Dawn Lloyd

The Key to the Door, flash fiction, issue 51, June 2020

Dawn Lloyd is an American who got bored and set out across the world

looking for adventure. Nineteen years, four continents and six countries
later, she is still wandering the world working in various countries.
More information about her adventures can be found at http://dawnlloyd.wikispaces.com/ . Her work has appeared in a variety
of magazines including Space and Time, Triangulation: Last Contact, and Metaphorosis.

She is the Editor in Chief of The Colored Lens speculative magazine.

Get to know Dawn...

November 20

When did you start writing?
I started writing around about the time I learned to read. It didn't
occur to me that this isn't something everyone did habitually.

When and what and where did you first get published?
The first story I published was "Only the Dogs Bark" published in The
Future Fire, summer, 2009.

Why do you write?
I enjoy playing with words and making them do what I want them to do. I
also enjoy playing with characters, but I have no luck making them do
what I want them to do. The entire writing process fascinates me, and I
enjoy watching it unfold.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy?
I like the freedom it provides to experiment with different concepts and

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story?

I can't begin to pick an absolute favorite. My oldest favorite is
Tower of Glass by Robert Silverberg for the ideas. My newest favorite
is The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness because of the
characters and how perfectly it nails feelings of being a teenager and
not being quite allowed in to all the important things going on around
you. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is my number one book that I
think everyone should read.

What are you trying to say with your fiction?
I would love to write stories that inspire people to be better people.
In reality, I write stories that show why real and good people don't
always do as well as they would like to. I hope my stories inspire
people to be sympathetic to our fellow humans even though we aren't
always perfect.

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?
She tried to make the world a better place.

Do you blog?
I have a poorly maintained blog at https://brinker.livejournal.com/ . It
is largely about my life and travels and rarely about writing.

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