It is a pleasure to welcome Lyndi Alexander author of THE LOST CHORD.
Welcome Lyndi to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know you and your stories better.
What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?
THE LOST CHORD is a musical sequence of notes that can either heal or destroy a group of multi-dimensional universes in which our characters live. A prophesy from long ago tells that this chord may be produced by the vibration of seven souls—and the Conductor must find them all if he is to save everyone.
What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?
I’ve written young adult novels previously, but this one is special, because the heroine is on the autism spectrum. I’d raised one family and then remarried and ended up with three children on the spectrum, two boys with Asperger’s and a daughter with more “traditional” autistic traits. In this book, I was able to model Bee Warrick after my daughter Tasha, who not only educates the other teens on her fantasy adventure but also the readers of the book on the happy surprises that can come from being different, but not less than, neurotypical people.
What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?
I’ve been a published writer for over 40 years, and I’m not sure I really am sane, at this point. LOL! But I’ve been a single mom, and a law student, and a newspaper reporter, and a lawyer, and I’ve always needed to be strong and put myself out there. I think my characters—particularly the women in the Pittsburgh Lady Lawyers series—do reflect that need to overcome obstacles and make things happen.
What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others?
I had to learn about musical chords and composition and also string theory! It was a big stretch. Fortunately, they make an Idiot’s Guide to both.
What makes you laugh?
Watching toddlers enjoying themselves, giggling. Especially with puppies.
What makes you cry?
Watching Gandalf disappear over that ledge in Lord of the Rings. Kills me every time.
What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?
I’m a serious nerd, so all things fantasy and sci-fi. Writing as Lyndi Alexander, I’ve written a number of each category, and I do try to Easter-egg some things in each story that other nerds will appreciate.
Is there anything else you want to add about the story, series that has not already been mentioned?
The book may have an autistic heroine, but the story is told through the eyes of five other characters as well, including Cory Briggs, who’s a serious gamer and plays in a garage band with his friends, and Devlynn Kayne, who comes from a planet where blacks are the majority. Both boys and girls can find a character to reflect their point of view, and someone to identify with.
What is the best way for readers to interact with you?
They can leave word at my Facebook page, at Goodreads or email me at lyndialexander at gmail dot com. You can learn more about my latest release by viewing the Book trailer or visting THE LOST CHORD buy link page.