Adria Laycraft has stories in IGMS, the Third Flatiron Anthology Abbreviated Epics, FAE, OnSpec Magazine, Tesseracts Sixteen, James Gunn’s Ad Astra, Neo-opsis Magazine, and Hypersonic Tales, among others. She is a graduate of the Odyssey Writers Workshop and a member of the Imaginative Fiction Writers Association (IFWA). Adria is also an award-nominated editor. For more details visit adrialaycraft.com.
Are your characters based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Thankfully, no. These people are creations based on my research into abusive relationships.
Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?
My fave is Dreya from ‘A Place to Be’ (On Spec, Winter 2013) because she has optimism and the guts to believe in a better world.
Is this your first time writing about corvids and/or scarecrows?
No, I have a magpie character in a novella called ‘Circlewood’ where a magical forest becomes a prison for those who wield magic.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
You mean I’m supposed to enjoy it? All kidding aside, I love getting lost in a story, mine or another’s.
Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?
No subject is safe, ever. Nothing is set in stone if you are fearless. A good friend told me that once when I was afraid of what I was writing about. Another author, Holly Lisle, says, “Dare to say the things that scare you…those are the things worth saying.”
What book are you reading now?
I am re-reading out of my home library to remember why they are worthy of being part of my collection. Some will be donated and I will purchase an ebook copy if I ever want to read them again. I have a plan to live a vagabond life in my fifties, so having an extensive paper library won’t work. That said, there are books in my collection that will be safely and carefully stored away, including all the signed stuff and my friends’ works, so I can rebuild a proper library when I settle in one place again.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
One that comes to mind is Maggie Stiefvater. I loved ‘Raven Boys’ and ‘The Dream Thieves’, and next to read is ‘Blue Lily, Lily Blue’.
Do you see writing as a career?
Because I am also a freelance editor and copywriter, yes.
Do you nibble as you write? If so what’s your favorite snack food?
No, but I do drink a lot of tea.
Do you have any odd habits or childhood stories?
My whole life is an odd habit!
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Living on the road, going where I want, when I want, and seeing all the beautiful places…but most importantly, listening to all the stories that those places have to tell.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yeah, the writing. This time I’m serious.
What reward do you give yourself for making a deadline?
Time in nature.
What genre is your next project? What is it about?
My WIP is Urban Fantasy that is a total nod to Charles de Lint, but goes in very different directions and explains both why the Fae have disappeared and why we love our fur babies so much.