Interview with A. Lee Pendragon

What do you read for pleasure?
Anything Scifi/fantasy, the more creative and outside the standard box the better. There's so much room to be creative in Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the authors that change up the norm are the best. I hope to emulate them and step out of that standard box myself.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the FIRST story, but I remember reading The Hobbit when I was maybe seven? I DEVOURED it. My uncle even broke out the old betamax cartoon movie, then the Lord of the Rings cartoon as well in all it's 1970's glory. I don't know what it was, and I know a MILLION authors were inspired by Tolkien before me, but it remains the story that made me want to write and create.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an old Nook Color that I simply love. It's heavier than the new stuff, but it's reliable and durable. I've dropped the poor thing so many times, and it just keeps ticking.
Describe your desk
Desk might be overstating it a little. I have a laptop and write primarily from a corner of my sofa. It's comfortable.
When did you first start writing?
I was ten the first time I wrote a story of my own making down on paper. I painstakingly typed it up and still have it to this day.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like the control I have over my content. I am not 'mainstream' and while big publishers are starting to branch out, I like writing more diverse characters than I'm seeing come out of the big publishing houses. Plus, art. I have a WONDERFUL twin who is an amazing artist and enjoys contributing to my stories with pictures they inspire. I'm the luckiest writer in all creation. If I opted not to self-publish, I doubt I'd be able to include those works with my words. That alone is enough to bring me to indie publishing.
What are you working on next?
I'm going to go more Scifi next and rather than a small collection of short stories, make a longer novel. I've had one particular idea for Earth's future lodged in my head for a while now. It's time to get on that.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That possibility that I'll touch just one other person with my creation. That's powerful and humbling, and very addictive.
What is your writing process?
I like to make short scene summaries just as a road map of whatever the idea is. I'm much more an architect sort of writer than a gardener. Then it's write, write, write, let it sit a while, edit, edit some more. That sounds so boring the way I describe it, but I enjoy the heck out of the process as well as that sense of pride when I complete a new story.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! It's amazing and humbling, and some of the comments I've received over the years have been so inspiring and touching. I could write a million books and never share them, but the heartwarming feeling from having a reader say I touched their heart in some way with my words is just... awe-inspiring and really keeps me going when the words don't want to flow.
Published 2016-10-09.
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Books by This Author

Selected Short Stories
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 41,280. Language: American English. Published: October 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Read about Mermaids, Djinn, Witches, and Dragons in this collection of short stories. Explore unlikely friendships, and even more unlikely love stories. Enjoy a twist on a classic fairy-tale, and join a Damsel in Distress as she pulls on the mantel of Hero- or, the magick ring of one at least.