Interview with AmyBeth Inverness

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Stories germinate and grow in my head, unbidden and often at inopportune moments. Writing, for me, gives these stories life and, more importantly, gets them out of my brain!
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are my biggest source of support. With my SciFi stories, I often have questions such as "Is this possible?" or "Would it work this way?" regarding engineering and science.

I started posting my SciFi Question of the Day on social media as a way to get this input, then it grew into something larger. Some questions are just for fun, but I'm often surprised by an answer that is so far out of my own experience that I never would have thought of it on my own. And frequently, the answers I see (from the scientists, the engineers, the students, and those who simply love the genre) inspire another story or scene.
What are you working on next?
I add to THE CITIES OF LUNA whenever the moon is full. I release a new book in LILLIE LANE about once a year. I also have several series in development, which you can read about on my website at
Who are your favorite authors?
Robert Heinlein's works have always fascinated me. He creates entire societies that are more than extrapolations of twentieth-century life; even the human worlds can feel at once strange and familiar.
Tiffany Reisz not only writes incredibly steamy stuff, but she somehow creates characters that I somehow identify with even though we have almost nothing in common.
John DeChancie writes some of the most entertaining Spec Fic out there. I will always be on the lookout for the off chance that a stray portal will take me to Castle Perilous.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The idea that I have a few brief hours to try to accomplish all I want to do. I tend to take on too much, and it is very difficult for me to say "no" when a shiny new project that fits right in with something I want to accomplish pops up.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Not writing?

Thinking about writing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
As an author, I have so many connections in the writing world that my TBR list is longer than I'll be able to finish in one lifetime. I don't have to look for books. They find me!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was called "The Incredible Parrot" and I wrote it as a Christmas present for my teacher! I still have a copy somewhere, I think...
What is your writing process?
I write the first draft with the door closed. My hubby is very understanding that, sometimes, I need to babble about something to him, but all I'm doing is working it out in my own mind. I don't actually want his input. Especially since his advice is usually "You need to have an epic space battle!"

Preferably, I let the story sit for at least a few days, preferably longer, then I do the first revision by myself. After that, it usually goes to an editor or beta readers. We'll do as many revisions as necessary, or even rewrite the entire thing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember. Reading has simply always been a major part of everyday life, starting with my parents reading to me and transitioning to me reading on my own.

I do remember the first chapter books I got hooked on... The Bobbsey Twins! We had the entire series in hardcover. I'm not a big mystery fan today, but I loved those stories!
How do you approach cover design?
There are several professional artists who do cover work that I would love to work with someday. For the short stories in THE CITIES OF LUNA, however, we went with a simplified, almost logo-like design. The setting is exactly the same for all of them... a room with a window looking at Earth in the distance. The only changes we make each month are the colors, and the silhouettes that represent the characters.
Published 2016-07-05.
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Books by This Author

