Sometimes I think we’re alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we’re not. In either case the idea is quite staggering. ~Arthur C. Clarke
Visiting Spacedock 19 today is YA Sci-fi author, LM Preston, writing stories for and about kids that overcome the impossible. She’s written the young adult series: Bandit, Pack, and Purgatory Reign. And the MG series: Explorer X.
MP: What science fiction story would you most like to live in?
LM: I’d love to live in the Matrix. Doing cool tricks and having the power to bend the world is amazing.
MP: What drew you to write science fiction?
LM: I’m in the engineering field. Also, I’m rather imaginative and like putting together the pieces of worlds that I built in each of my novels.
MP: Light sabers or phasers?
LM: I love phasers 😀
MP: What made you decide to take the publishing route you have?
LM: I’m a bit of a control freak with a BS in Business Management so I wasn’t afraid to attempt to start a small press and build a publishing business. Also, I’m not in this alone, my husband has a background in in Marketing and Sales so pursuing publishing was exciting.
MP: What marketing advice do you have to offer other struggling and aspiring authors?
LM: Research your market before you publish. Set a budget and build a marketing plan. Do a little each day. And remember, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ and any successful business needs at least 3 years to turn profit.
MP: What’s the greatest writing tip/advice you were ever given?
LM: Write everyday. Get great beta readers to review your work and learn to edit. Before you send your manuscript to an agent or direct to a publisher make it sales ready perfect.
Check out LM’s latest release, book two in The Pack series, The Pack Retribution.
Revenge doesn’t have a name, but has chosen a victim – Shamira. But she’s never been the type to lie down and let someone hurt her family or her friends. In order to find the mastermind behind the threat to all she cares about, she must give up the one person who’s found his way into her guarded heart, Valens. Valens refuses to back off easily, and neither will Shamira’s friends. They join forces with her in order to deal with a new enemy who seeks to kill everyone in Shamira’s life that dared save the missing kids on Mars.
LM. Preston was born and raised in Washington, DC. An avid reader, she loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. With a thirst for knowledge she attended college at Bowie State University, and worked in the IT field as a Techie and Educator for over sixteen years. She started writing science fiction under the encouragement of her husband who was a Sci-Fi buff and her four kids. Her first published novel, Explorer X – Alpha was the beginning of her obsessive desire to write and create stories of young people who overcome unbelievable odds. She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing.
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Is there a science fiction series you’d most like to live in?