This week in our blog hop we're interviewing other authors!
Lela Markham is the pen name of an Alaskan novelists who was raised in a home built of books. Alaska is a grand adventure like none other with a culture that embraces summer adventure and winter artistic pursuits.
A multi-genre writer, currently Lela is concentrating on dystopian and fantasy, but you never know what her imagination might get up to.
Lela shares her life with her adventuresome husband, two fearless offspring and a sentient husky who keeps a yellow Lab for a pet.
Lela, the first question is: What sort of conditions are most conducive to your productivity?
My mother operated a daycare center out of our home when I was in high school, so I actually don’t have an “ideal” productivity zone. I don’t mind chaos, noise, etc. I write where I am and when I can, so I get a lot done.
Lela, If you had to co-author a book, who would be your ideal partner and why?
If I had to co-author a book – I wouldn’t choose to do that because I have been part of collaborative writing teams before and they usually don’t work out. But, if I HAD to – I think it would be my daughter. She’s an artist-musician who writes song lyrics – so a poet – and I would love to have a fantasy book with lots of musical poetry in it. I don’t care for my own poetry, but I enjoy hers. I think we could work together on a book where I provide the narrative and she provides the poetry, that way we would not step on each other’s toes and a collaborative writing team might work that way.
What's your least favorite aspect of being a writer?
Formatting for paperback. Ugh!
If you could have one superpower, what would it be, Lela?
I’ve always loved the idea of telekinesis, although I would settle for a magic wand that magically formats for paperback without costing any money.
What's your favorite food?
My dad was a professional chef and my mother was a diner waitress-cook, so I was not permitted as a child to develop a favorite food. You ate what they were serving and sometimes that was what the customers wouldn’t eat. So it would be easier to say what my least favorite food is than what my favorite is because I learned to like a lot of food. That said, my favorite cuisine is Chinese food. I cook a lot of Asian inspired dishes. And, I brake for chocolate cheesecake with a big mug of coffee.
Tell us about the one place you've been that you never want to go back to and why?
The Newark Airport. We got stuck there one time and it was horrible – confusing alleyways (I mean corridors) and rude people, maggots on the salad, filthy . The airlines wanted us to fly standby and send our 7 year old and 2 year old individually on different airplanes. They didn’t seem to think we should have a problem with that. So, I have tried hard to never fly through Newark since.
Lela, out of all the characters you've written, which is your favorite and why?
Wow, an absolutely favorite character? That’s sort of liking asking a mother which of her children she loves more. But… Jacob Delaney from Transportation Project series. He’s 95 years old, so has such a rich backstory to draw from … he’s outspoken, hardy, a devout Christian who loves his family fiercely … and he’s an anarchist.