April 18, 2012

Interview with Lee Martindale #Outlantacon #scifi


Ladies of Trade Town.
Welcome to Romance Lives Forever, Lee! What made you decide to become an Outlantacon guest?
That's an easy one: Outlantacon is one of those conventions I miss only under extreme duress. It's a near-perfect combination of con-comm and staff who know what a good convention, particular a good Southern convention, should be, good guests, great programming, and fans who make every minute a delight. In other words, it's a blast.
I've been an activist for human and civil rights, including GBLTQ rights, for more than 40 years. And I've been doing GBLTQ panels at regional conventions and WorldCons, for close to two decades. As long as the community is open to the idea of allies and having the "straight but couldn't be narrow in a +3 combat corset" viewpoint at the table, I'm there.
How did you hear about Outlantacon?
The first Gaylaxicon to which I was invited was the one held in Atlanta in (I think) 2006. Many of those same folks make up the con-comm for OutlantaCon.

What panel are you looking forward to the most?
Besides all of them? Well, I'm hoping to continue my run of occupying the "Fannie Flagg Memorial Seat" on the Match Game, and I look forward to being involved with the track for aspiring writers.
Do you play role playing games? Which ones?
I haven't played in quite a few years, but I used to. My introduction to RPGs came when I was being pulled into a test-play group in the early 1970s for a fantasy-based tabletop game, which came out later as the First Edition of "Dungeons and Dragons". I played more or less regularly until I started writing for a living in the mid-1990s.
What new project are you working on now?
Several new short stories, converting Prejudice By The Pound into ebook form, putting together a collection of my works-to-date, and adding to two novels to keep the folks who insist that I should write novels at bay. I'm also doing the preliminary work on a non-fiction guide to traveling for mobility-challenged people.
How do you come up with ideas?
The trick is *not* coming up with ideas, particularly when I already have works-in-progress on my plate. Something my husband says, a phrase from a song lyric, a news story, a snatch of overheard conversation, a photograph...any and all of these have tripped off story ideas at one time or another.
What is the most important thing you do for your career?
Being professional.
What do you enjoy most about life?
Surprising people, especially people who look at me – old, fat, paraplegic, in a wheelchair – and see "easy target", "helpless", "dim-witted", and some other bit of stereotypical nonsense printed across my forehead. I take a great deal of pleasure in disavowing them of those erroneous notions.
How do you balance life with deadlines and work?
Prejudice by the Pound
Deadlines and work are a part of life and, to me, an enjoyable part of it. Without deadlines, without work, I'd be inhabiting an existence where I was a "dependent", and that scenario doesn't appeal to me at all. In practice, I treat my work as I did when I was working in the corporate world: more or less regular hours, with the occasional firedrill, death march, business trip, quiet period, and household time.
Do you think keeping secrets is good or bad?
Neither. Every secret is different and a case of situational ethics.
List two authors we would find you reading.
Anne McCaffrey and Jim Butcher.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Hell on Wheels
What's the best way to say no?
Straight up. Beyond that, it depends on the circumstance. I've written a lot of rejection letters in the course of editing two anthologies and, while I don't have time to do a full critique when reading slush, I do try to give some idea of why a story is being rejected. In the case of a contracts, I tell them why I can't sign it. In the case of polite requests for my "company", I thank the individual for the compliment s/he's paid me before declining.
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
The same area in which I live now. It suits me.
What song would best describe your life?
"Defying Gravity" from the musical Wicked.
Tell us an embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant other will do. ^_^
Sorry, no. The rule around here is that I get to do what I do and the husband and cats get to maintain their dignity.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
"That which does not kill me better make damned sure I don't get up."
What's currently on the shelves and where can it be found?
My latest work is an anthology I edited called The Ladies of Trade Town. Fifteen science fiction, fantasy, and related-genre stories, including works by Cecilia Tan, Catherine Lundoff, Jana Oliver, and me, centered on the women, men, and others who ply "the world's oldest profession". It's available trade paperback directly from HarpHaven Publishing and from Amazon.com, which also has it in ebook for the Kindle. For those who favor Nook ebooks, that can be found at BN.com.

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I love pizza with extra cheese and good company.
Lee Martindale
I'm always ready for a nap.
When I'm alone, I hum, read out loud, and hold conversations with my cats.
You'd never be able to tell, but I have a secret life as a sex symbol.
If I had a halo it would be due to a serious mix-up in Front Office.
If I could walk I'd dance.
I can never accept "I was only joking" as an excuse to say mean things because deliberately hurting someone is no joke.

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3 comments:

  1. now that's my kind of pizza, Lee! Welcome to the blog - hope you enjoy your day here. ^_^

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  2. Great interview! I wish I could get to Outlantacon more often. Too many cons, too little time!

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  3. Thanks C! :) It's good to hear from you. We had fun at this con the year you were there. I just reread the story you shared at the Bedtime readings. Been trying to decide what to read this year!

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