Interview with Linz Lutz

Who are your favorite authors?
Is saying 'the good ones' not an option? No, okay then, I'll narrow it down. My interests have always been broad to say the least. I grew up as 'that kid with the book'. I was always reading and 'anything fiction' was pretty much my only prerequisite for potential reading material. My taste has improved slightly since grade school and I've grown a bit more discerning (or at least I like to think I have...). My current favorites are Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle, Lindsay Buroker, Megan Whalen Turner, Terry Pratchett, Diana Wynne Jones and Jane Austen. I would add more to the list but I'm sure you're itching to get to the next question at this point.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Tea and the sneaking suspicion that if I don't my alarm clock will keep playing louder and louder and louder. Kidding, kidding, but seriously, that's pretty much it on the practical level. Personal inspiration-wise, every day I wake up knowing something interesting is going to happen somewhere and if I don't crawl out of bed at some point I'm definitely going to miss it. After all, the only thing worse than waking up early is knowing that you've made your own life more boring by oversleeping.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well, the boring answer is that I'm in school right now and academia seems dead set on consuming all of my time and then some. But, you came here for the interesting answer, so I suppose I'd better provide it! I am very involved in nearly all aspects of theatre and as such seem to spend an inordinate amount of time lurking backstage, onstage and in the lobby of various theaters around town. Not to mention renaissance faire in the summer...
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, but my mom sure does! I think she still has it, too. I cringe at the thought. She taught me to write by the time I was four and by age five I was bound and determined to write stories gosh-darn-it! My first piece was a little nonsense tale about my cat Misty. Misty has yet to comment on being the subject of my literary ambitions. I'm sure she was quite pleased by her few moments of celebrity.
Describe your desk
I don't have one. Barbaric of me, right? I carry my laptop everywhere with me and it functions as my desk, notepad, and general repository for all thinks writing-related. The poor thing has survived red-eye flights, countless hours of school, and numerous adventures in baggage claim. I'm waiting for it to send me a polite form letter saying that as much as it has appreciated its time with me but it's decided to run off with the desktop and start a computer-rights-coalition.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. Yes, that is actually part of the United States, no I could not see Russia from my house and I have never owned a pet polar bear named Binky, as much as I would like to. Alaska itself rarely (never) appears in my writing, but the weather in all its majestic glory has given me a healthy respect for nature, an acceptance of forces beyond my control and a stubborn will to keep fighting said forces.
When did you first start writing?
My mom would probably tell you that I have been writing since birth. Even before I learned to read and write I was telling stories and begging other people to participate in them. I suppose I started writing serious, coherent stories at age eight-ish. However, I didn't really write anything considered to be 'good' by people not my family until middle school.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Ah, the origin story of 'Compass and Stiletto'. Well, my best friend T. Hawn (I'm using her author name here) were are the movie theatre one day and that irritating little 'lets all go to the lobby' jingle started to play. Suddenly, out of nowhere these two characters appeared in my mind. They were in an elevator and that jingle (which was stuck in my head for days afterwards) was playing. That little scene (which was unfortunately cut from the final book) snowballed into the characters Arthur and Marianne from 'Compass and Stiletto'. With T. Hawn's help we managed to transform two people, elevator, and a jingle into a full-fledged novel.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing, and theatre too, is all about creation. But beyond that it's the beauty and majesty of playing with ideas beyond you. In the end the characters are not just your words. They are people in their own right and in their own way. I talk about my characters like they were personal friends of mine and I am constantly surprised by the way a plot, once a straight and narrow road, can twist and bend and move beneath the influences of these new, alien personalities. When I write I am forming and participating in something bigger and better than me and in my mind there is nothing more beautiful.
What are you working on next?
After 'Compass and Stiletto' is published I plan on diving into editing my next project. 'Sherlocking' is a novella of a completely different stripe than the more action-oriented 'Compass and Stiletto'. Fed by my love of Conan Doyle's famous detective 'Sherlocking' is my first attempt at a Holmes pastiche. Featuring a female Holmes in a modern setting (Victorian gender roles were cumbersome plot hindrances) this novella is a what-if project for me. 'Sherlocking' should come out early summer 2014.
What do your fans mean to you?
The mere idea that I might have fans makes me more than a little insanely happy. Wait, that sounded incredibly egotistical, let me backtrack. I am the sort of person who gets incredibly passionate about a select few things. Having fans for me means that there are other people out there who share the same passions as I do and that (at the risk of sounding cheesy) fills me with joy.
Published 2014-04-02.
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Books by This Author

Compass and Stiletto
Series: Compass and Stiletto, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 188,600. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Arthur is eccentric, clever, and very deadly. Marianne is sophisticated, sharp-witted, and inventive. Both work alone. Forced to fight together, the two spies have only weeks to stop HIVE, an organization determined to impose survival-of-the-fittest on humanity in the most violent way possible. This might be harder than Arthur and Marianne's commander expected.