H. T. Lyon is an aspiring writer of science fiction. A futurist with a keen interest in where society as we know it is heading, Lyon tends toward stories that examine where we could end up. Optimistic by nature, Lyon believes that one day we will look to settle the Solar System as we outgrow our planet and examines how this could look. With a number of novels and some short stories underway, Lyon aims to be published before the end of the year. You can find Lyon at Beyond Escape Velocity.
Q: What do you find most difficult about writing?
A: There is finding the time but that’s a challenge for anyone. If you want to know what I find hardest, it’s the detail that pops a setting to life. The scents, sounds and touches that create a sensory picture of the environment. If there was one thing I wanted to improve, it would be that. The ability to produce work with more sensory description built in. My way around it is to work on adding that as I edit or to really try to picture the environment as I draft.
Q: Was that the biggest challenge you faced in your latest book?
A: The hardest thing about my latest book is the sheer complexity of the plot. Making sure I don’t lose control of the various elements. I have a detailed high level plan with key plot points and themes for each stream. There’s a high level main plot that the sub plots tread through and that takes a bit of tracking. So far I have managed to retain control though.
Q: When you get an idea, what’s the first thing you do?
A: If I get an idea, the first thing I attempt to do is mull it over. Usually, an idea needs a premise, some question that it asks. Then if there is merit in it, I write a very short summary if it and save it to google docs. This prevents me from losing the idea. The final stage, if it is a short story is to draft it up. Novels and series stew for a lot longer and rather than go straight to the draft, I start doing a series of deeper and deeper outlines. I do still have a lot in the concept written down stage however. It seems that ideas can come from anywhere.
Q: What’s your favorite quote?
A: I have a few that I collect along the way but my favourite was someone who told me “We know what we meant when we wrote something, but only someone else can tell us what we actually ended up saying.” It’s a reminder that the reader is a customer as that they may have different ideas from my own. It’s also a great warning to check with others before I release my writing into the wild!”
Q: What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A: I’m naturally an early riser so getting out of bed is no issue. What motivates me? I love my work (my day job) and that’s an awesome incentive to get up. Sometimes these things are a decision that you need to make, if you don’t like your day job and you aren’t able to move, then find ways to learn to love it. Life will be so much better for you. One day, it would be nice to wake up to writing only. It’s a dream but still one worth pursuing.
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