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Friday, September 18, 2015

A 'no surprises' approach

“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 on this day in 1948, Abbey was firmly entrenched in a career as a computer programmer when she literally got started in the writing and 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 severely 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 book Daughter of the Bright Moon being accepted and published to accolades that got her hooked on doing more.  Later that same year she also had her first short story "The Face of Chaos," published as part of a Thieves World anthology. 

The anthology route has been a good one for Abbey, who has had numerous additional stories selected – constantly exposing her writing to many new readers who like to read books of 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.

Abbey says as a writer 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,” she said.   “In that sense there are no surprises in any of my books.”

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