Monday, May 11, 2009

Guest - Eilis Flynn

Good morning, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and for the Mom's, I hope you had a great, relaxing day yesterday.

Today we have the multi-talented Eilis Flynn visiting. She'll be talking about a somewhat unique approach to writing that I'm sure you'll find as interesting as I did.


Eilis Flynn has worked at a comic book company, a couple of Wall Street
brokerage firms, a wire service, and a magazine for futurists. She’s written a
variety of things that don’t seem to belong together, but they do: comic
book stories both online and in print, scholarly works in a previous life as a
scholar, book reviews and interviews, and articles about finance (at odds
with her anthropology background), before settling down to write romantic
fantasies about the reality beyond what we can see. She can be reached at, at, or at ECHOES OF PASSION will be on sale at on July 2, 2009.


The Smallest Thing

How often do we really look at the world around us? The veins on the leaves
on the trees … the stamens and pistils of the flowers (if you’re not
allergic; if you are, sneezing as you look too closely) … even the most mundane
items in your home. In my latest book, ECHOES OF PASSION, coming out in July, I decided to take a commonplace item and work it into the plot. And considering the book’s about a bounty hunter in a galaxy far, far away, in a time long in the future, it made for an interesting challenge.

What kind of commonplace items? Think, for instance, about your keys.

Whether it’s a house key or an apartment key or a car key, they’re unique,
they’re unmistakable (as keys, at least), and they even stand for something: entry. Or a pot: it stands for food, for nourishment, or even a weapon (depending on the kind of cook you are, maybe all three at once!). And think of what your shoes could stand for – travel, or protection, or even completeness (what’s an outfit without shoes, after all?). Now think about writing a story using that commonplace item. It could be fun – or it could be daunting.

As it turned out, I really enjoyed the challenge of incorporating a commonplace item in my story. I had been nervous about writing a sci-fi romance; fantasy I had written before (high fantasy with THE SLEEPER AWAKES, super-hero fantasy with INTRODUCING SONIKA, and reworking a Japanese fairy tale with FESTIVAL OF STARS), but space opera sci-fi was new to me – but once I got it through my head that a story was a story, no matter the trappings, it all made so much sense. And a love story is a love story, no matter what -- and that's what ECHOES OF PASSION is.

What about you? Look around you. What commonplace item would you work into your own writing?


Secrets can destroy, but they can also liberate

Neotia Prime...

The home world of the Neoti and the Vozuans was destroyed by a doomsday
device twenty years ago, but the troubles and the unrest that led to the event
still plague those who resettled on the twin planet. When Daegon Bosaru
arrives there, determined to find out who is out to smear his dying father’s
good name, he discovers that the tragedies of that civil war still haunt those
who remain. Not only that, the mysterious, beautiful woman he’s been seeing
in his dreams over the past twenty years may have information he needs, but
when he finally meets Imreen Dal in the flesh, she seems not to know him—and
further, she runs from him every time she encounters him. Why?

And rumors persist that the crazed dictator who set off the doomsday device
may still be alive…with fresh plans for conquest. Bosaru needs to find out
how his father, the mysterious Imreen Dal, and the madman are related…and
stop another world from being destroyed.

Eilis Flynn

ECHOES OF PASSION, on sale on July 2, 2009

INTRODUCING SONIKA, on sale now at,,


-- Lynda Again. I actually wrote a short story based on a dust bunny (kind of a humorous SF story) that was published...a whole bunch of time ago :-D

Hope you've enjoyed today's guest. Leave her a comment to let her know what you think of her idea.

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Jacqueline Seewald said...

An excellent observation! How often do we ignore what is right in front of us and would be perfect in a novel or short story?
I think Stephen King's talent has been to take what is normal and real, what we are all familiar with and then put a unique spin on it, whether paranormal or horror. We buy into his reality as readers because there is enough of what we experience in our world to cause us to accept and connect with his creations.

Jacqueline Seewald
THE DROWNING POOL, Five Star/Gale new release--check it out at Amazon, B&N online or request it at your local library

EilisFlynn said...

Jacqueline, that's why the Purloined Letter by Poe was amazing. Right in front of us, and yet ignored!

EilisFlynn said...

And Lynda, I've always theorized that dust bunnies had a life of their own. On occasion I kid that they have their own civilization. On occasion I'm not sure they're kidding!

Thanks for letting me post on your blog!

EilisFlynn said...

Okay, I'm not sure that I'm the one who's kidding. Ahem.

Mary E. Trimble said...

These are really interesting observations. "Think locally, write globally" isn't that the saying? I try to do that in my writing, too.

Mary E. Trimble

EilisFlynn said...

Best way to write -- your readers can get used to something that's familiar, yet very different.

Kytaira said...

I am completely lacking in creativity. Looking around me, I have a trio of cactus' that open during the day and close at night. Same concept as a prayer plant. I'd go with that. Maybe switch it around to opening during the night where no one sees.

Lynda K. Scott said...

LOL, Eilis. I'm sure dust bunnies DO have a life of their own...especially the sneaky ones in my house that hide when I'm sweeping or vacuuming only to jump out 30 seconds after I've put the broom/vacuum away :-D

EilisFlynn said...

I don't know why my comment to you, Kytaira, and you, Lynda, didn't get picked up! But anyway, I've always found cacti sort of threatening -- if nothing else, quite prickly (what if you were a balloon?).

And Lynda, I've always thought that dust bunnies have an evil sense of humor. Can't you hear them cackling right after you put away the vacuum cleaner and they present themselves?