TIH 167: Livia Llewellyn on Furnace, Childhood Dreams, and Managing Distractions

TIH 167 Livia Llewellyn on Furnace, Childhood Dreams, and Managing Distractions

In this podcast Livia Llewellyn talks about Furnace, childhood dreams, managing distractions, and much more.

About Livia Llewellyn

Livia Llewellyn is an award-winning writer of horror, dark fantasy and erotica, whose fiction has appeared in ChiZine, Subterranean, Apex Magazine, Postscripts, Nightmare Magazine, as well as numerous anthologies. Engines of Desire: Tales of Love & Other Horrors received a 2011 Shirley Jackson Award nomination for Best Collection, “Omphalos received a 2011 SJA for Best Novelette, and “Furnace” received a 2013 SJA nomination for Best Short Fiction. Her latest collection, Furnace, won This Is Horror’s ‘Short Story Collection of the Year’ in 2016.

Show notes

  • [03:05] Childhood dreams
  • [12:10] Dealing with traumatic college experiences
  • [14:00] Method acting to create characters
  • [15:45] Starting point for stories
  • [16:35] Lysette, via Patreon, asks about contributing to Dunham Manors Playhouse series, growing up in Alaska and Pacific Northwest, and characters inhabiting landscapes
  • [26:55] Proving worth to yourself
  • [30:00] Ordering short story collections and choosing the right opening and closing stories
  • [36:00] Current writing playlist
  • [48:25] Experiences working as a secretary that have helped shaped Livia as a writer
  • [51:45] Daily habits and rituals
  • [53:25] Discipline and managing distraction

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