Jamie Lackey lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and cat. Her fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and the Stoker Award-winning After Death… She’s a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Her short story collection, One Revolution, is available on Amazon.com, and her debut novel, Left Hand Gods, is forthcoming from Hadley Rille Books.
1. How long have you been writing and what got you started?
The first thing I ever wrote was a blatant ripoff of Disney’s Little Mermaid when I was about 6 years old. I don’t remember not wanting to be an author.
2. What is the best piece of advice you have for new writers?
Learn to be resilient, and don’t take rejection personally. And it’s okay to like your own stuff, even when it feels like no one else does.
3. Are there any writing resources, such as books or websites, you’d like to recommend?
Duotrope is super helpful.
4. What is your favorite type of fiction and who are your favorite authors?
Fantasy and science fiction both hold a special place in my heart. My favorite authors include Bruce Coville, Lois McMaster Bujold, Cat Rambo, Peter S. Beagle, and Eugie Foster.
5. What tips do you have for finding time to write?
I tend to do best when I actually schedule time to write.
6. Do you prefer to outline a story in advance or write on the fly? Why?
I do not enjoy outlining, so I avoid it.
7. How do you deal with rejections?
8. What are your writing goals for the next twelve months?
I’m planning to write a second novel. My first one is coming out this summer.
9. For the next five years?
Get a few more novels out there and maybe a couple of short story collections.
10. Is there anything you’d like to plug? Feel free to share a link.
My first novel, Left Hand Gods will be out this summer, and my zombie novella, Moving Forward: A Novella of Life After Zombies should be available in the spring. My short story collection, One Revoultion: A Year of Flash Fiction, is available on Amazon.
More info will be available on my website.