Name Lindsey Richardson
Where are you from
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
Hello! I am a fantasy author who lives in Maryland with my husband and our three cats. Both traditionally and self published. My four published books are part of the Magicians series (published under my maiden name: Sablowski). I work full time for an insurance company and write in my free time.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I am currently in the process of finishing the rewrites for my newest and upcoming book, Clara and Claire. I’m hoping for a release in 2017!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, but specifically I started writing to publish my work at the age of 12. I thought if I can write why not share it with the world? The novel I wrote at 12 never was accepted by a publisher, but at 18 I finally had a success with my second novel, Cursed With Power.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
At 12 when I knew I wanted to pursue the career.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My love for literary work. I loved reading and writing. At first I started with short stories, and then finally it developed into full length novels. A lot of my work was left “on the shelf,” never finished but always there for if I ever wanted to return to it. I was inspired by authors who had made a difference with their writing simply by writing stories close to their heart.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I usually prefer to write in first person; it allows me to connect closer with the characters and feel more involved in the story. From time to time it differs, especially depending on what I write.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Here’s the brief version for each of my books…
Cursed With Power —inspired because of Celestria’s magic and how she felt towards it
Shadows and Embers —because of how Nicia felt society viewed her type of magic
Thicker Than Blood —Alaire’s belief that maybe blood isn’t thicker than water
Bloodline Inheritance —the realization that we cannot run away from who and what we are. Sometimes were born with it, sometimes it’s forced upon us, and we have to make the most out of it
Clara and Claire —wanted to keep it simple but also bring attention to the main characters
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
For the entire Magicians series I wanted to open readers’ minds up to the idea that magic (and the world in general) is not simply black and white. It’s not always easy for us to determine a clear antagonist and protagonist. I wanted readers to be able to chose for themselves.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The Magicians series is fantasy with historical fiction. I based the places, religion, and some other aspects on what really happened during that time period. Some events and people were lightly inspired by people and events from my own life, but overall I had fun with creating a world and people entirely fictional.
This also holds true for my upcoming book, Clara and Claire. No one person or place is based on anything specific. With this book I dove deeper into the fictional world and also focused more on the mystery aspect of the story.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
A lot of books have influenced me; I don’t think I could point out just one. As for mentors, I really looked up to successful authors. Their stories of rejection inspired and motivated me. Their wisdom with the publishing process helped me, and though I don’t know them personally I was able to connect with them because of their stories.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have a lot of favorites, but I can point out two specifically who really stood out to me. John Green for his different writing style and conveying emotions in a story so well. And Tamora Pierce for her magic series that focused on different aspects of magic. She was one of many that convinced me I wanted to write in the fantasy genre.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My husband, though now he considered my family, supported me since day one (while we were dating). He’s been with me through everything, and he honestly deserves all the credit for supporting me, even when others did not believe I could do it.
Also the writing community. I had my work on Inkpop and Wattpad before it was published. Aspiring writers and just readers in general have always supported my work and motivated me to never give up.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I consider writing as my career, even though I can’t (presently) do it full time. I work on my books every single day and plan to for the rest of my life.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I probably would have focused less on setting deadlines for myself (and sticking to them). Sometimes it became really overwhelming, and especially with self publishing, I’ve learned it’s better to spend as much time as you can and not rush.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
From writing short stories and then wondering what it would be like to write a full novel and have it published.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Currently I’m preparing Clara and Claire for publication. It’s a fantasy novel with a focus on mystery. Claire is the narrator, telling us the story of Claire Kanelos’s disappearance.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The most challenging part of writing is definitely editing. I just recently finished editing, and it is hands down the toughest part. Writing can be challenging some days, but it’s easy to always get back into the beat. Editing is a whole different story. It requires patience, time, and a lot of energy. It can wear you out and isn’t at all pleasant.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
The only time I travel is for book signings. I’ve been to PA and VA, but for the most part I stay in MD.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Cursed With Power —designed by an artist at Old Line Publishing
Shadows and Embers —from goonwrite.com
Thicker Than Blood —Alivia Anders
Bloodline Inheritance —paper and sage designs
Clara and Claire —Alivia Anders
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part in terms of writing any of my books is always the beginning and the end. It’s the most important part of a book, and it’s always the part that changes the most during edits and rewriting.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned the most from the Magicians series. I was so young when I started the series, and so much happens over the span of four years. I grew with the characters, matured with them, and also learned valuable lessons with them. Ever since my second book, Shadow and Embers, I’ve been self publishing my books. I’ve learned who to market, edit, rewrite, and much more all on my own. It’s not easy work, but it’s necessary to get the job done.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Never let rejection or age stop you. Age does not affect your writing. You can write a book at any age, during any time of your life. And rejections will only make you stronger. Use them to strengthen your work and motivate you to pursue your dreams. No one can write the book in your head except for you.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you so much for your endless support. You are the reason I continue to write each and every day. I cannot wait to share Clara and Claire with you, and in the meantime thank you for your patience!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My husband tells me I’m an easy person to make laugh. As for crying, it depends on the situation.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Game of Thrones, Once Upon a Time, Black Sails, Outlander.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Pizza, mac and cheese, caesar salad
favorite color: blue
music: really anything country and rock especially
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Be an editor or ghostwriter
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?