|A Conversation With Jonathan Fesmire|
|An interview with Lisa DuMond|
| October 2005 |
I'd like to have all my forthcoming books linked, so that a careful reader will figure out that they all take place in the same greater universe. Stephen King did the same thing, with most of his books connected to varying degrees, only when he first started doing this, I don't think it was completely intentional. I enjoy finding these connections in his books, and felt inspired to do the same in mine.
So, expect my future novels to be linked, even if only by narrow threads. Taibril probably will not fit into this new spectrum. I'm not sure why, but I feel as if Taibril is all that much stronger for being a solitary world.
We've all heard how twins, both fraternal and identical, tend to be closer than ordinary siblings. Now, imagine taking twins and magically binding them so that only one at a time can be present in our reality. The other shifts back into a pocket universe, safe from the world, but unable to interact with it.
As a pair, they are called "duals," and each twin therefore is a "dual." The overt dual can interact with the world like anyone else. The covert dual is psychically linked in to the senses of the overt twin, experiencing life but unable to act. They do, however, share a telepathic connection, and are able to think to each other.
Also, they must regularly switch places. To the casual observer, this looks like shape shifting. There are also some magical techniques duals can learn to make their lives easier. Readers can learn more about that in Children of Rhatlan. Perhaps the most interesting type of duals are those like my characters, Garum and Vayin, a brother and sister. There is tremendous prejudice against duals for a number of reasons, making secrecy a must.
Then, three years ago, I started working with Poser and other 3D programs. After I learned the basics, I was producing art that I liked. I've been getting better every since. When I released Amber in the Over World and Tamshi's Imp, doing my own covers seemed an obvious choice. And yes, it does have the advantage of cutting out the middle man! "There is good news. I just saved a bundle on my cover art by doing it myself."
In between reviews, articles, and interviews, Lisa DuMond writes science fiction, horror, dark realism, and humour. DARKERS, her first novel, was published in August 2000 by Hard Shell Word Factory. She is a contributing editor at SF Site and for BLACK GATE magazine. Lisa has also written for BOOKPAGE, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, Science Fiction Weekly, and SCIENCE FICTION CHRONICLE. You can check out Lisa and her work at her website hikeeba!.
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