#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 Alexis Lantgen
Alexis Lantgen is a writer, teacher, and classical musician. She loves Renaissance Faires and all things science fiction and fantasy. Her short stories have appeared in the Gallery of Curiosities, Phantaxis, Red Sun Magazine, and Swords and Sorcery Magazine. Her nonfiction articles have appeared in Renaissance Magazine. Alexis is occasionally on twitter @TheWiseSerpent and has been spotted once in a blue moon on Instagram. She lives with her husband, her spirited five-year-old daughter, her toddler son, and two very patient cats in Texas.
What Genres Do You Write In?
Why Don't You Start By Sharing A Little About Yourself
I love reading, writing, and classical music. I worked as a freelance violin and viola player for years, teaching lessons, playing gigs, working in local symphonies. After a while, I wanted a steadier job, so I started teaching middle school science. I started writing pretty seriously after I took my first teaching job. I love reading science fiction and fantasy, and I like writing them, too.
Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?
Sapience is a collection of ten science fiction short stories I’ve written over the last few years. Many of the stories are set in the same universe, though often at different time periods. I’m fascinated by the possibility that we could someday discover life in our solar system (in particular on Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter) so that makes its way into many of my stories.
Who is your intended readership?
I think my book is definitely adult, and it leans towards hard scifi. So really, my intended audience is adults who love scifi!
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I think my path to writing has been a little circuitous. I wrote when I was in high school, but I didn’t do any creative writing for years afterwards. But my first year teaching, I started writing short plays for my students to read at school (which they enjoyed, mostly). After that, I started writing my first novel, and then lots and lots of short stories. I’ve just kept going, and it’s been fun and exciting.
Do you have a favorite author, or writing inspiration?
I love reading, and so I have so many authors I enjoy reading. My favorite series lately has been Marie Brennan’s Natural History of Dragons books, and my favorite stand alone is Katherine Addison’s The Goblin Emperor. I also read tons of short stories in science fiction and fantasy magazines and anthologies.
What advice would you give beginning writers?
Just keep writing. The best way to learn to write is to write. After that, edit and read over what you’ve written and try to make it better. Then read a lot of books and write some more.
Do you have any amusing writing stories or anecdotes to share?
I once tweeted Neil Gaiman, and he totally replied to my tweet! It was amazing.
What do you like to do when you're not writing? Any hobbies?
Yes. My husband and I enjoy Viking reenactment, so I’ve learned to weave Viking belts and make hats and socks using a Medieval technique called nalebinding. I’m also learning to play a Medieval/Viking age instrument called a rebec, a precursor to the violin family. And of course, I spend a lot of time with my beautiful family!
What’s your next project? Any upcoming book secrets you care to reveal?
I have two books I’m working on. One is a collection of fantasy short stories that I have people beta reading right now. I’m hoping to have it published by late Spring or early summer. My WIP is a middle grade fantasy novel, and I’m about a third of the way through the first draft. I’m very excited about both those projects!
"Midnight to Morning"
What kind of life will we find in the depths of Europa’s oceans? What kind of life will we allow an AI with human level intelligence? The ten stories in Sapience: A Collection of Science Fiction Short Stories explore these questions and many more.
In the near future, humanity builds a colony on Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter. They tunnel into the ice to explore the dark oceans beneath the moon’s surface, searching for signs of extraterrestrial life. What they find will change them forever, setting humanity on a path to the stars. But the old conflicts and hatreds of Earth are not so easily escaped. Will human colonists on distant planets and moons create a paradise or a horrifying dystopia?