Today I have an interview with Lloyd Poast, author of the imaginative short story Blink.
What’s the hardest part of writing a book?
I really find it hard to actually find the time to do the writing. I work late and have a couple of young boys, so I usually don’t start writing until after midnight. By that time, I usually just feel like relaxing or doing something else, especially in the summer. I definitely find it easier to get motivated to write in the colder months.
What’s your favourite part of writing a book?
I love being creative and imagining original worlds and characters. I really like writing descriptions, but I have a tendancy to overdo it and get too poetic, so I spend alot of my editing time toning things down.
Did you base any of the characters on real people?
None of the characters are based on real people, but some of the story was taken from dreams and situations from my childhood. Amaisia was inspired by a male character from a dream I had when I was a kid. He wore a suit and a top hat and had a cat’s face. He was the original villain in Blink, but I thought he was a little too bland. I like Amaisia Moon alot more. Other things like the exotic scream and the bear shadow were a result of my overactive childhood imagination.
Why did you choose a novella rather than a full length book?
Blink was initially a short story of about 4000 words called Shortcut, but everybody said that I was cramming too much into it and needed to expand the ideas. I had wanted to make it closer to novel length, but I’m not sure if I have the patience for that right now. I think I’m more of a short story writer, but I do hope to attempt a full fledged novel someday.
What input, if any, did you have in the cover design?
I hired someone to draw the sketch of Amaisia for me a couple of years ago and when Books to go Now accepted Blink for publication, they asked if I had any ideas for the cover. I sent them the sketch and suggested it be the focal point of the cover, hovering in the sky over a beach with Blink drawn in the sand below. They kept the basic idea, but changed the background a bit. I only knew the sketch’s artist by her username, but she’s not registered on the site I found her on anymore, so I never did find out what her real name is. She did an amazing job, though.
About Lloyd Poast
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Lloyd Poast is a former staff writer for Consequence of Sound and Hockey Future, as well as the author of several short stories that have appeared both online and in print. Blink is his first novelette. He lives in Canada with his wife and two young boys.
A teenage boy wanders into a mystical forest ruled by a gypsy goddess named Amaisia Moon.
The forest changes with every blink or head turn and he discovers an ocean where dreams and nightmares literally come alive.
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