Genre Chick Interview: Maya Lassiter

May’s Month of Writers Blog Festival brings you an interview with a my friend and fellow Codexian: SF author Maya Lassiter.

Maya recently interviewed me on her blog for her “How Writers Do What They Do” series — it’s only polite that I return the favor!


Mac or PC?

Coffee or Tea?
Coffee.  Definitely.

Travel the World or Travel Outer Space?
Stay at home with my cool family and all my things just the way I like them.

Fantasy or Science Fiction?

Music or Silence (while you write)?

What weird food do you like?
I’m addicted to Sriracha hot sauce.  I put it on everything.

What is one of your most irrational fears?
Becoming hunchbacked.  I’m not kidding!

Will you be watching the Royal Wedding? Why or why not?
No thanks.  Too long.  I’ve got stuff to do.

How many novels/short stories/screenplays/poems/etc have you published?
One short story, one novel on the way.

How much do you write every day?
1000 words or one hour, whichever comes second.

How much do you WISH you could write every day?
Two hours would rock.  Plus some noodling around time.

What are you working on now?
Drafting novel #8, editing novel #7, publishing novel #6.  So many projects, so little time!

If you could write like one author, who would it be?
Ursula Le Guin.

If you could be one superhero, or have one superpower, who/what would it be?
Happiness. Maybe the Buddha?  I know, I’d own an Empathy Gun.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done?
Given birth, helped save hundreds of acres of Hawaiian rainforest, written novels, kept bees, unschooled my kids, podcast a novel, tandem skydiving, midwife to goats

What’s the coolest thing you’re about to do?
Publish Conjuring Raine.  Open an Etsy shop with my daughter who designs clothes that we dye and paint.

Name at least three things on your List of Things to Do Before You Die.
Have my children become my adult friends.
Drink espresso at a cafe in Paris.
Have twenty books out.
Full dropback to backbend.


Maya Lassiter is a novelist and author of the upcoming Conjuring Raine.  She is also an unschooling mother, yurt dweller, goat keeper, yogini, and a half-dozen other things on any given day.  She has been published in Realms of Fantasy, and holds an MFA in Writing, but her best accomplishment so far is her crazy, peaceful, fun, happy life.  She can be found online at her blog,