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Monday, September 17, 2018

Demanding 'character' reactions

“One of my great passions is the collection of historical trivia…I love to curl up with a book about some dusty corner of history.” – Lynn Abbey

Born in September, 1948 Abbey was firmly entrenched in a career as a computer programmer when she literally got started her start in the publishing world by accident.  While working in Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1979 she was on her way to pick up famed science fiction writer Gordon R. Dickson for a guest appearance at Ann Arbor’s Science Fiction Convention, ConFusion.  En route, she was injured in a car accident.  Dickson, feeling guilty, offered to critique and even edit some of her writing after learning that Abbey not only was a fan of his work but also had been doing some creative writing of her own. 
                                    
His editorial assistance led to her first book, Daughter of the Bright Moon, published to accolades and getting her hooked on doing more.  Her first short story "The Face of Chaos," was published shortly after as part of a Thieves World anthology.  
 
The anthology route has been a good one for Abbey, who has had numerous stories selected – constantly exposing her writing to readers who like to read short stories by a range of authors.  She also has become a noted editor of science fiction and for her work on tie-ins to video games – a nod to her computer background.

As a writer, Abbey says she demands results from her characters. “ I'm one of those writers who, when writing, believes she's god - and that she hasn't bestowed free will on any of her characters.   In that sense there are no surprises in any of my books.”



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