Q&A with Yoshiyuki Ly (Plus a FREE ebook!)

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And the winner is Samatha Luce! Congratulations!

Happy Sunday! I’m happy to introduce a new-to-me author Yoshiyuki Ly. She’s here to answer a few questions and give away a copy of her novel The Scorpion’s Empress.

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1. Introduce yourself to the rest of the class. Who are you and what makes you tick?

I’m Yoshiyuki Ly. Since I’m a quiet person, it’s easy for people to think that I don’t have anything to say at all. I’m only quiet because I’m focused on whatever universe I’ve thought up for a story. Social issues and philosophy are two topics I mull over a lot, and these definitely show up in my writing in some shape or form.

2. What does it mean to you to be an author? What makes a writer a writer?

For me, it’s about writing out what I feel and believe in. I’m unusual in that I take more inspiration from video games than traditional books. My style is more visual because of this. I do what works best for me, as should any writer.

3. Are you promoting a specific book? Tell us about it. Include the book blurb if you’d like.

Today I’m promoting my debut novel, The Scorpion’s Empress. It’s an erotic romance set in a fictional city of Tynan divided into a hightown, Eden, and lowtown, Elysium. When the main characters come together, they navigate the political machinations going on in the city. In between all of that, as the characters fall in love, their relationship helps them transcend the city’s problems. Here’s the summary:

After years of serving a corrupt government, Ser Videl, an idealistic paladin, learns that her younger sister is tangled in a dark scheme against Raj Mangala, the compassionate yet troubled empress of the city’s oppressed lowtown; the two women meet and are deeply drawn to one another, finding a shared sanctuary in their violently-divided city. The Scorpion’s Empress is intimately written through the eyes of both twenty-seven year old women.

Videl’s loving devotion is just what Raj craves, but Raj is wary of letting her guard down while protecting her throne. Determined to prove her worth, Videl chases after Raj and works to unravel the mystery of the plots against the empress. Raj wants Videl to serve her emotional and sexual needs, and the two explore a meaningful relationship of dominance and submission that delves fully into their deepest wants. When the conspiracy against Raj comes to a head, Videl’s loyalties are tested when she is forced to choose between her past and her empress.

4. Tell us about your biggest guilty pleasure. For example, do you sit naked in your pantry in the middle of the night and eat Nutella with your fingers?

Video game binges are the only thing that comes close to that. I’m not guilty about them. Except when I should be working.

5. Tell us one thing that you’re passionate about. For example, would you strap yourself to an oil rigging a la Lucy Lawless with a Greenpeace sign in your hands?

Growing up, I rarely saw myself reflected in TV shows or books. No one who looked like me or acted like me. It discouraged me from being an artist for a long time until the decision was made for me later on. I care a lot about writing books, especially romances, where different people can see themselves in my writing. Not just the same archetypes.

6. What’s your writing process? That is, do you have a particular place you write and/or time of day? Do you have any particular things you do before you write? (e.g. do you listen to music, drink coffee, take dance breaks…)

I know it’s terrible to work from bed, but that’s what I’m used to. If I’m feeling stuck on a scene, I’ll usually play Final Fantasy XIV online and listen to music. That’s one of the few games where I can think about—and feel about—other things while still playing well. Whatever playlist or song I have on repeat helps me envision the scene visually and emotionally. I need to get both of those aspects right from the conception before I write, even if it takes days or weeks or longer. I rarely scrap scenes from my stories. Getting it right the first time and then doing minor edits and tweaks later on is generally how things go for me.

7. Tell us something that most people don’t know about you (unless you’d have to kill us, in which case tell us something that some people don’t know).

I don’t get involved in certain situations because I’m a sensitive person deep down. People who know me from school would say that they thought I was emotionless or intimidating. That’s just my way of protecting myself. The times when I couldn’t do that ended up inspiring a lot of my stories. It’s tempting to seek out more, similar experiences.

8. Is there a book by another author that you wish you had written?

No, not anymore. There are a few games I wish I had written the story and dialogue for, like Shin Megami Tensei IV and The Witcher 3.

9. If time and money were no problem, where would you most like to go in the world?

Back home, wherever that is. I’d have to look for it.

10. And finally, what sorts of writing projects are next for you?

I have a distant sequel to The Scorpion’s Empress in pre-publication now. It’s called Venus and Lysander. It’s another show of fantasy, but this time with historical romance. I think we’re used to lesbian couples in period pieces having to hide their relationships. Because of the fantasy setting, I get to change the rules and show a charming relationship between two women in a Victorian time period. We’ll also get to see what happened to Raj and Videl after The Scorpion’s Empress ended. If you’d like to keep up with me and my writing, please follow my pages!


Blurb

After years of serving a corrupt government, Ser Videl, an idealistic paladin, learns that her younger sister is tangled in a dark scheme against Raj Mangala, the compassionate yet troubled empress of the city’s oppressed lowtown; the two women meet and are deeply drawn to one another, finding a shared sanctuary in their violently-divided city. The Scorpion’s Empress is intimately written through the eyes of both twenty-seven year old women.

Videl’s loving devotion is just what Raj craves, but Raj is wary of letting her guard down while protecting her throne. Determined to prove her worth, Videl chases after Raj and works to unravel the mystery of the plots against the empress. Raj wants Videl to serve her emotional and sexual needs, and the two explore a meaningful relationship of dominance and submission that delves fully into their deepest wants. When the conspiracy against Raj comes to a head, Videl’s loyalties are tested when she is forced to choose between her past and her empress.


Yoshiyuki Ly was born in San Diego, CA. She lived there until moving away to college. In high school, she began writing fanfiction as a serious hobby. Her pen name represents her multiracial heritage and a unique, diverse outlook that reflects in her work. She is a writer and a gamer.

Relevant links –
myBook.to/thescorpionsempress
http://www.yoshiyuki-ly.livejournal.com

http://www.facebook.com/yoshiyukily

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13 thoughts on “Q&A with Yoshiyuki Ly (Plus a FREE ebook!)

  1. I am very intrigued by this interview, maybe because I identify a lot with what she says about herself. I am definitely interested in this book!

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