Author Interview, Lianne Simon


Interview #63, with author of “Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite”: Lianne Simon!

Describe yourself in 5 words:


Christian housewife writing about intersex.

Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):


From Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite:

Blurb: Jamie was born with a testis, an ovary, and a pixie face. He could be a boy after minor surgery and a few years on testosterone. That’s what his parents always say, but he sees an elfin princess in the mirror. To become the man his parents expect, Jamie must leave behind a little girl’s dreams.

Excerpt: “I’m sorry, Jameson. Are you okay?” Dad knelt down and hugged his little princess tight, but the disappointment in his eyes hurt her worse than the ball had.

Share an excerpt of your favorite author’s work (10-100 words):

“I look down the lonely, silent vista of my coming years, whose niches are filled not with joy, but quiet resignation—and I see beyond the calm shores of Rest, where, if faithful here, you and I may clasp hands forever.”

Macaria, by Augusta Jane Evans

Comment on the writing versus publication process, in your experience:

Writing is much like motherhood. A fertile seed within you grows — a life of its own. The newborn cannot survive without your tender care and patient attention. Only later will you send it out into the world. But between writing and publication lies the agony of childbirth — finding an agent or a publisher — when all you care about is giving birth to your child.

I love the analogy :) What is your definition of “good writing”?

Good writing conveys just enough of the author’s imagination to set the reader’s on fire.

Sweet! Please share your #1 tip for writers:

Your heart, your life blood — make it flow into your characters’ veins. That makes you vulnerable, but it can also make your characters memorable.

Yes, indeed. Your websites/blogs/etc:

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Much thanks to Lianne for stopping by — do visit her website for more info about her and her experiences with writing/publishing. She has very detailed posts on book cover designs too!

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