Interview with Lesley L. Smith

What are your five favorite books, and why?
I only get to pick five? :) I love To_Say_Nothing_Of_The_Dog by Connie Willis because she's such a great storyteller with a great voice. (Really I love anything she writes.) I love In_the_Garden_of_Iden by Kage Baker because it's such an awesome epic adventure. I love Dead_Until_Dark by Charlaine Harris because...I guess I really like the main character Sookie Stackhouse; she keeps going despite all her challenges. I love This_Shared_Dream by Kathleen Ann Goonan because somehow she transports me to wonderful special world--it's this world but different. I love Godplayers by Damien Broderick because it throws the reader into the fray immediately and it has so many neat physics/math ideas.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot. My favorites are all kinds of science fiction and urban fantasy. I also read some mystery, horror, epic fantasy, romance, best-sellers. Really, I love reading.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Quantum_Murder is the second book in the quantum cop series, starring physicist Madison Martin. If we follow some of the ideas of quantum mechanics to their logical conclusion, why wouldn't we be able to control reality using quantum physics? And then, of course, if power corrupts can murder be far behind?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
We are living in such an exciting time! There are so many new opportunities for authors. Furthermore, there are so few barriers between authors and readers. I'm thrilled to have the chance to interact with readers as an indie author.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is key to my success. I'm grateful it has enabled my work to reach readers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love creating new friends via my keyboard and my imagination. The creative process itself can get a little addictive.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm very grateful for fans. Humans create the world together. The real world is an amalgam of all of us, our hopes and dreams, actions and constructs. This is even more true when it comes to fictional worlds; it takes readers and authors to create them.
What are you working on next?
I am working on my most epic story yet: Kat_Cubed. It's set on twenty-second century Earth and involves three different versions of the same woman. Let's just say when they meet hijinks ensue and the multiverse is endangered.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have a lot of favorite authors. Some were favorites of my childhood such as Is
aac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, C.S. Lewis. Some are mainstream favorites such as J
anet Evanovich and Anna Quindlen. Favorite authors I reread a lot include Connie
Willis, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
By day, I'm a scientist, so my job does take quite a bit of time.
When I'm not writing, in my free time, I'm usually reading. :)
Published 2016-07-01.
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Books by This Author

Reality Romance
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,080. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
When physicist Chloe Carsen goes on a first date with nice-guy Aidan Phillipson everything that could go wrong, does go wrong... So, why does it all feel so right?
Quantum Solstice
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,010. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
On the summer solstice physicist Madison Martin hopes to enjoy A Midsummer Night's Dream but a medical emergency interrupts the fun. She must try to use her quantum powers to get the sick woman to the hospital before it's too late. Will she succeed?
Elementary Particle Physics for Regular People: The Basics
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,650. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Physics, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Physics / Quantum Theory
Have you ever wondered what the heck elementary particle physics is? Here, I'll give you a basic overview of what it is and what mysteries remain.
A Jack in the Dark
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 84,000. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Interstellar singer spy Jack Jones is kidnapped! Armed only with his stunning good looks, amazing charm, superlative secret agent instincts and a special skill that seems to be on the fritz, Jack must get to the heart of the greatest unsolved mystery in the galaxy...even if it kills him.
Lady Luck
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,170. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Fresh off her cancer-curing success, quantum computer expert Ella Hote trips over a homeless woman. Will she be tempted to use her special computer to help her?
Return of the Cientifico
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,710. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
After saving the multiverse, Kaitlin Garcia is on house arrest--but enough is enough! Can she finally clear her name and win her freedom?
Jackpot
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,510. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Interstellar singer spy Jack Jones uncovers a nefarious bomb plot on planet Faspuayama. Can he protect an A.I., prevent murders and stop a civil war all in time to save The Shakespeare's performance of Cats?
Vixen Alternatives
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,230. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Physicist Chloe Phillipson uses her anti-gravity power to help save Christmas.
Temporal Turkey
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,110. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Time traveler Kairi Djaru is nervous about meeting her boyfriend's parents at Thanksgiving dinner. Things seem to be going pretty until ...someone dies.
