Writer Wednesday: K. Bird Lincoln

Today, I’m pleased to feature fantasy author K. Bird Lincoln!  Please read to find out many interesting tidbits about her.

1.  First things first… a name and bio:

K. Bird Lincoln is an ESL professional/writer/mother living on the windblown Minnesota Prairie with her family and a huge addiction to frou-frou coffee and chocolate. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she has spent more years now in Japan and on the West Coast than in the Midwest. Her speculative short stories are published in various online and paper publications such as Strange Horizons and Abyss and Apex. She also writes tasty speculative and YA fiction reviews under the name K. Bird at Goodreads.com and Kblincoln on Amazon. (Because sometimes reading a book is just like eating a bag of potato chips.)

Want to read free speculative fiction short stories? Listen to K.Bird sing a Japanese lullaby? Check out http://www.kblincoln.com

2.  Where are you from and what’s your favorite thing about where you live?

I’m from a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland gets a bad rep…but you know, we have a world class symphony, an amazing art museum, and….and…okay. My favorite thing from my suburb is Pierogi. Bacon, butter, cheese. You can’t go wrong. Even former President Clinton ate our Pierogi.

3.  Tell about your latest book.  What made you want to write it?

My historical fantasy novel, Tiger Lily, was just published through the Amazon Kindle Direct Program. It’s based on three short stories published in different venues over a period of about ten years. I’ve lived with her character for a long time, but it’s actually Tiger Lily’s foil, Lord Ashikaga, that was the actual impetus for writing.

You see, in Japan, the whole transvestite/transsexual thing is treated A LOT differently than in the United States. There’s the whole Noh actors (all male) portraying women for hundreds of years considered actually more “feminine” than actual women. It’s very interesting how you can take a culture very focused on outward forms and rituals and have a person living a different gender than the one they were born with. If the outward form is feminine…than that’s how society treats you, no matter the “underneath.”

I wanted to explore how a person might deal with being born in a society that considered your birth year “unfeminine.”

4.  Where can people find your books and stories?

Tiger Lily is available online at http://www.amazon.com/Tiger-Lily-ebook/dp/B007Y7094O/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1335742745&sr=8-2.

Previously published short stories are also available at my website, http://kblincoln.com/mossyglen.html.

5.  What are you working on right now?

A science fiction story featuring a boy who hangs out with giant Kabuto beetles (goliath beetles.)

6.  What inspired you to be a writer?

Although I wish I had a cool story about an inspiration, I don’t actually have one. I’ve just been writing ever since I can remember being able to hold a crayon. Or actually, I don’t remember writing. Is it creepy to say I don’t ever remember the process of writing? Sometimes I just wake up with a Microsoft Word document covered in words….

7.  Who is your favorite character in your stories? Why?

Currently I am IN LOVE with the Kabuto beetle sidekick in the current novel. He’s so big, and strong, and hard-shelled…

8.  What is your favorite comfort food?

Chocolate. There is nothing else.

9.  What character from your stories was the hardest to write?

The Kabuto beetle. Because he’s a bug. Not much personality there to work with, right?

10.  What’s the biggest challenge about being a writer?

I’m a writer? I think despite the over 10 years I’ve spent writing and submitting stories to various markets I still don’t think of myself as a real writer. I keep waiting for the beam of light and the angel choir to signal my assumption into the hallowed ranks of WRITERS. So until that happens, it’s hard as a semi-full time working mother to feel non-guilty about taking time away from laundry or kids to write. Hopefully it won’t take another ten years to get over that.

11.  Do you have any advice for beginning writers?

You don’t need what you think you need to write. You don’t need uninterrupted blocks of time or certain music or a certain chair or place. You can write anywhere and anytime and you should. Write down your ideas, or they’ll slip away. I write during swim lessons and dance classes, while my girls are doing homework, and waiting in the car to pick them up after school. Any unoccupied ten minutes is fair game.

12.  Who are your favorite authors and why? 

Guy Gavriel Kay because he makes me cry. Robin McKinley because her stories always make me feel like a hormonal teenager again. Haruki Murakami because the utterly self-absorbed, over-explanatory vagueness of his characters fascinates me.

13.  What books have most influenced your writing?

Every single book I’ve ever read. From One Fish, Two Fish to Moby Dick. But mostly whatever I’m reading now.

14.  What tools are in your writer’s tool-kit?

The ability to leave my writing alone for a few months until I can read it without the influence of what I WANTED to say and actually read it as it is written. Probably the single, most important tool I learned when making the jump from “writing” to “polishing.”

15. Where can people find out more about you and your books/stories?

Kblincoln.com

16.  What question(s) did I forget to ask?

Is your middle name really Bird?: Yep, it is. My grandmother’s maiden name.

What’s the most delicious latte you ever drank?: Honey ginger latte in Tokyo, Japan

Your highest-scoring song on Wii Just Dance?: Sway

Favorite red wine under 10 bucks? Menage a trois red

Latest show addicted to, but semi-ashamed to watch: Game of Thrones

Blood type: A positive

Zodiac sign: Saggitarius

Grossest thing you ever ate?: Raw sea cucumber

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