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Fletcher DeLancey spent her early career as
a science educator, which was the perfect
combination of her two great loves: language and
science. These days she combines them while
writing science fiction.
She is an Oregon expatriate who left her beloved
state when she met a Portuguese woman and had
to choose between home and heart. She chose
heart. Now she lives with her wife and son in the
beautiful sunny Algarve, where she writes full-time,
teaches Pilates, tries to learn the local birds and
plants, and samples every regional Portuguese dish
she can get her hands on.
LOTL finds out more about what inspired her to
write her latest novel, Projection.
What sparked the idea for this short story?
The characters in it may be minor, but I like them quite a lot and
felt they had chemistry together... and I wanted to see where that
chemistry would take them if given the chance. Turns out it took
them somewhere rather explosive.
Why is it a must-read?
Because it will probably steam up your windows just slightly, which
is often a good thing, and because it’s an excellent introduction to
both Alsea and my writing style for readers who haven’t heard of
me. I should probably add that if you’re looking for more steamy
windows in my Chronicles of Alsea novels, they do happen, but
not until Book 3. Book 1 has far too much action for any steam to
really fit in, and Book 2 is all about the romance and the slow build.
What draws you to writing science fiction?
The joy of creating a world—or even a universe—all my own,
complete with cultures, languages, politics, technology, and then
exploring how different people and races behave within those
worlds. Good science fiction is never about rockets and robots; it
is about people and their choices, and how those choices affect
them and the world around them. It is about the journeys of the
main characters and the changes they go through. Which is not
to say there can’t be rockets and robots involved, just that they
cannot be the point of the story.
How long did it take you to write Projection?
One afternoon. My wife and I were at our favorite getaway spot,
and I curled up in front of the giant window with its fabulous view
and wrote madly. It actually took longer to edit it—to really tighten
it down to the 2,000-word limit I was working with—than it did
to write it. I would not give a similar answer for any of my novels,
however! The Caphenon took over two years to write, though
much of that time was spent in fleshing out the details of the world
I was creating.
Are you working on a new novel? What can your readers
expect next from you?
At this very moment, in another window on my laptop, I have a
file open called “Catalyst.” It’s the working title of Book 4 in the
Chronicles of Alsea series, and I’m already 38,000 words into it. I’m
guessing it will end up just under 100,000 words (but I am a bad
judge of such things). This book tells the story of what happened
to Captain Ekatya Serrado and Dr. Lhyn Rivers after the end of The
How can your readers stay in touch with you?
They can keep up with my writing news at chroniclesofalsea.com,
where I have a blog as well as a ton of cool art, maps, and backup
information about the world of Alsea. I’m also on Facebook and
Twitter (@AlseaAuthor), and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I
really enjoy hearing from readers through any of those means—the
opportunity for a two-way connection between author and readers
is one of the truly marvelous things about today’s publishing world.
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