SUPERVERSIVE SPOTLIGHT: WILLIAM LEHMAN

How long have you been writing?

I wrote some poetry shortly after I joined the Navy that never got published, put it all aside, and lived.  Then the writing bug struck in about 2000 and I started writing what would become the first John Fisher book.  Like an idiot, I didn’t follow Heinlein’s advice, I didn’t write anymore until that once got published in 2014.

Which writers inspire you?

Oh, the list is long and not very distinguished.  RAH of course, Webber, Ringo, Drake, Pournelle, Hoyt, and many more.  I’m one of those pathological readers who will read almost anything, and all of it becomes grist for the mill.

So, what have you written?

I have a series of Urban Fantasy novels out, “The John Fisher Chronicles” with a new one of those “Shadow War” coming out as soon as my publisher can finish the proof corrections.

A Few short stories, Two in the Fisher universe in: “Secret Stairs a Tribute to Urban Legend,” and “Can’t Go Home Again.” A deep background for the Space opera that I’m working on, in the Planetary Anthology Series “Luna” and a couple more coming out soon… All available on Amazon.

I also do a weekly blog published on Thursdays by Thehashtag.us on current events, geek culture, and the US Navy called “The Scuttlebutt.”

What draws you to Superversive writing?

I really object to “message fiction” where the story is subservient to beating the reader to death with your message.  Mind you, I don’t mind your having a message, most writing does… Hell, Heinlein’s work almost always had a message.

I don’t even need to agree with your message (for example I don’t always agree with Elisabeth Moon’s stuff, but she writes an engaging yarn, so I don’t need to agree with her to enjoy her work.) BUT the book should be more than just PREACHING your message… that’s what op-eds are for.  I do them, but I don’t try to sell them as fiction, I’m quite up-front that this is an opinion piece.

What are you working on at the minute?

Scoutship Trigger. It’s a space opera that takes place about two hundred years from now.  This will be book one of a series that follows a junior officer through Humanities first major interstellar war. Scoutships are small, and the fastest ships in the fleet, they serve in the same role that Submarines served in WWII

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

See above.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

I have an author presence and bio on Amazon, do weekly blog posts on Hashtagmedia, and can be found on FB.  A warning, my facebook presence under my name is political and unfiltered.  If you just want to follow my fiction work, please go to the “author william lehman” page.