Quantum Tricks and Treats
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,580. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Physicist Madison Martin faces off against some quantum criminals to try to save Halloween.
The Imperio Strikes Back
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,290. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
After helping to overthrow her oppressive government, Katherine Garcia is enjoying a coffee with her new boyfriend when they're attacked with ray guns. Their lives and the future of the brand-new democracy are at risk. Can they defeat the bad guys to save their lives and democracy?
Vacation Alternatives
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,840. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
When Physicist Chloe Phillipson tries to go on vacation with her family, their past catches up to them.
Temporal Independence
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,950. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
When the Fourth of July celebration explodes, time traveler Kairi Djaru has to try to save the day. Can she save the thousands of people put in danger?
Conservation of Luck
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 84,700. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Brilliant young computer scientist Ella Hote doesn't believe in luck until she invents a quantum computer that makes even the longest of long shots pay off. Unfortunately, for every stroke of good luck, someone else pays the price in bad luck. Ultimately, when lives are on the line, how far will she go?
Quantum Cinco de Mayo
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,960. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Physicist Madison Martin fights quantum criminals in Liquor Universe to save the Cinco de Mayo party.
A Jack By Any Other Name
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 85,270. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » General
When interstellar singer spy Jack Jones has to solve his own murder on The Shakespeare his clone body loses thirty years of memories, and then it starts experiencing strange urges and abilities. As he investigates he discovers space pirates and a secret faster-than-light drive, which could push the galaxy into war. He would solve the mystery and save the day--if only he could remember how.
A New Esperanza
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,310. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Kat Garcia is relieved to be back on her home world, but when she moves into a new town, things are not as rosy as they first appear...
Temporal Romance
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,210. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
When Kairi Djaru discovers the love of her life she can't resist tampering with the timeline to have the perfect date. What could possibly go wrong?
Quantum Christmas
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,300. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
When the donations are stolen physicist Madison Martin tries to use her quantum powers to recover the gifts and save Christmas. Will she succeed?
Valentine's Alternatives
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,960. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Physicist Chloe Phillipson has a dark matter accident and gets a superpower which her sons inherit. When she and her husband plan a romantic getaway at the same time as her oldest son's first boy girl party, what could possibly go wrong?
Kat Cubed
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 113,190. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » General
In Kat Garcia's world the sun is hot enough to kill and she works hard to keep her friends safe. In Kaitlin Garcia's world the Unified States is constantly bombarded by severe storms and she tries to fix climate change. In Katherine Garcia's world the government is all powerful. When Katherine's fusion experiment opens portals, the three Kats must work together to try to save all the universes.
Quantum Murder
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 93,250. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Physicist and Quantum Cop Madison Martin knows it's her responsibility to bring a quantum killer to justice. As the q-crimes increase, she worries that reality itself if a goner. Can she take down the q-criminal before it's too late?
Reality Alternatives
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 93,960. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
When lonely physicist Chloe Carsen discovers a parallel world she becomes addicted to her life there with a perfect family and a perfect career. Chloe is torn away from them as her real-world brother finds her on the verge of death and destroys her equipment. Heartbroken and torn between two worlds, Chloe pushes her scientific expertise to the limit to find a way to reconcile her two lives.
The Quantum Cop
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 87,130. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
When physics professor Madison Martin is smashed by a car, her quantum expertise and survival instinct enable her to rewrite reality and save her life. She's freaked about what happened but, luckily, the hot physicist from the office next door volunteers to help her decipher what the hell just happened. Everything seems lost when the nature of reality is endangered. Can she save the world?
Temporal Dreams
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 108,280. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
What if Dreamtime is real? In Boulder, Colorado college student and former foster-kid Kairi Johnson discovers she can time-travel but it's not as simple as it first appears. In Sydney, Australia twenty-five-year-old Kyle Barada inherits his clan's Time Travel business. All seems lost until he tracks down missing clan member, Kairi. Can they save everyone they love by working together?