Lindsay Buroker is an indie author who has built quite a large following over the last few years and a personal favorite.
In particular, her Emperor’s Edge (“EE”) book series ( “a little high fantasy, a little steampunk”) has garnered not only numerous wonderful reviews on Amazon and Goodreads but also its own fan art page and Twitter characters (well what do you call them? I think characters from her books started talking to each other and to her on Twitter …).
In any case, Lindsay has also released a number of other novellas, stories and books that take place in the EE world (that’s in addition to the seven books that make up the core of the EE series) and recently published Torrent, the first book in a new urban fantasy series.
Reading the dialogue between Lindsay’s characters in EE is a delight. Her characters are engaging and the plots are always suspenseful.
We had interviewed Lindsay Buroker in June 2012 and recently caught up with her. Lindsay reports that she has finished a draft of a new book in the EE world called Republic and may be releasing it this spring! She was also kind enough to spend a few minutes with us to answer a couple of questions.
NS: Since we last spoke, you have finished seven books in the Emperor’s Edge series, a number of short stories, novellas and other works taking place in the EE world. What gives you continued inspiration for your stories? Is there something you do when you are in search of new ideas? Or do the ideas just come when you write?
LB: I usually have a backlog of ideas I want to explore in new stories. I’ll get inspiration from anything: reading, television, podcasts, Ted talks on YouTube… You never know what little tidbit will pop up and demand to be used in a story.
I keep going back to the Emperor’s Edge world because I keep getting nice emails, tweets, and Facebook messages from people who have enjoyed the characters and want to see more. I will be branching out this year and exploring other parts of the world too, along with some new characters (I’ve already written a trio of prequel novellas set in the enemy nation). But many of the series favorites will continue to make appearances. The next book, Republic, will also set things up so that I could do a whole new series with familiar characters, if there’s an interest.
NS: You have a loyal following of fans that interact with you via social media (e.g., Facebook, your website, Twitter). What do you think of the social media interaction? How do you balance time spent on such interaction vs. time spent on writing your novels?
LB: I think it’s great. It’s a lot of what reminds me that people are enjoying the books and want to see more. Writing is a lonely profession, so it’s fun to be able to pop onto Facebook or Twitter to share a line from the day’s scene, and get a response from those who are waiting for the next book.
The social media stuff doesn’t take up much of my day, so it’s not hard to fit in. I’m more likely to get behind in writing blog posts and answering email, since those activities take me a little longer (probably because I have a hard time writing less than a thousand words… :D).