Lyn C. A. Gardner

The Alchemist Works Feverishly Upon The Death of His Love, poetry,
September 1, 2009

Escape Pod, poetry, September 1, 2009

When did you start writing? As soon as I could write. I created my first book, The Zoo Book, when I was four. I began writing more seriously when I was ten and started submitting my work when I was fourteen. My first acceptances (poetry) came when I was sixteen.

When and what and where did you first get published? Outside of my high school literary magazine, the first works to see print were poems. Two of my earliest published favorites: "The Order," Out o' the Blue Review, Vol. 3, No. 4, Feb./Mar. 1988; and "Scenic Overlook," Z Miscellaneous, Vol. 2, No. 3, May 1988.

Why do you write? Because I love life--the world, people, the beauty and strangeness of existence.  Writing--and reading--are tools that allow us to closely approach another's experience, and truly share what makes us unique.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? I've loved them since my father first introduced me to Star Trek when I was nine (actually, I've always loved reading books about magic, but I didn't realize this was a separate genre until then).  The freedom to imagine life beyond the confines of consensus reality--to explore human nature, the future, and the possibilities inherent in a totally different viewpoint--gives me wings to soar.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince; Roger Zelazny, "The Engine at Heartspring's Center" and the first five Amber books

Do you blog? Where? I mostly have a writing news listserv:

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? I would let my family figure that out, but I will be buried with my father, uncle, grandparents, & other relatives in Elmira, NY.

Lyn C.A. Gardner's article about Zelazny's Amber is currently up at Strange Horizons: It's called "The Solitary Quest: The Hero's Search for Identity in Roger Zelazny's Amber."

Lyn C. A. Gardner has had 26 stories and 142 poems published in venues like Abyss & Apex, Challenging Destiny, Cinema Spec, The Doom of Camelot, The Leading Edge, Legends of the Pendragon, Mythic Delirium, Not One of Us, Talebones, and forthcoming in Best New Tales of the Apocalypse, among others. Two stories and a poem earned honorable mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and three poems have been nominated for the Rhysling Award of the Science Fiction Poetry Association.