Interview with Lea Tassie

When did you first start writing?
In high school, where I wrote heart-rending poetry about being a lonely wanderer in a cruel, cold world.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I do not like anybody messing with my stuff. Criticism and advice are fine; I listen to those. But I want the final say on content and cover.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Learning. I write to find out what I think about things. I research to find out what other people think.
What do your fans mean to you?
They inspire me to keep going. I really appreciate the nagging.
What are you working on next?
A science fiction series called Green Blood. Or is it fantasy? Perhaps speculative? The boundaries are so blurred that I'm not sure. But it's about an apocalypse and what happens next.
Who are your favorite authors?
J.R.R. Tolkien, Ursula LeGuin, Sheri S. Tepper, Charles de Lint, David Eddings, James Tiptree, Jr., And me, of course.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Hunger. But once I've had my porridge, I'm impelled to the keyboard to write down all the things I learned about my characters during that horizontal time between the alarm going off and the trek to the kitchen and oatmeal.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, sleeping and playing a savagely competitive game of duplicate bridge.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
By stumbling across favorable comments, usually in blogs, or looking for authors I've already read and liked. There are millions of books and I have too little time. I don't take many risks.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The paper was lined, the ink was green, and it was about fairies and foxtail. The rest is shrouded in the mists of time.
What is your writing process?
I write, then rewrite and rewrite and rewrite. Is there another way?
How do you approach cover design?
Cautiously. I aim for simplicity, impact and mood. I use my own photographs when I can.
What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction and non-fiction.
Describe your desk
Solid oak, three drawers, three shelves. Oh, you want to know what's on it? An iMac, an empty coffee mug, a pink hematite turtle that reminds me writing a book is a slow process. And pens, piles of paper. Grocery lists. You know.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
On an isolated homestead in northern British Columbia. I don't know that it influenced my writing, but it certainly made me read a lot. In winter, there wasn't much else to do. I must have plowed through half of Agatha Christie and Erle Stanley Gardner by the time I was into my teens.
Do you have any big wishes?
More time, more energy, more readers.
Published 2013-09-04.
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Red Blood Falling
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