Today we’re joined by Calista Lynne, a fantastic writer from London. Her first novel is going to be released on July 14th and is available for pre-order now. Aside from fiction, Calista is also a freelance writer and editor. She has such a wonderful enthusiasm for the art of writing and is definitely an artist to keep your eye on. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I am an author, freelance writer, and editor whose first novel is being released on July 14 and is currently available for pre-order. It is a young-adult fantasy novel but reads a lot like a contemporary romance. Also the main characters are asexual females, which just sweetens the deal.
What inspires you?
At the moment I live in London. Spending time alone in this city- riding the tube, getting coffee, working, studying- is an inspiration machine.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
From a young age I’ve always been a pretty decent writer so it almost seemed silly not to go into that. I’ve definitely honed my skills a lot growing up, but it’s not like I ever needed to learn how to write. I was just able to.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Learn about the comma splice, then go and experience as much of life as you can manage.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Not absolutely positive. At the moment I have three groups of people calling me three different sexualities, none of which are asexual, and they’re all wrong. I’m hoping it becomes clearer to me with time- my goal was that I’d figure it all out in London although that hasn’t happened yet- but I believe I’m somewhere along the lines of gray-Ace.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That it isn’t real. I constantly feel the need to, shall we say, pull out my receipts that this is a legitimate sexuality. Whenever I see someone with more influence than I using the term it makes me so happy because they’re more likely to be listened to.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Same. If I can do it, so can you.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Pre-order my book here:
Thank you, Calista, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.