Hello and welcome back to another Author to Author interview.
This month, I have the great pleasure of sitting down with H. T. Lyons, a masterful spinner of tales who’s always looking into the future, seeing what could be, what should be and what might be. He doesn’t use crystal balls or tea leaves. He looks for trends and technology, using the art of logic to take what he sees now and project into the future. Without further ado, I give you H. T. Lyons:
Let’s start with the basics, do you write full-time or part-time?
Very much part time. I have a busy career and that consumes a lot of my time. Writing for me is a hobby and although I’d like to make money from the books I write, I prefer to be read. I’d love to be quoted. Writing part time is its own challenge especially with the world throwing so many interesting concepts at me.
Of course, we can’t all be full time professional writers (though I wish) So, when you do get a chance to write where is your favorite place to go?
It’s a private and introspective activity so anywhere that’s quiet and private. I don’t like people looking over my shoulder. First drafts are very personal things and I feel quite vulnerable as I write. Strange but that’s how it works. At lunchtime on a portable device is good.
I can understand that. So then, where do the your ideas come from?
I like to write both science fiction and what I would call social fiction. Science fiction a based in the future and I try to pain a positive and inspiring vision of the future for younger readers. I particularly like near future and what I call the early period of colonization of the solar system (I hope that happens one day). These stories are to inspire people to think about space. The same way Issac Asimov’s and Arthur C Clarke’s and Kim Stanley Robinson’s books did for me.
Social fiction is when I draw from current events and try to extrapolate. I try to get the reader to think about the society they live in at the moment and question their assumptions about it. It’s more about awareness and making people think than anything else. People need to make you their own mind. I love to use current events to inspire these stories.
That’s really cool. I like both visions. But now, switching from writing to other parts of this business we’re in… Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
Firstly keep writing. Marketing works by expanding a base and that means having product to sell. Actually if given the binary choice between just writing with no marketing or writing one book and marketing the daylights out of it, I’d go with the former.
Make marketing sustainable. Run a blog and talk about your favourite stuff, especially if it relates to the book.
If you do have a Web presence, talk about your topic more than writing. You are trying to attract readers not more writers.
That makes a lot of sense. One last question before I let you get back to your busy life. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I’d like to turn it into a money spinner but over time. In the short term I’d love people to comment on my books. The great thing about books is that they are an asset and like many assets can passively keep earning.
Thank you very much for you time and insights Mr. Lyons. I look forward to reading your books.
H. T. Lyons is an aspiring writer of science fiction. A futurist with a keen interest in where our society is heading, He tends focus most of his attention on stories that examine the direction our society is taking or that shows where we could end up. Optimistic by nature, he believes that one day we will look to settle the Solar System as we outgrow our planet and some of his stories examine how this could look. Currently, he has a number of novels underway and some short stories. His aim is to get one of these up and published before the end of the year around the other commitments that exist in his life.