Catherine Lundoff is an award-winning bisexual writer, editor and publisher from Minneapolis. She is the author of the novel Silver Moon and the short story collection Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories as well as a number of pieces of short fiction. She is the publisher at Queen of Swords Press, a genre fiction publisher specializing in fiction from out of this world and she writes erotica and erotic romance as Emily L. Byrne.
A little bit more about Catherine/Emily; Catherine Lundoff lives in Minneapolis with her wife and the two cats that own them. She is an award-winning writer and editor whose stories and articles have appeared or are forthcoming in such venues as Respectable Horror, My Wandering Uterus, Tales of the Unanticipated, The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Professor Moriarty, Renewal, Callisto, The Cainite Conspiracies: A Vampire the Masquerade V20 Anthology and Nightmare Magazine: Queers Destroy Horror. Her recent books include Silver Moon and Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories. She also writes erotica and erotic romance as Emily L. Byrne. Catherine is the publisher at Queen of Swords Press, a new genre fiction publisher of tales from out of this world (www.queenofswordspress.com). When not writing or working on Queen of Swords, Catherine is a professional computer geek who enjoys science fiction and fantasy, good books and local theater.
Catherine/Emily identifies as Bisexual Queer and prefers the pronouns She/Her.
We sat down for an interview with Catherine/Emily;
1. Besides LGBT+ OwnVoices, anything else in your books OwnVoice (mental illness, physical disability, etc.)
Aging, death, change. love, and desire.
2. What is the best money you've spent as an author?
A book, workshop or residency that happened just at the right time. "Self-Editing for Fiction Writers" made me a much better self editor, for example.
3. Do you view writing as a "spiritual" practice?
I view it as an essential practice, something that would cause me to lose my tenuous grip on being socially acceptable if I stopped?
4. Have you ever googled yourself? Anything interesting?
Occasional blasts from the past and odd reviews.
5. What part of life do you write most about? (Child, Teenager, Adult, etc.)
Adults. Very much adults.
6. You've been transported to the world of Harry Potter! What House do you want to be in? Who do you try to date (if anyone)? Is Harry your BFF or the antagonist?
I think I missed the window on Harry Potter. Not really my speed.
7. You meet your favourite author! They tell you they've read your book and LOVED it! What is your reaction?
Flattered and thrilled! I thank them and say something nice about their work.
8. You're at the club (I know we're both probably introverts but like, play along) Your favourite song comes on! What is it?
Talking Head's "Life During Wartime"
9. You're transported to your WIP! What is your relation to the MC?
Member of the werewolf pack!
10. Anything else the readers of this world should know about you?
I have a more or less ongoing column on the history of LGBTQ speculative fiction that they should check out on Queer Sci-Fi
If Catherine/Emily seems like your kind of author, you can follow her on Twitter @clundoff/@emilylbyrne
She also has a personal website: www.catherinelundoff.net
Where Can We Find Your Books?
All major platforms for print and ebook - https://queenofswordspress.com/
I have a new book coming out on 5/23 - MEDUSA'S TOUCH by Emily L. Byrne (F/F erotic romance science fiction) and it will be included in a Pride Month StoryBundle with other queer books by queer authors. The StoryBundle charity will be Rainbow Railroad, an organization that helps LGBTQ folks get out of dangerous countries, like Chechnya. We raised a bunch of money for them last year and I'm hoping to get some boosting to do it again this year!
We thank Catherine for joining us today!
Tune in tomorrow for our next author, Kevin!