For our fifth contributor mini-interview we welcome Lydia Hall, who makes her first appearance in an SFFWorld.com anthology — in fact, this is her very first publication!
Lydia is an artist of three kinds: pencils, piano, and prose. She describes herself as quirky with a weirdly specific sense of humor, the result of a military childhood and exposure to literature at a young age. She appreciates good puns and thoughtful questions, which is unfortunate given what’s coming next…
- What was the first story you ever wrote, published or not?
It’s not the first story I wrote, but the first story I finished was a ridiculously cliched middle-grade fiction that will never see the light of day.
- Who’s your famous-around-the-whole-world hero?
I respect the street artist Banksy for challenging the world’s perception of art.
- Who’s your no-one’s-ever-heard-of-that-one hero?
Elizebeth Friedman, a cryptanalysist who cracked enigma codes during World War Two.
- What’s your secret weakness – Fire? Ice cream? Kryptonite?
My superpower is invulnerability. *wink*
- Ah, that’s a game-breaker–there’s a reason they added kryptonite to the Superman-mix! Well, what would it take to drive you to a thrilling life of crime?
I’d like to say something noble like vigilante justice, but I’d do it out of spite.
- Describe your superhero suit – spare no detail!
Black from head to foot. I’d have a mask with built in filters: night vision, x-ray, infrared, the works. Oh, and some sort of voice scrambling device to protect my secret identity.
- If you were Mayor of Pacific City, what would be your first abuse of power?
Mayors don’t have very much power to abuse, so I’d seize MORE power and then reform the education system without doing the paperwork.
- We’ve danced around this long enough: which are you, Hero or Villain?
Hero, I care too much about morals to be a villain.
A spiteful moralist–you don’t see many of them around (must be all the black suits at midnight). But not every hero (or villain) plies their trade in the darkness:
STUDENT OF CATASTROPHE — sometimes all you want to do is get to your safe, boring day-job without a mess of heroism, villainy, and off-the-cuff one-liners. Why does nothing ever go the easy way?
Many thanks to Lydia, more interviews are on the way!