Friday, May 31, 2013

Friday Interview with L.T. Getty

Welcome to Love Romances & More Reviews L.T. Getty. Comfortable? Let’s begin, shall we? Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

To get us started can you tell us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?

Tower of Obsidian is my first published novel – it’s a historical fantasy which, if I describe it in a linear manner, is about a young man-at-arms who is forced to go on a quest to kill an evil witch in a tower. The story for me, however, is about the interpretation of story, and when I wrote the tale, I was trying to do retellings of the same story over and over again.

 How would you describe yourself using only five words?

Scheming, Persevering, Active, Analytical, & Fun

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

I like to go to the book stores and buy a new book, even if I have ten waiting to be read.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I always wanted to travel to Austrialia, and I’d like to learn to surf. I suppose in terms of ‘where would you want to settle down’ I’d probably say Victoria, BC – I’ve never been there, but it looks and sounds beautiful – plus the people I know from there surf. Who knows? Maybe when I finally get to Australia one day, I’ll fall in love and want to stay, but I like living in Canada – even if it is so cold on these Prairies.

If someone hasn't read any of your work, what book would you recommend that they start with and why?

Tower of Obsidian is my only novel out, but I think compared to a lot of my stuff, it’s the most palatable for a larger audience. I like to do experimentation in my writing and I know that if a lot of my other stuff gets accepted for publication elsewhere, it’ll be probably for more of a niche audience. ToO, on the other hand, I use a lot of classic tropes and I think you don’t have to be a specialist reading a ton of fantasy to get the story.

Is music a factor for you while you are writing? Do certain songs put you in the right frame of mind to write certain stories?

Definitely! I prefer to listen to instrumental or music in a language I don’t understand to write. When I’m writing fantasy, I like to listen to movie and video game soundtracks. I also discovered listening to Zumba music is more of a detriment because I associate it with movement, not writing.

If you could collaborate with one author who would it be? 

This is a hard one – I suppose if I had to pick one living, it would be Guy Gavriel Kay – just so I could learn from his experience. If I could pick a ghost, it would be Octavia E. Butler.

What can readers expect next from you?

I’m working on a cyberpunk novel right now (it’s done, but it’s in editing limbo) which is character driven – it’s about a young woman who gets her humanity torn from her in an accident, and she spends the novel trying to come to grips with what it means to be human when society starts modifying everyone.

Thanks for coming. Is there anything else you want to add? 

A bunch of BURST authors and myself are involved in a website called Worlds of the Imagination – in addition to it being where we’ll mention where we’ll be appearing for discussions, we’re also going to be doing guest features on Thursdays – so if you’re a science-fiction or fantasy writer who is looking for a place to chat up your books, check us out, drop us a line, and we might be able to help you out. There’s seven of us, and we write everything from dark and traditional Tolkien-style fantasy to more contemporary romantic fantasies, so check out our covers to learn more about the books.

Tower of Obsidian by L.T. Getty
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When Kale mac Tadhg is betrayed by his Lord’s men, he is sent on an impossible quest: slay a witch in a tower, and end a people’s curse. Both Kale’s best friend and brother-in-arms Aaron Smithson and former betrothed Aoife of Westgate set out to rescue him, but their journey takes them into the uncharted waters and Northwestern Nordic colonies, to a land cursed and all but forgotten. They begin to realize that there is some truth to old legends.  Kale’s rescue comes at a price—for by the time Aaron and Aoife know where to search, like so many before him, Kale is bound to the ancient tower’s fate.

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