#OWSCyCon2019 Author Spotlight
As part of the build-up to OWSCyCon2019, I want to introduce you to some of the amazing volunteers and authors taking part in the event. If it wasn’t for the volunteers, there could be no CyCon, and I’m grateful to every single one of them for giving up their time to make this happen. But by the same token, without the authors taking part in the event, we wouldn’t be able to bring you the amazing events that we have planned. So without further delay…
Meet Lyssa Medana
Lyssa Medana is a 50 year old wife and mother living in Yorkshire, UK. She loves to tell stories and her hobbies including knitting, reading and heckling history documentaries.
What Genres Do You Write In?
Why don't you start by telling us a little about yourself
I love history, I adore it. My greatest ambition is to write an awesome fantasy series which will be true to current academic research’s vision of North Western Europe around 950AD and which I will one day get around to. Until then I concentrate on modern day fantasy stories. Fortunately I also love social history and the strange nooks and crannies of the UK and I pick up random facts like a velvet skirt picks up cat hair so I can try and stay true to the stories that are part of the scenery around me.
I can make a souffle but I fail at frying eggs and I am a wonderful at starting knitting projects but not so good at finishing them.
Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?
I’d like to talk about my first book as I’m planning on relaunching it. The Forgotten Village is a story about someone who finds that they have inherited a Post Office from a long lost relative. There is a catch, of course, which is that the Post Office is in a village where werewolves, goblins, vampires and boggarts live openly.
There were two big inspirations to this. I used to travel past an abandoned house that was on the edge of a working farm. I used to wonder what it would be like to just find yourself inside a house like that, if you bought it or inherited it or won it at dice. The other inspiration was, well, if there were creatures like werewolves around, how did they live? How did they earn a living? Did they pay taxes and drive cars? How would a supernatural being fit into our society? I am a Brit and while there are some wild corners, most of them are known to the taxman and I couldn’t imagine HMRC letting anyone get away without paying taxes, not even if they were a vampire. HMRC are a lot scarier than vampires.
Who is your intended readership?
My intended readership is loosely anyone over around fourteen. There isn’t much sex and violence but it’s not aimed at children or young adults.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I think I was around six or seven when I realised that I wanted to be a writer. I know it wasn’t very long after I learned to read. I always told myself stories and I wanted to share them.
Do you have a favorite author, or writing inspiration?
I think I have the usual inspirational authors like Sir Terry Pratchett and Alan Garner, but I also have been heavily influence by Isaac Asimov (his characters may not have been complex, but you always knew which hand was holding the blaster as he had exquisite clarity) and a romance author called Essie Summers who had wonderfully complicated plots and a knack for making everyday life relevant to the story.
What advice would you give beginning writers?
Just write. Write as much as you can, as often as you can. When you are not writing, let your mind wander and ask ‘what if’ and then go back to writing. And know that the more you write, the better it gets. So just keep writing. Keep doing new stuff and don’t stress at the first rejection
Do you have any amusing writing stories or anecdotes to share?
I once wrote a poem while drunk. This isn’t something too out of the way. Except I wrote it, probably (hopefully) edited it, sorted out a pic and uploaded it to a blog – all without remembering it the next morning. I’m watching my intake a little more these days. It’s here, if you’re interested. Can’t remember writing a word, but it’s in my style. https://alwaysanotherchapter.co.uk/2018/09/15/as-it-should-be/
What do you like to do when you're not writing? Any hobbies?
I start knitting projects. I start a lot of knitting projects. Sometimes I finish them. Otherwise I spend a lot of time reading non fiction and hanging with my family.
What’s your next project? Any upcoming book secrets you care to reveal?
I am working on a swathe of different projects as I have the attention span of a kitten in a feather factory. I am working on stories about what happens if an imaginary friend gets out of hand, what happens if a love spell actually works (have you ever seen the spam giving testimony about love spells on the internet?), a steampunk story set in Victorian London and following on to the story that is included in OWS coming anthology Cogs Crowns and Carriages, and of course there is all the work I have already done for a rigorously researched epic fantasy. You can also find a new instalment of the ongoing story set in a shop run by supernatural creatures in modern day York most Fridays on At the Sign of the White Hart https://signofthewhitehart.co.uk/
The Forgotten Village
Karen Price suddenly finds herself whisked from a safe, easy office job and a comfortable, if boring, boyfriend into a village where modern day vampires and werewolves roam freely, the vicar is impossibly handsome and she never knows who or what will turn up at the Post Office.
And the night she arrives a murder is committed.