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Sharon Lee

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Sharon Lee has been married to her first husband for more than half her lifetime; she is a friend to cats, a member of the National Carousel Association, and oversees the dubious investment schemes of an improbable number of stuffed animals.

Despite having been born in a year of the dragon, Sharon is an introvert. She lives in Maine because she likes it there. In fact, she likes it so much that she has written five novels set in Maine; contemporary fantasy trilogy Carousel Tides, Carousel Sun, Carousel Seas, and mysteries Barnburner and Gunshy.

With the aforementioned first husband, Steve Miller, Sharon has written twenty novels of science fiction and fantasy — many of them set in the Liaden Universe® — and numerous short stories. She has oc
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We don't, as such, outline. Going into a novel, we have an idea of direction, and three or four (or more) scenes that are needed to…more
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We don't, as such, outline. Going into a novel, we have an idea of direction, and three or four (or more) scenes that are needed to move the story forward. Now, there are two of us, and we do role-play scenes and bounce ideas off of each other, but outline, um -- no.

(Even in high school I was one of those kids who wrote the paper first, then back-engineered the outline.)

I know writers who live and die by the outline. I know writers who write outlines, and arrive at the second or third or whatever chapter, only to find that they have deviated from the outline -- and throw the outline out, which is the Only Sensible Way, as far as I'm concerned.

Me, I'm a finder. Even when I was writing singleton stories, I *found* my story, usually by meeting a character in my head and figuring out what kind of trouble s/he would get into. Or was already in.

For the Liaden stories and novels -- it's such a rich universe, with so many things left "lying about" to find that the stories form organically. Also, our novels are so intensely character-driven that we very often leave the figuring out of details to the characters, who are much cleverer than I'll ever be, most of them.

When we started writing Fledgling (which was supposed to be one book, but we underestimated the room we would need, so had to write Saltation), we knew 1. Who Theo was; 2. Who Theo's father was; 3. That her mother was a scholar; 4. That she had to, somehow, wind up in Jelaza Kazone's garden by the end of I Dare. The rest, we found out by writing the books.

. . .I realize that this may not be a very satisfying answer for you.


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Sharon Lee Well...The Way We Did It is that we published 3 books 'way back in the late 1980s with Del Rey/Random House. The books gained a following in the 10…moreWell...The Way We Did It is that we published 3 books 'way back in the late 1980s with Del Rey/Random House. The books gained a following in the 10 years after that publisher fired us, and before another picked us up. So that was 10 years -- pre-internet, recall -- where we kept writing books that no publisher would buy. When the new publisher came along -- wanting to reprint the original trilogy, we had four more books, already written, to offer him. We did a total of 10 books for that publisher before it went messily out of business, but! during that time, we continued to grow our readership. Also, since we can't seem to cure ourselves of writing short stories, we started a small indie press -- SRM Publisher -- to self-pub those. The short stories helped support us when the second publisher crashed and burned, and also helped convince Baen that our stuff had a market, and we were a reasonable risk for the house. What ALSO helped convince Baen was the success of our on-line novel, FLEDGLING, which is where I imagine you entered our timeline. FLEDGLING, and SALTATION, after it, were the successes they were because we already had an established readership.

SO...the short answer to your question is: You don't become an overnight success overnight. You need to grow your readership, and the only way I know to do that is to consistently write stories that people want to read, over years.

Good luck with your writing..

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So, three days of work essentially lost, which means I’ve gotta Write Like a Sonofagun.  Which I’ve been doing.  I’m just back from lunch, and thought I’d catch y’all back up before I got to work again.


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“Let us return to 'no'. It has the charm of brevity.”
Sharon Lee, Local Custom

“The thing to recall about Dragons is that it takes a special person to deal with them at all. If you lie to them they will steal from you. If you attack them without cause they will dismember you. If you run from them they will laugh at you.

It is thus best to deal calmly, openly and fairly with Dragons: Give them all they buy and no more or less, and they will do the same by you. Stand at their back and they will stand at yours. Always remember that a Dragon is first a Dragon and only then a friend, a partner, a lover.

Never assume that you have discovered a Dragon's weak point until it is dead and forgotten, for joy is fleeting and a Dragon's revenge is forever.”
Sharon Lee

“Every time you get the world by the tail, she thought, you gotta remember there's teeth on the other end.”
Sharon Lee, Agent of Change

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“The thing to recall about Dragons is that it takes a special person to deal with them at all. If you lie to them they will steal from you. If you attack them without cause they will dismember you. If you run from them they will laugh at you.

It is thus best to deal calmly, openly and fairly with Dragons: Give them all they buy and no more or less, and they will do the same by you. Stand at their back and they will stand at yours. Always remember that a Dragon is first a Dragon and only then a friend, a partner, a lover.

Never assume that you have discovered a Dragon's weak point until it is dead and forgotten, for joy is fleeting and a Dragon's revenge is forever.”
Sharon Lee

“No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.”
H.G. Wells

“No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.”
Samuel Johnson, The Life of Samuel Johnson

“In the year Ten Million, according to Koradubian, there would be a tremendous house-cleaning. All records relating to the period between the death of Christ and the year One Million A.D. would be hauled to the dumps and burned. This would be done, said Koradubian, because museums and archives would be crowding the living right off the Earth. The million-year period to which the burned junk related would be summed up in history books in one sentence, according to Koradubian: Following the death of Jesus Christ, there was a period of readjustment that lasted for approximately one million years.”
Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan




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