Welcome to this week’s Superversive Sunday Spotlight. Every week we will chat with a Superversive author that you really should be reading.
This week we welcome Superversive author, and my favorite Orion Pirate Captain, L.S. King:
How long have you been writing?
Since I was about three—in my Grimm’s Fairy Tales book. LOL And I never stopped. I wrote all sorts of fanfic as a kid both from TV and comic books. I began writing original works when I was older and tried to publish some of them in the 80s, but raising kids and doing all the rest, it ended up having to take a back seat to Real Life™. I did have a dream in about 1985 that was the core idea for what became my one series. It simmered on the back burner for years until it just exploded in the late 90s, and I started actually working on the stories and trying to get them published.
Which writers inspire you?
That is a very loaded question! So many authors have inspired me over the years. J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, R.A. Heinlein, Anne McCaffrey, Lois McMaster Bujold, Johnston McCulley (believe it or not LOL).
So, what have you written?
Like most writers, I’ve written quite a bit more than has been published. I currently have six books published, four in one series, and in the other, two published with a third in the proofing/copy editing process.
What draws you to Superversive writing?
Two things come to mind offhand. The first is that there were so many of my books (mostly SF) that I felt I could not safely give my children to read for various reasons. I determined that my stories would be family friendly, even if the themes and plots were adult. Quite a bit that might be questionable is only hinted at or “off camera.”
The second is that we need to hold to hope. No matter how dark, and even if really horrible things happen, there has to be hope at the end.
I have two quotes from Prof. Tolkien’s writing that have been my favorites:
“…maybe there is woe enough yet to come, though still hope may seem bright.”
“There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.”
— Return of the King
What are you working on at the minute?
I just finished the third book of my space opera series, Deuces Wild, and handed it off to my readers for critique. Meanwhile, I am mentally simmering the bad guys’ plots for my other series next two books.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
Oh yes! Another long list. The authors mentioned above, of course, as well as others from many genres, some long established, others new favorites: Agatha Christie, P.A. Piatt, Isaac Asimov, Jane Lebak, John Grisham, Shannon McNear, Jane Austen, Daphne du Maurier, Andre Norton, P.M. Griffin, Raymond Feist, Ray Bradbury, and wow, so many others! Oh and let’s not forget my two favorite poets: Robert Burns and William Blake.
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
All of my published works can be found on my website: loriendil.com
Thanks for sharing L.S. Be sure to check out L.S.’s books and be sure to check back next Sunday for our next chat with a Superversive author.