Lance Erlick grew up in various parts of the United States and Europe. He took to stories as his anchor and was inspired by his father’s engineering work on cutting-edge aerospace projects to look to the future. He writes speculative fiction, science fiction, dystopian and young adult and likes to explore the future implications of social and technological trends.
What inspires you to write?
I like to explore future implications of social and technological developments and how characters react in challenging circumstances.
Tell us about your writing process.
Ideas come to me when I am not writing, sometimes as a situation or challenge. I sometimes get entire scenes in my head, when I’m driving or sleeping. I pull together those thoughts and then decide if I have an interesting story to tell. If I do, I look for a beginning, climax, and ending. Then I will outline until I have a feel for the story before I sit down to write a draft. Sometimes that outline is very detailed. Sometimes it only has the sketch, depending on how ready I feel. For the outlines I do, I create them in Word and Excel. The later becomes really a timeline so I can keep events and times in line. I do character sketches, but don’t follow any formula. They are basically a mind dump of what I know about the character and are helpful later while writing so I don’t arbitrarily change something important.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I sometimes dream about my characters in which I may talk to them or become them in a scene. Sometimes I ask a character for help with a scene when I get a bit stumped.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write what you are passionate about. I’ve heard said we should write what we know. I think it is more important to write what you want to know more about and research to fill in the blanks. That often carries more of the passion.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After getting several rejections along the lines of, “Love your story, but don’t think I can place in today’s market,” I decided to publish my own. After all, a number of well-known authors started this way.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it is both an exciting and scary time to be a writer. It has never been easier for a writer to get their works out to readers. At the same time, there have never been so many titles available for readers to choose from. That can lead to much angst on the part of writers trying to get noticed. I believe print books will always have their place as well as traditional publishers. I believe the mass market as well as specialty markets will become heavily geared toward self-published authors.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
young adult, science fiction, dystopian, thriller
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print