About Lindsay Edmunds:
Lindsay Edmunds lives a quiet normal life in southwestern Pennsylvania after more than twenty interesting years in Washington, D.C. In 1988 she acquired a used Mac Plus, MacWrite, MacPaint, and a dot-matrix printer. These things changed her life.
Speculative fiction, literary fiction, magical realism, spirituality, social commentary, humor, alternative history, coming of age—all those labels apply to her writing, sometimes simultaneously. She writes the kind of stories she likes to read: tales that mix it up, that show a lot of colors.
Her highest ambition is that her stories be true “in the way that stories are true,” to quote Nancy Willard, who wrote the wonderful novel Things Invisible to See.
She believes that everybody has stories to tell. If you doubt it, get someone talking about their job. It doesn’t matter what kind of job it is. You will hear tales of intrigue, heroics, deviltry, and lessons learned. People will talk with great insight about their experiences and in doing so, will tell you about themselves.
Everybody sees a lot. Everybody knows a lot.
What inspires you to write?
Writing brings out the best in me.
Tell us about your writing process.
Last year I started using Scrivener to make notes on stories before I write them. I am much more of an outliner than I used to be, but even with the best pre-planning, I don’t know everything about where a story wants to go.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
A lot of writers do this, but I honestly don’t. Sometimes I get stuck — I can’t see any good way forward. Almost always, the problem is that I want the storyline to go in some direction that is wrong for a character. So in that sense, my characters talk to me.
What advice would you give other writers?
Be prepared: writing and self-publishing require an excess of virtue. You need to be committed, hard working, patient, thick-skinned, gracious, willing to spend long hours doing research, and willing and able to spend money (eg, on professional editing). There might or might not be a financial reward for doing all of those things. All that, and you need talent, too.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish in 2011 after getting an agent for my first novel, CEL & ANNA. She was a good agent but couldn’t sell the book. Self-publishing has enabled many good things that never would have occurred otherwise.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’m in no position to comment on such a big question. I wonder, though, about the future of readers. I am one myself, and I am burning out from too much choice.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: speculative fiction, science fiction, literary fiction, women’s fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print