Name Meraki P. Lyhne
Where are you from Denmark
I’m a gay trans man. I have a son (who I gave birth to), dogs and cats and birds. I live in a very small village, and I love it. I’m a smith by trade, but I’ve furthered my academic education since then. I love learning new stuff.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Things are working rather fast at the moment. I just published Blood of the Past on March 10th (eXtasy Books). It’s the fifth book in the Chronicles of an Earned series. In about a week, I’ll self publishing Rising Beauty, which is the third in the Cubi series.
They’re two very different series. The first is a series that leaves the readers with a lot to think about. The second is a play world because I wanted to take the steamy sex up a notch. And I wanted to see if sex could be a plot point.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Back in High School. I’ve always had a vivid imagination, but I never knew what to do with it. I let my teacher read my first short story, and he came back telling me to keep writing. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him that impressed with anything I did.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I got my first paperback in hand.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Too many things rattling around in my head. I wanted to find heads and tails of the story. I wanted to entertain.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I like the focus to be on character development. I also think the world I write in is a character, and I spend a lot of time world building.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Titles can be a headache. Sometimes, I leave them until I’m done. Other times, inspiration kicks in and I sit down with a pen and paper and jot down title after title. Sometimes whole plotlines fall into place when coming up with titles. I put down general feels first that has to do with the book. Then I play around with them until I have about three or four. Then I have my son pick one.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Depends on the series. The Chronicles is built from my musing on whether or not dualism is the right theory. Other than having a riveting story about millionaire pickpocket and his love affair with a demigod, it holds action, love, humor, deep thoughts, esoteric musings and such. It can be read on many levels, but I do hope it leaves my readers with musings on their own about the world they live in and life in general.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Absolutely nothing! One character is physically based on my old art teacher to honor him. But that’s it. And I sometimes take a joke that happened among my friends and twist it to fit my worlds. But other than that, nothing is based on people or events.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Nicholas Bella’s New Haven series and Charlie Cochet’s THIRDS series both opened my eyes to something new.
As for mentor. A few authors in Denmark took me under their wing back in 2005 and decided I was ambitious enough to train in the craft of writing.
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?
Well, other than Danish books, I’ll stick to English and MM. Mostly because that’s what I read most of now. Nicolas Bella and Charlie Cochet, as mentioned. Bella doesn’t hold back, and graphics are his forte. Cochet masters world building and humor. Jex Lane (Beautiful Monsters) masters the really rough and edgy angst and despair, yet she manages to balance it somehow. And Jordan Castillo Price, I love her ability to make wonky, awkward, and dislikable characters lovable.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Entity? Louise Bentholm, my most geeky friend in the whole world. We met in a cafeteria at the gymnasium we both attended. I’m almost old enough to be her parent, if I was out way too early, but we clicked. Over the first book I ever published, actually. When I was still playing around with it, and didn’t even know that there was an MM market out there. I just wrote the book on a challenge. Her excitement grew into her becoming my test reader, and now she’s one of my best and most supportive friends. Her age means she kicks it perfectly with my son (who’se a geek, too), and the three of us can clearly mark off a weekend as no-adulting zone.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes! A career I’m still working on making my only career.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Walking the aisles in a library, looking at all those names on the spines, and dreaming about all those worlds. Watching my sisters face when she got swallowed up in a book. I wanted to entertain like that.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Current work. An excerpt? Sure. I’m finishing up the edits on Gargoyle Rising (Chronicles of an Earned #6)
A cracking noise came from Burkhart before his pitted surface became smooth and skin-like. “Good evening, Meino.” He let go of the sleeping bag, and Meino bundled it up to put it into the sleeping bag bag.
“Good evening, Burk. Do you know what these are called?” Meino held the flimsy bag up before shoving the sleeping bag into it.
“Yeah, a bag for a sleeping bag, so it would be a sleeping bag bag. That can’t be right.”
The Gargoyle cocked his head and blinked, making Meino laugh.
“I got it, it’s a sleeping bag condom,” Meino declared and punched the sausage shape into something less deformed.
“Are condoms bags?”
Meino stopped his doing and glanced at Burkhart. “We should go.”
“Okay.” Burkhart picked up the backpack. “Oh, it’s a thing used when copulating.”
“Burk!” Meino’s ears warmed. “How…how did you know that?”
“The neighbor’s teenage daughter. And the man in the office building on the next corner watches a lot of movies on his computer while working. They talk about condoms, too.”
Meino sputtered laughter.
“And you became shy. I have noticed that humans get shy talking about the sex, but most don’t sound very shy when having the sex.”
Meino laughed harder. Once his fits cleared up, he looked at Burkhart who looked utterly unfazed. A stone face. Meino lost it again, holding his stomach. The sound of Burkhart’s throaty laughter joining Meino’s more hysterical fit warmed him.
The laughter died down, and Meino wiped his eyes. “God, I needed that.” He hadn’t laughed like that for a long time, and it was actually the first time he’d heard Burkhart laugh uncontrollably.
“Good.” Burkhart handed him the backpack to strap on the almost packed sleeping bag condom.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
That depends on the book. Some are like carving granite to get to the full form, others are like removing soft butter from a statue. I guess what’s most challenging at the moment is that I’m working on three different series at the same time, and they’re very different from each other. Time is the most challenging part.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Thankfully not. My home is my castle, I don’t like to travel. I do go to conferences sometimes, and I’ll be at Euro Pride in Berlin this summer.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Of Rising Beauty coming out soon, it was Jay Aheer. The Chronicles artist is Carmen Waters.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Getting the hints and details to fit and hide or expose enough to keep the readers guessing is always a difficult challenge. Often times because I’m halfway through the next book in order to do that, so I’m always half a book ahead. It sucks when it then falls apart because of a plot detail in one, and I have to scrap 15K, but it’s exciting, too.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Always. Chronicles took eight years to research before I felt adept enough to actually delve into it, and I still feel like a rookie. I research a lot! Can’t say there’s a definitive conclusion on what I’ve learned from the last book, though. I learned about American infrastructure in the last one.
Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead
No idea. I rarely put Hollywood faces on my characters. Haven’t found anyone who looks like them, either. I have a few models that I put up for fans on Pinterest.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Have fun, and remember to SUCK! (not just in a naughty way) Learning not to suck is the journey that makes this craft worth pursuing a whole lifetime.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Leave all expectations at the door when picking up a book. You’ll get the most out of the story then. As a reader myself, I often pick books without even reading the blurb or knowing the genre. Those are the best books I’ve ever experienced.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Nicholas Bella, Come and Get me (The Odin Chronicles, Book 1)
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
That can be a million things. I don’t cry often, and when I do it’s mostly from anger. Laugh? My kid, the dogs and cats (I have a kitten), my friends…I love laughing. I laugh a lot.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Nikolai Tesla. He could help me with a research problem for the Chronicles.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Death is just another adventure
Live, laugh, love, and have another beer
Because that’s how I view life and death and how I live my life.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Uh, lots…probably too many. I do almost any craft I can get my hands on. Wood, metal, pearls, painting, drawing… Plus I play darts and I’ve been an archer for many years.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love documentaries. Other than that, action, thriller, and DC/Marvel series.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Favorite food, chicken and vegetables. Color…depends on my mood. Same with music.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I have no idea, but I’m pretty sure it would have to do with creativity and learning.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?