September 10, 2009

Interview with Legendary Creatures blog host, Linda Lindsey

Please tell us a about yourself and your blog.
I'm a speculative fiction author who dabbles in anthropology and mythology and is married to a very indulgent man. The purpose of my blog, Legendary Creatures, is to introduce writers and readers to creatures they might not have considered before and inspire them to use those creatures in their own fiction. It isn't supposed to be an encyclopedia of creatures with information you can't find anywhere else, just a tool for inspiration.

What inspired you to write a blog about legendary creatures?
I wanted a blog that was related to my writing, but didn't want a blog about writing since there are thousands out there all ready. I looked over my non-fiction bookcases and saw that most of the books were about legends, lore, myths, and creatures. Two of my complaints about modern fiction are: everyone writes about the same creatures, and a lot of readers don't realize there are earlier conceptions of those creatures. I decided that a blog about some of the lesser known creatures, and lesser known versions of popular creatures, could be valuable.

When did you become interested in creature lore?
Sometime in elementary school. I got a hold of a copy of Edith Hamilton's "Mythology" and was hooked. Then I discovered comparative mythology and it sort of exploded from there.

What is your favorite creature?
Wow, I don't think I have a single favorite. I used to collect unicorn, pegasus, and dragon statuettes, but I hate to dust, and I once painted a centaur mural in my room. I have a tattoo of a phoenix, so that's definitely one of my top ten.

Do you have any supernatural creature novel recommendations?
Actually, this is hard question. Most of the really good stories I know of are short stories, so mostly I recommend anthologies. They are a treasure trove of short supernatural creature fiction. There are a few good novels I can think of though.

Although vampires are overdone these days, there are some awesome early novels out there. Chelsea Quinn Yarbro wrote a series about a vampire named Count St. Germain (based on the real Count St. Germain). The first few books, beginning with "Hotel Transylvania" were fantastic. There's also "The Holmes-Dracula File" by Fred Saberhagen, "Those Who Hunt the Night" by Barbara Hambly, "Interview with a Vampire" by Anne Rice, and "I Am Legend" by Richard Mathason.

Two of my favorite novel's starring dragons are: "The Dragon and The George" by Gordon R. Dickson, and "The Neverending Story" by Michael Ende. Jonathan Stroud wrote the "Bartimaeus Trilogy" which is about a kid who summons a djinn. That's a real rarity in creature fiction. "Heart-Shaped Box" by Joe Hill is a great modern ghost story. And though I haven't read the series, I've heard that Carrie Vaughn's "Kitty and the Midnight Hour" is a fantastic werewolf book.

What is next for your blog?
I have some interviews coming up with two rather well-known authors and the owner of a creature museum, as well as the regular creature articles. In the next couple of days I'm going to be asking readers to submit flash fiction, of 500 words or less and featuring the latest creature, to be posted on the blog.

Where can we find your blog, short stories and website?
Right now, my blog is my main web presence. It's here:

My short story "Simple Matter", which is about an unemployed fairy godmother, is available in "Crossed Genres" humor issue:

Thanks for visiting Linda!

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1 comment:

The Ink Gypsy said...

What a great interview! I'll definitely be checking out Linda's blog. how can we not love monsters when we love fairy tales? ;)