A while back I wrote a review for L.M. Pierce's Trans Liberty Riot Brigade and, those of you who have read my review, would be aware that I just loved the book's unique voice and brave themes. It's wonderful, as such, to be able to share a few thoughts from the book's author.
1. What is the last novel you read? What's one feature of the book that really stood out for you?
The most recent book I read was Dali by EM Hamill - it was absolutely stunning. I'm not a huge romance reader, but this book had some steamy elements that I loved. It struck a perfect balance of being sexy without overly awkward (no "heaving bosoms" in these scenes!) The voice is also amazing, coupled with a really great story line. Also - can we talk about CHANGELING GENDER? Yes, PLEASE. Seriously, read it :)
2. Thinking about your recent release Trans Liberty Riot Brigade, what's one aspect of the book you feel really proud of?
One aspect of Brigade that I'm really proud of is the voice of Andi. It's not everyone's cup of tea and some readers struggled with the slang, but it's absolutely my favorite part. The challenge and the sheer joy I have channeling Andi's spirit, creativity, and razor tongue, are aspects I am glad I stayed with and cultivated.
3. Cats or dogs?
I have two cats and two dogs. Staring at me. Waiting for my answer... *sweats* Uhhh, I'm an equal opportunity fuzz-butt lover!
4. How do you choose your character names when writing fiction?
I use a divining rod and Ouija board. Heh, I might as well though, as they really just "come" to me. Elenbar isn't exactly a name you'll find in a baby book. There are a couple names inspired by real world sources, but a lot of them just generated naturally as I wrote them.
5. Please tell us a little about your process for writing TLRB. How long did it take? Do you plan everything out before starting?
I am a total pantser. I'm having more method to books 2 and 3 because I'm worried I'll drop important plot points otherwise, but my writing form is true pantser. I started writing Brigade during NaNo in 2015, finished it after a summer writing conference in 2016, and then it underwent several rounds of revision. All in all, I probably spent a total of 5 months writing and revising. The writing part was relatively fast because Andi waits for no writer and basically screamed in my metaphorical ear until I got the story on the page.
6. Star Wars or Star Trek?
Good lord, BOTH. Star Trek NG and Voyager for sure ,and I love all the Star Wars movies that count (don't you dare speak of the three monstrosities I've tried so hard to forget). Making people choose is mean.
Fair enough! I can understand that :)
7. If you could send your teenage self a 140-character-or-less message, what would it be?
You count and your life is going to kick SO MUCH ASS, you don't even know! Keep your journals, you'll need them.
8. Thanks so much for your time! I really appreciate you sharing your thoughts. How can people buy your book? Which, for the record, is excellent. I've read it!
Aww, thanks! You can pick up my ebook from NineStar Press (www.ninestarpress.com) and my print book from Amazon! I hope you all enjoy Andi's journey thus far.
Thank you so much Rebecca for your time!