ve just been introduced to your books and am enjoying them very much. “Dashing” is the perfect word to describe Alec and Seregil.

  • April 6, 2010 at 12:35 am

    This is definitely the most interesting interview I’ve read in a while. I’m looking forward to your next book!

  • April 6, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Oh – did I miss the free bookmark? Oh well, the interview was great and I’m getting very excited for the White Road. I’m totally in love with Seregil and Alec and their relationship is so sweet and beautiful. I’m not generally a fantasy reader but you’ve hooked me. Thank you for a truly beautiful series.

  • April 6, 2010 at 5:16 am

    inidhil, I believe you are lucky caller #11 and win the signed copy of White Road. Send me your address, please! 🙂

    Previous ten, don’t forget to contact me for your signed bookmarks. Thanks to those who already have.


  • April 6, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Thank you, Pauline, for posting this interview. And thank you, Lynn, for your encouraging words about writing. Sometimes the sheer weight of the ideas, characters, etc., in my head become overwhelming, but the solution is simple: Just write, keep writing and then write some more.

  • April 6, 2010 at 12:31 am

    I find this lj tour fascinating and wonderful. I’ve already bookmarked several of the authors to look into next time I’m in a bookstore, because they all sound good! <3

  • April 6, 2010 at 12:30 am

    I can’t wait until White Road! This was a lovely interview!

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