#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 Alison Lyke
I’m an author and an English and Communications professor from Rochester, NY. I’m an insatiable reader and a dedicated writer. I’ve spent many years honing my skills and I now enjoy helping others find and explore their own voices.
I write fantasy and science fiction and I aim to captivate and inspire. I’ve written two published novels: a modern mythology titled “Honey,” which came out in 2013 and “Forever People,” a cyberpunk science fiction slated to come out in the spring of 2019. I also regularly contribute poetry and short stories to literary magazines.
What Genres Do You Write In?
Why Don't You Start By Sharing A Little About Yourself
Rochester, New York based author Alison Lyke showed early literary prowess and obsession with the creative process. In second grade she wrote a play that her class performed for the school. By sixth grade, she had read a library worth of classic literature, and moved on to more esoteric work, science fiction, fantasy, and horror, which would become the foundation for her lifetime of creative work.
Inspired by her artist father’s mythological painting series, her first novel, Honey, uses fantasy to explore the interplay between religion and legends while following a young woman’s spiritual awakening.
Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?
My second novel, “Forever People’s” has cyberpunk conventions that delve into a world of technology generated immortals seeking to undo the consequences of their achievements.
Who is your intended readership?
People interested in cyberpunk, futurists and those curious about virtual worlds. Fans of Kurt Vonnegut and Phillip K. Dick.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I have wanted to be a writer since I was a young child, but I heard a lot of discouraging comments about how hard it is to make a living in the creative arts. In my mid-twenties I started the work/life balance that makes writing novels possible for me.
Do you have a favorite author, or writing inspiration?
Kurt Vonnegut is my favorite author and the inspiration for much of my work. I am fond of tongue-in-cheek science fiction and using work to discuss society without taking myself too seriously. I’m also a fan of surrealism, and fantasy with a dash of absurdism.
What advice would you give beginning writers?
Read everything. Write stories and characters you love. Know that your best isn’t going to be right for some people, and that’s okay.
Do you have any amusing writing stories or anecdotes to share?
I was so nervous on my way to my first book signing. I took a wrong turn and my car got stuck in mud. A passerby with a truck and winch happened to see me struggling and helped pull me out. I thanked him with a signed copy of my book, so my first book signing happened right before my first book signing.
What do you like to do when you're not writing? Any hobbies?
When I’m not reading or writing, I teach English and Communications at a local college. I love nature, and I’m especially fond of hiking in the Adirondack Mountains. I also enjoy cooking, yoga, meditation, running, and gaming, both tabletop and video games.
What’s your next project? Any upcoming book secrets you care to reveal?
My third book, tentatively titled “The Multidimensional Adventures of Jade and Antigone” is complete and in the editing stages. It’s a portal science fiction about two rival science journalists who gain supernatural powers in a particle-collider accident and end up traveling the multiverse as a team. It’s going to be the first in a series.
Welcome to Zeta City, where the whole world goes to die. Here, the Node System uploads the minds of the dying so they can spend eternity in a digital Promised Land. But, this cyber heaven is causing hell on earth for the living because the System forces them to earn Points to buy data in the afterlife.
Camille is a salty mercenary out to hoard as many Points as possible by exploiting the dying with illegal technology. She’s on the hunt for Toy, a rebel leader who uploaded lethal technology to her own brain in an attempt to wipe out everyone’s Node Points.
Camille goes to increasingly dangerous lengths in pursuit of Toy. She soon finds that the Node is full of warm reunions with loved ones and otherworldly creations. It’s also full of lies.