I want to welcome Laura Lux, the author of several gay fantasy tales–from medieval and historical fiction to the new Elf Thief series, to the J. Ashburn Blog. Thank you Laura for taking the time to do this interview.
When did you first start writing fiction? Oh, I’d say when I was a teenager. I doodled a lot in school, scribbles, sketches, poems, short stories. I loved telling stories.
Did you have any formal writing training or education? No, not really. Just lot’s of practice at home.
What drew you to fantasy fiction? My mom. Lol. She and I used to watch all kinds of fantasy movies when I was a kid from Conan the Barbarian to old seventies movies like The People that Time Forgot and At the Earth’s Core. But some of my favorites were the animated stuff like The Last Unicorn, Wizards and The Hobbit. The Hobbit was one of the first fantasy books I read. I get all of my talent from my mom, she encouraged me to write and she was a little bit of a writer herself.
What made you decide to feature gay characters in your work? My older brother was gay and I always wanted to feature more gay characters in my work because I felt they weren’t really given any attention. In fact, not many appeared in fantasy stories at all. So I started writing stories about gay men finding love in dangerous fantasy worlds.
Where do your ideas come from? I definitely know I was influenced by the classics in fiction and on TV but I try to make the stories my own. I mix influences and come up with other cultures similar to Vikings, Celtic tribes, Roman and Greek. Then I add some mystical elements or mythology. I find it to be really fun.
What do you do to tackle a project? Do you write outlines or keep it all in your head? No outlines for me. I write as a I go. Sometimes I jot down notes as I work on the story but mostly I see the scene in my head and just report what I see… lol.
Did you ever feel uncomfortable writing the “steamy scenes?” I was waiting for this question! 🙂 At first it was strange but now it’s no big deal. I must admit that I get a thrill out of sprinkling those loves scenes throughout the story.
How does your family react to you writing erotic romance or do they know? They know I write. That’s about it. I just tell them I write fantasy fiction and that’s it.
Have you ever thought of trying another genre? Sometimes. I like science fiction and horror too. I may even try some steampunk, not sure yet.
What do you like to read when you’re not writing? I like Tolkien, Ursula LeGuin, I also like discovering new authors in fantasy and sci-fi fiction.
What current projects are you working on? Right now I’m in the middle of a new series about a gay elf thief. It’s my most ambitious series yet. Most of my tales have been two book series. So far with this one I have 3 tales with my new elf character and I’m hoping for a bunch more. It’s called Tales of an Elf Thief.
What does the future hold for Laura Lux’s fiction? Many more gay fantasy tales I hope!
Where can readers find you and your work? I have a facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009505140504 Other than that… you can find me on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. 🙂
Girl, we need to get you an official website! Thanks so much for taking the time to do my interview, it was fun for me, how was it for you? Lol. Thanks for having me J! It was so much fun.
Check out Laura Lux’s titles below and get lost in her fantasy worlds.