Interview with Leslye Lilker

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I'm not sure which came first: Bonanza stories (in which I was Little Joe) or my 5th grade mystery story called, "It Floats". People were getting killed all over the place and the killer always left the words "It Floats" on the bodies. What floats? Ivory Soap Floats! Dumb but I was only in 5th grade. Anyway, I love to read and so I write what I like to read. I also love words, and love to play on words (AKA puns). I try to see the humor in most situations.
What is your writing process?
Dream it. Outline the dialogue. Start fleshing out the scene. Keep fleshing out the scene until it is visible. Then edit edit edit and then give to my Beta readers to edit some more. But I don't hold myself up as a model writer. This is just what I do. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
See Dick run. See Jane run. See Dick and Jane run. Kindergarten - 4 years old and I never stopped reading after that.
How do you approach cover design?
Prayer.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Anything science fiction, Trek (not the reboot), mysteries, romance with well developed characters, historical fiction. I teach 10th grade English and I love all sorts of books.
What do you read for pleasure?
Lee Child, JD Robb, Faye Kellerman, Dean Koontz, Heinlein, Asimov, Bradbury and on and on and on. I also will read the following in Trek: anything by: DC Fontana, Jacqueline Lichtenbery, Jean Lorrah, Eileen Roy, Trinette Kern, and I notice that Diane Duane (published after I quit writing) likes to tackle the same topics I do: AKA: Vulcans.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a kindle and I often use it, but..... shhhhhh. I have a problem reading electronically. I'm like Sam Cogburn. I like to hold a book in my hand. But don't tell anyone. Promise?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth. I started Sasashar Press in 1975 with a print run of 25 IDIC #1. By the time I quit in 1983 I had a stable circulation of more than 3000 world-wide. The only advertising I did then was in other zines.
Describe your desk
PAPER everywhere except on the part where my computer and printers are.. (Good question).
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on Long Island in the 50-60s. I was a flower child and participated in several civil rights demonstrations. I still will stand up (now that I'm almost 66 it's more like sit down) for what is right. We are all influenced by everything that touches us.
Published 2015-08-15.
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Books by This Author

Loved I Not Honour More
Series: GEMATRIA. You set the price! Words: 13,600. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
This is the first story in the award-winning Sahaj universe and explains how he came to be.
Nothing Fishy Going On Here
Series: GEMATRIA. Price: Free! Words: 21,290. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
This is a new story in the Fan Q award-winning Sahaj Universe series, which started in the fanzine, IDIC #1 (1975-1983).. Revived in 2015, the saga about Spock's son, Sahaj, continues from life as a twelve-year-old, just beginning to settle in to live in his grandparents' home on Vulcan -- about as far a cry as one could get from the way he was brought up. Genre: Fan humor/Vulcans.