Taco Tuesday
Series: The Cities of Luna, Book 20. Price: Free! Words: 4,170. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(3.00 from 1 review)
Eddie is amped up to film a commercial on the moon. One of his sponsors, a major taco chain, has designed an entire ad campaign around him riding his BMX bike in and out of some giant craters. The low gravity allows him to do some pretty terrific stunts, but sticking the landing isn’t as easy as one might think.
The Squirrels Are Back in the Attic
Series: The Cities of Luna, Book 19. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,750. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Homer would sooner believe in ghosts than admit that there are squirrels on the moon, much less hiding in his attic. But when strange things keep happening, he may have to admit his wife was right.
Sheepless in Seattle
Series: The Cities of Luna, Book 18. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,410. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
It took a lot of complicated and expensive work to import a dozen sheep to Luna, but Doc would do anything to make his Welsh wifey happy. Now, if he can just figure out where the sheep have lost themselves...
Monkey Princess
Series: The Cities of Luna, Book 17. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,670. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Kwadwo always tries to pack in as much family time as he can when he’s home, since he spends days at a time at his bakery up on Shark’s Head Station. When his little princess tells him she’d rather spend her sixteenth birthday with him than with her friends, he realizes his kids miss him even more than he misses them.
Moon Dragons
Series: The Cities of Luna, Book 11. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,970. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Uncle Dave has faithfully carried on his father’s storytelling tradition, spinning tales of the dragons that live in the crevasses and caverns around the lunar city of Arrakeen. Then an odd encounter makes him wonder if perhaps there is a grain of truth behind the stories after all.
Pastor Pastornack's Sabbatical
Series: The Cities of Luna, Book 10. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,710. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The only way Pastor Pastornack is able to convince her congregation that she will truly be unavailable during her sabbatical is to leave Earth completely. Pastor Pastornack looks up at the big blue marble that is her home and strives to find an identity that is not defined by her relationship to someone else.
Robbing the Hood
Series: The Cities of Luna, Book 9. Price: Free! Words: 1,470. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Eireann has been hired to find out why her wealthy client’s air intake isn’t as strong as it should be. When she finds the real problem, the fix she comes up with isn’t one that will please the customer.
My Weird, Beige, Foreign Neighbors
Series: The Cities of Luna, Book 8. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,820. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Living in Old Town Sinus Medii, Simon is used to the idiosyncrasies of systems that are more than a hundred years old. But when a new delicatessen moves in next door, the odors that come through their shared air system into his tailor shop threaten to make him close his business. He wants to be a good neighbor, but he has to do something about the noxious fumes before he loses all his clients.
Between the Moon and New York City
Series: The Cities of Luna, Book 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,860. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Atuf spends his career commuting between Earth and the Moon every few months. When he finds himself stuck on a space station, unable to get to NYC because of a transit strike, he might just fall in love. Or adopt a cat. Or both.
Sleigh Ride
Series: The Cities of Luna, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,030. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Fredrick is used to traveling all over the moon for business, but when he’s held up at the Lunar North Pole right before Christmas, he might have to find a more creative form of transportation in order to get home on time.
Schrodinger's Cookies
Series: The Cities of Luna, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 2,900. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Pico is not happy about the changes in her life. First, a new baby brother appears out of nowhere, then her grandmother from Earth comes to live with them. At least Gramma-dinger comes with cookies. Unless that’s not what’s in the blue tin…
The Riverboat
Series: The Cities of Luna, Book 16. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,570. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Tina is fed up with the city, escaping to life on a riverboat that crawls around the moon’s equator, following the sun. A fresh perspective and a little romance might show her there’s a good side to the city after all.
The Day Lorinda Flew
Series: The Cities of Luna, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,840. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Etta Jane is convinced that chickens only forgot how to fly. Now that they live in the lighter gravity of the moon, she is determined to teach them.
One Does Not Simply Walk Into Mordor
Series: The Cities of Luna, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,470. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Varun should know better than to trust any plan his big sister Usha concocts, but when the plot involves a beautiful girl he has a crush on, he goes against his better judgement and joins a group of their friends for a Diwali party in an empty warehouse out on the regolith.
Faceplanting is Always an Option
Series: The Cities of Luna, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,600. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
MaggieJo could have hired a stranger to help her with her physical therapy after losing her legs in a construction accident, but instead she hires her step-sister who used to babysit her. Unfortunately, Becca’s methods of support and encouragement include the reassurance that faceplanting is always an option, and MaggieJo realizes her recovery will not be as comfortable as she wished.
Series: The Cities of Luna, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,680. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Sharing a birthday not only with each other but the founding of the lunar colonies themselves, Moriel and Kellan are resigned to being minor celebrities for the centennial celebrations. But the friendship that has lasted a century is sorely tested when old jealousies arise.
Moon Ninja
Series: The Cities of Luna, Book 15. Price: Free! Words: 1,280. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Dan just wants to finish the job tasks that brought him and his partner out onto the lunar regolith, but LeRoy is determined to make their workday more...interesting.
Hippie Freaks
Series: The Cities of Luna, Book 14. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,320. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Catharine embraces her lot in life, living in Luna's most utilitarian city with little hope of ever having anything more. She is nothing like the Hippie Freaks who share her neighborhood, eating and sleeping whenever the mood strikes them and daring to be happy when they obviously don't have anything to be happy about. But for the love of a starving artist, her life might soon turn upside-down.
Series: The Cities of Luna, Book 13. Price: Free! Words: 2,410. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Retirement on Luna seems so far from Mexico City, but for Juaquin the move will be well worth it if it means his wife Gracie won't have to spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair.
Series: The Cities of Luna, Book 12. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,980. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Feisal is determined that the disease that has attacked his spine will not signal the end of his professional baseball career. Surgery and rehabilitation in the low gravity of Earth's moon may be his only hope.
The House on Paladin Court
Series: Lillie Lane. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 27,270. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Martha, Jonah, and Grandpa Donald have lived in the old farmhouse on Paladin Court far longer than anyone can remember. Little do their neighbors know just how long they’ve lived there, or what is imprisoned in their basement.