Author name: Linda Maye Adams
*Please tell us about your publications, specifically the story in this bundle:
My story is “Dark, From the Sea.” It was part of a Writing in Public feature I ran on my blog—I wrote a scene each day and posted it until the story was finished. It was partially inspired by Japanese pearl divers, and also by some research I did on lighthouses.
I’m also the writer of the GALCOM Universe series, which is about a woman who leaves Earth for the first time because the military pays her to deal with alien ghosts. There are three books in the series, and a fourth coming that’s got a lot of action. I get to blow things up!
What other bundles are you involved with?
I was in the 2018 Military Science Story Bundle curated by Kevin J. Anderson with the first book in my GALCOM series, Crying Planet. My short story “Watcher” Ghost is in the BundleRabbit Short Flights (of the Imagination), and my Desert Storm memoir, Soldier, Storyteller was in the Remembering Warriors BundleRabbit.
Are you a ‘pantser’ or a ‘plotter’?
I’m a pantser, though I don’t particularly like the term. I just don’t plan anything out for my stories. I don’t even know how it ends until I get there. It’s sort of like taking a road trip without a planned destination. You hop on the road and follow it. There’s this sign…looks interesting. You pull in and it isn’t quite what you thought, so you pull out of the rabbit hole until you find something else—and that one you spend a lot of time following. It’s a lot of fun writing like this because it makes the story unpredictable.
What piece of advice do you wish you’d had when you started your publishing journey?
That description is not a bad thing. That gets mispresented a lot in writing books and shows up on top ten lists for “don’t do a lot,” instead of learning how to do it.
How much research do you do for your work? What’s the wildest subject you’ve looked at?
I start with subjects I’m already familiar with, so I don’t have as much research to do. My GALCOM series came out of my military experience. I’m also working on a mystery in 1940s Hollywood. I grew up in Los Angeles in the 1970s and devoured everything on Hollywood I could find. So the majority of my research tends to be on the spot—how cold is it in space (over 450 below zero)? What is it like in zero-g? What causes an aurora?
What’s the best advice you’ve received about writing/publishing?
It’s to have fun (which is from Dean Wesley Smith). Writers can get so focused on getting published that they forget that writing has to be fun.
What’s the worst piece best advice you’ve received about writing/publishing?
That you must outline. I started out writing when I was eight, and it was natural to me to put pen to paper and simply write. Everyone around me thought I was doing it wrong because I wasn’t outlining. There’s such a lot of pressure on pantsers—everyone looks at how we write and they don’t understand how it can be done like that. It scares everyone, and they try to convert the pantsers over to outlining. I always cringe when I see “I’m a reformed pantser,” because it makes me wonder if that person is still writing.
Tell us about your latest piece?
I just finished Last Stand, the fourth book in my GALCOM Universe series. Colonel Graul catches a contagious flu and ends up in quarantine on a space station. Then disaster happens and the space station is attacked! So it’s a lot of action, and I blow up spaceships. The aliens look like creepy bugs I saw when I was growing up, potato bugs. Fitting that they are aliens. We never thought they looked real.
What’s your next writing adventure?
Non-fiction: Writers Toolkit: Research on the Go For the Fiction Writer. This book blends my experience as a travel administrator and how to research when you travel.
Golden Lies: The first book in my Al Travers Mystery series. He’s a private eye in 1947 Hollywood, at the point where the studio system was about to collapse. He’s also a veteran of World War II, and his secretary was a nurse over there. So they both have the effects of the war as they try to find a missing actress.
With the influx of indie authors do you think this is the future of storytelling?
It has to be. Traditional publishing is going to run out of writers. When they gutted the mid-list writers, they cut off the water supply. Those writers could be developing the skills to become best sellers in the future, and they’re either indie or no longer writing. That only leaves the current best sellers. One day, those writers going to start dying off. There’s a lot of disruption, and traditional publishing is pretending like it’s 1980 and everyone will go back to the way it was. By the time they come around, it’s going to be too late.
Are indie/self-published authors viewed with scepticism or wariness by readers? Why is this?
While I still hear from a few people who think of the old days when you self-published a book because you couldn’t get published, I think most readers just want good books to read. They don’t care where it comes from.
Is there a message in your books?
I don’t do message stories. As a reader, I don’t want to be lectured to. If I smell it from the description, I won’t even buy it. I’m all about escapist fiction…grab the popcorn and sit down for a good read.
Linda Maye Adams was probably the least likely person to be in the Army—even the Army thought so! She was an enlisted soldier and served for twelve years and was one of the women who deployed to Desert Storm. But she’d much prefer her adventures to be in books. She is the author of the military-based GALCOM Universe series, including the novel Crying Planet, featured in the 2018 Military Science Fiction StoryBundle.
Connect with Linda Online:
Linda’s fiction site: https://lindamayeadams.com/
Dark, From the Sea features in Here Be Merfolk
Part of the Here Be Bundle Series