Lucy May Lennox Author Bio:
Lucy May Lennox is a connoisseur of novels featuring men with physical disabilities. After growing frustrated with all the cliches, ignorance and stereotypes, she decided to write her own positive take on disability. She also loves immersing herself in earlier historical periods and imagining the lives of people who don’t usually make it into the history books. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest USA with her husband and children.
What inspires you to write?
I've always known I wanted to be a writer, since I was very young. Ideas pop into my head all the time. My characters just sort of arrive on their own. I'm often inspired by what I find lacking in classic literature of earlier ages, and the kinds of people and events which were ignored or viewed with prejudice.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have young children so my only time to write is at night after they go to bed. I try write consistently every day but it doesn't always happen. I don't use any apps or software, just standard word processing. I usually have a basic outline written out in the same document, then slowly fill it in. I take a pretty straightforward approach. I try to visualise each scene in my head as I go, like a movie. And I do many, many revisions and edits. I try to get as many beta readers as I can. Giving feedback to other writer friends has helped me a lot in revising my own work.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Not exactly, but I do feel like they have an independent existence. I think it's easier to write a character who is not me by imagining them as another person and thinking about what they might feel or want.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love well-researched, densely written historical fiction: Patrick O'Brian, Susannah Clarke, Georgette Heyer. My favourite classic novels are Vanity Fair, Tom Jones, Tristram Shandy, Jane Eyre, and Moll Flanders. I prefer to read slowly so I don't keep up with a lot of recent novels. But I read lots of comics, especially web comics. My favourite historical fiction set in Japan are all manga: Ooku the Inner Chambers by Yoshinaga Fumi, Vagabond by Inoue Takehiko, Sakuran by Anno Moyoco, Momo and Manji by Sakura Sawa.
What genres do you write?
How did you choose the genre(s) you write?
I mainly write historical fiction, because I love to think about and research earlier eras and different cultures. I love the fabulous clothes, music and literature of the past. But a lot of classic literature also comes with a big dose of racism, sexism, and ableism, so I enjoy unearthing the real history of marginalized people who have been ignored and giving them a voice.
What three things are on your writing desk at any given moment?
My desk is really tiny so I try to keep it clear of everything but laptop, phone, and tablet. What sadly utilitarian times we live in.
What hobbies do you have when you need a break from writing?
Mainly cooking and baking. I love making everything from scratch. I used to sing opera but haven't had time since I had kids. I hope to go back to it when they are older.
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Audiobook
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