Today I am interviewing Lee French, co-editor of the new fantasy anthology, Swords, Sorcery, and Self-Rescuing Damsels.
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DJ: Hi Lee! Thanks for stopping by again to do another interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Lee: Hello! I’m an indie fantasy and science fiction author, a member of SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America), and a co-founder of Clockwork Dragon, a small press based in Olympia, Washington. Some of what I write is Young Adult, but not all of ig. I also write cyberpunk full of sex, drugs, swearing, terrible people, and violence under the name L.E. French.
DJ: What is Swords, Sorcery, and Self-Rescuing Damsels about?
Lee: The anthology is collection of stories about women and girls who can save themselves from whatever peril they’ve fallen into without needing a ”traditional” (male) hero to ride to their rescue. Some are too young, others are past their prime. There are also a few with disabilities.
DJ: What were some of the inspirations behind Swords, Sorcery, and Self-Rescuing Damsels?
Lee: The process of editing an anthology has interested me for many years. How do they pick the stories? Why those people? What is the secret? I assumed there had to be some secret to the whole process, because otherwise everyone would do it. Since no one would tell me that secret, I did the thing I do, which is to try it and see what happens. Thankfully, I’m part of a regional writing group, Norwest Independent Writers Association, which was already producing an annual charity anthology. I volunteered to take over the editor position and got to work.
It turns out, that’s the secret: work. There’s no magic formula or anything. Like anything else, if you’re willing to put in the work, you can produce an anthology of quality. Once I’d done it, I knew I could handle doing it professionally, so I set to work on this premise. Other people have provided plenty of help along the way, including Sarah Craft, who’s done this before–many times–and arguably did more of the work than I. Jeffrey Cook was also particularly helpful in coming up with the title and parameters. Continue reading