Interview with Lyn Gala

What do your fans mean to you?
I never saw myself as a writer until I published (with great fear) my first fanfic, and Shakatany compared me to Athena appearing out of nowhere with a completed full length fanfic novel. Every step of my writing career has been supported and fueled by fans who wanted to share my worlds--who supported me and cheered my characters on. Without the fans, none of these worlds would exist.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love creating worlds. I want to explore ideas and science fiction allows me to take all the jigsaw pieces of the world and rearrange them in new ways. It gives me a whole universe of "what if" to play in.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a more traditional romance. It's still two guys, but this time you have the damaged royal (a minor count whose uncle is the king) who is trying to recover from addiction, and the closeted American football player who wants a wife who can open doors to social respectability. I'm also working on new Claimings book.
Who are your favorite authors?
I worship CJ Cherryh's ability to create worlds. I love Poe's sense of the macabre and his ability to create emotion. I love Shakespeare's characters and conflicts. I grew up mainlining Anne McCaffrey like a hard-core drug. Heinlein was my best friend. Steinbeck has broken my heart so many times that I don't know where all the pieces are. Truman Capote is a god of words, and I hid In Cold Blood under my mattress. I have bought everything David Sedaris has published since he did an interview on NPR and talked about be a cranky elf. Margaret Atwood made me question myself and my world. I really could go on for hours, but I think I will draw an arbitrary line here, although I could list hundreds more.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Some days--nothing. I'll be honest about that. However, most days my family, both the human sort and my furbabies, are enough to do it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend a lot of time training a dog I adopted from a neglectful coworker. He is a BIG boy and a handful, but he's turning into the bestest dog in the world, and I plan to rub it in when I see the person who abandoned him as too much work.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up moving around a lot, but we spent a lot of time in the south. I think that there's a respect for language in the south. Sure, people say "shiiiit" a lot and pronounce words strangely, but a well-turned metaphor or a vividly specific threat earns you a level of respect in the south. Kids don't just threaten each other--they threaten to dump the body in the pig sty and let the pigs gnaw on the bones. I think the reputation the south has for creating writers is earned by every terrifying specific schoolyard taunt.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
My online friends and community always have great recommendations for ebooks, so I tend to trust their opinions when it comes to discovering new authors or new ebooks.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I have been writing my own stories in the margins of my books since I was a young child. My parents have report cards from first and second grade where teachers complained that I lived in my own world and couldn't focus on classwork, so stories have always been part of my inner life
What is your writing process?
When I can figure this out, I'll share. Every book comes from a different place and travels a different path into the world--some fast and some slow.
Describe your desk
I spent a big chunk of money and bought a Veridesk--a sit stand desk. So I have a black monster that sits on a countertop a friend installed along one wall of my bedroom. It makes a nice long desk, and I have the ability to write when I'm standing, which is great when I spent hours in front of the screen.
Published 2018-02-18.
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Books by This Author

Claimings, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts
Series: Claimings. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,110. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Liam has hidden his heart and his pain, but on the alien Rownt world, he's come up against his biggest fear: another soul who refuses to walk away. Ondry knows he can overcome incompatible cultures and genitalia if Liam will only give him a chance.