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Today we have an author Q&A with Yoshiyuki Ly. And, as an extra bonus, she’s giving away an ebook copy of Venus and Lysander. Drop a comment in the space below to enter. I’ll draw the winner on Friday, May 12.
Introduce yourself to the rest of the class. Who are you and what makes you tick?
I’m Yoshiyuki Ly. I like experimenting with genres and finding fresh ways to say what’s inevitably already been said before. I don’t like feeling as if a book of mine is unoriginal.
What does it mean to you to be an author? What makes a writer a writer?
I spend a lot of time writing down the visual novels in my head instead of letting them go to waste. As long as someone puts their energy down in words, and they find some enjoyment in it, that makes them a writer.
Are you promoting a specific book? Tell us about it. Include the book blurb if you’d like.
Venus and Lysander. It’s a mix of historical romance and fantasy. Here’s the blurb:
Living as a nobleman and as a woman, Valerie of Lysander is sick of waiting for the world to change. The discrimination she suffers as an outcast builds into resentment. Once Val takes matters into her own hands, the whole Empire of Tynan feels her brand of justice. The Emperor’s adviser, Lucrezia of Azrith, wants more of Val’s ruthlessness—for revenge against the unjust, and for her own desires. Venus and Lysander is an intricate romance set in the fictional Victorian city of Eden, 250 years after the events in The Scorpion’s Empress.
Lucrezia is Lady Chancellor for the Emperor and a sorceress-in-hiding. She is forced to conceal her identity from the religious public for fear of death. As she learns to trust in Val’s chivalry and affections for her, they both fall for the softer sides behind their similar bulletproof personas. Lucrezia receives a mysterious warning about a sadistic enemy threatening the Azrith and Lysander families. Once they discover their nemesis’ true motive, Val and Lucrezia’s tyrannous devotion for one another is all they can count on to survive.
Tell us about your biggest guilty pleasure. For example, to you sit naked in your pantry in the middle of the night and eat Nutella with your fingers?
I’m pretty boring, so none of my pleasures are “guilty.” Or at least I don’t think they are.
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?
I’m big on fairness and justice—or at least personal justice.
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 write whenever I feel like it. I tend to finish a whole chapter in one sitting, think about the next one for a few days and how it fits into the whole book, and then write up the next one.
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 do know).
Last time, I said that I’m sensitive. Let’s stick with that.
Is there a book by another author that you wish you had written?
Nothing other than the one I mentioned in my last interview here.
If time and money were no problem, where would you most like to go in the world?
I’d rather buy a bunch of old video games that I missed out on and experience those worlds. Video game worlds inspire me more than anything else, save for my own personal experiences.
And finally, what sorts of writing projects are next for you?
I’m finishing up the third book in a trilogy that wraps up the story surrounding The Scorpion’s Empress and Venus and Lysander. I wrote all three books as standalone titles with different levels of romantic intensity. This third title goes in a new, unexpected direction in terms of romance compared to my first two books. I hope readers will find it exciting, eye-opening and thought-provoking.
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.