Author Interview: Lindsey S. Frantz
Lindsey S. Frantz is the author of The Upworld Trilogy. She was kind enough to answer a few interview questions so you can get to know her better. She's published several short stories, and her third book is up and coming!
WRITERS LIFE WEDNESDAY
In my blog post about The Wylden by Lindsey S. Frantz, I was so happy to announce the release of her second book in The Upworld Trilogy. While she and I were talking about her newest release, she was kind enough to dedicate some time to a quick interview so you can all get to know her better.
A Brief Interview with Author Lindsey S. Frantz
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I don’t know if I have any quirks, per se, but if I had to pick one thing, I would say it’s how I get hyper-focused on details that probably only matter to me. I tend to pick something—like the name of a character or place—and then decide that it needs a specific, hidden/special meaning. After that, I just fall right down the rabbit hole and spend vast amounts of unnecessary time googling and making lists.
What advice would you give someone who wants to be a better writer?
In my opinion, if you want to be a better writer, you should do a couple of things. First, read the types of books you want to write. You’ll start to get an inherent feel for things like pacing and story development. Second, write every day (or at least regularly). It’s like working a muscle—the more you write, the better it gets. Third, find a group of people (writers or readers) who you trust who can bounce ideas off of and share ideas and drafts with!
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
I did! When I was in high school, I thought the name Lindsey Stockton (my maiden name) was writerly enough, so I decided then I was going write under a pen name—Erilyn Rose. Later I realized I wanted my actual name attached to my writing, but the name Erilyn still made its way into my first book (and subsequent sequel and in-progress-third book) as the protagonist.
When did you first realize words had power?
My parents tell me that I have been writing and telling stories since I could talk. The first one I “wrote” was about a golden unicorn on a hill. My dad was my scribe for that one. I honestly can’t remember a time when stories (reading them and writing them) didn’t fascinate me. I used to love snow days and summer because those were entire, uninterrupted days to read the books on my shelves and write my stories.
If you could meet your characters, what would you say to them?
I think I would ask them if they were happy with the storylines I gave them and ask if there were any other stories they would like for me to write for them. I would also give them each a hug. (Even Morrigan.)
Lindsey's already drafted her third book for The Upworld Trilogy, and it's with her Beta readers. So keep an eye out for book three soon!
Wishing you wonderful reads,