Lyra Shanti is a novelist, poet, playwright, and songwriter. Her love of theater inspired her imagination, and also introduced her to her partner and soulmate, Timothy. Together they live in Florida where they are perpetually entertained by their two insane cats.
Author of the epic sci-fi series, Shiva XIV, Lyra is lover of nature, animals, anime, music, theater, movies, myths, and of course, books. Further information about Lyra’s stories, music, and more can be found at http://www.lyrashanti.com.
What drew you to writing?
I have been writing stories and songs since I was a child. Being a storyteller felt as natural for me as breathing. However, I didn’t start seriously writing novels until around 2010. I felt compelled to tell the tale of Ayn (Shiva the Fourteenth), a boy who was destined to save his dying galaxy. From there, I just couldn’t stop! I’ve written and published 3 Shiva XIV novels in the series with the 4th one available Autumn 2017. There will be a prequel after that as well. I have also published a poetry book entitled Sediments, and a novella called The Rainbow Serpent, which is a loose re-imagining of the Garden of Eden. Currently, I’m exploring the historical romance genre as I am working on a novel called The Artist.
Which of the authors you have read has had the most effect or influence on your writing?
Growing up, I was highly influenced by German author, Hermann Hesse. His books are often metaphysical journeys into the psyche with a beautiful, poetic style. I love many other authors, such as Tolkien, Rowling, and Pirsig. But it’s still Hesse who has influenced me the most.
What is your writing process?
Usually, I open the doc, stare at the screen, and just go for it. Depending on what the story is and how much planning needs to go into the project, I tend to let my mind roam free, putting down whatever words and images feel right. If it’s an epic story, like in Shiva XIV, that takes more plotting and notes, so I plan out a rough idea of each chapter. I then let the characters and story line flow naturally. I try to fit in what I can from my notes, but whatever is meant to be, will be! I find that kind of free-form creation the most satisfying!
Just for fun:
Name a book you have read more than once.
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse.
Name your favorite comfort or reward food.
Most anything chocolate, but I also adore sushi. If I consume both in the same day, I’m a happy author!
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