Michael La Ronn

An Android Primer, poetry, Issue 34, December 1, 2015

Birthday? August 13. Leo all the way!
When did you start writing? I wrote silly stories when I was a kid, but the first real story I ever wrote was in response to a ridiculous high school English assignment. The teacher wanted a 10-page essay on something I didn’t care about, so I complained and he gave me the option of writing a short story instead. I wrote a story about a kid who wanted to be a clown but his dad wanted him to be a stockbroker, so the kid ran away with the circus. Surprisingly, the teacher loved it, and so did my class. I realized that my words had the power to entertain. After that, I was hooked.
When and what and where did you first get published? This is my first official publication in a magazine, so thank you so much, NewMyths!
What themes do you like to write about? I like to write poetry that collides with genre fiction. My poem “An Android Primer” takes place in the world of my science fiction adventure series, Android X. It explores the themes from that series that I wasn’t able to go into very deeply in the novels, like technology, relationships between androids and humans, and life in the year 2300. Writing original poetry in my already-established worlds adds a third dimension to the story, which is why I love integrating the two mediums.
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? I love quirkiness, and above all, I love nontraditional characters. One of my favorite authors is Hans Christian Andersen---I love how he takes inanimate objects and gives them such personality that you root for them. That’s what I like to do in my own work—give emotions to underdog characters like androids. When you can get inside this kind of character’s head, your options are limitless.
Michael La Ronn writes poetry that collides with genre fiction, exploring what it means to be human through the eyes of nontraditional characters like androids. His writings are filled with quirky and imaginative humor. He is the author of over 20 books and has no plans to slow down anytime soon. Michael has a special offer for NewMyths readers at www.michaellaronn.com/newmyths