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Christine Lucas

Ghostly Serenades by the Nile, fiction, Issue 35, June 1, 2016


Christine Lucas lives in Greece with her husband and a horde of spoiled animals. A retired Air Force officer and mostly self-taught in English, Christine has had her work appear in several print and online magazines, including the Other Half of the Sky anthology, Daily Science FictionSpace and Time Magazine, the Triangulation: Morning After anthology and Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. She is currently working on her first novel, and in her free time she reads slush for ASIM. Visit her at www.christinlucas.com.


Get to know Christine...

Birthday? February 19th
 
When did you start writing? In a way, I've been writing since childhood. Only then I did with my dolls and action figures what I later did with my words. In my mid-twenties, I found in actual writing a much needed stress release from a very stressful job in the military, as well as a way to explore what was wrong with me (thanks, mom). With the arrival of the Internet in the late nineties and my stumbling upon fanfiction early on, I finally realized what I wanted to do with my life a couple decades too late. But, on the other hand, better late than never.
 
When and what and where did you first get published? This must be "Hellcat" in the now long-dead UK magazine Ballista
 
What themes do you like to write about? How the choices on little things get to shape greater patterns in the Cosmos. Characters who are no longer young, and cats.
 
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? In my early teens, while suffering from a bad case of ear infection, my mother bought me the Lord of the Rings and the Foundation series (instead of, say, antibiotics). I still have troubles with my left ear, but these books opened a new world for me, including the tantalizing question: why are there so few women in them? Thirty years later, I'm still trying to fill in the gaps in fantasy and SF with older women who can go on adventures too (along with their cats).

One book that still stays with me is Robert Graves' I, Claudius. It ties in with my love in everything history-related, from straight historical fiction to alternate history and all that comes in between.

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