Woo hoo! It’s interview time!
I mentioned yesterday how much I enjoyed a magical story with flying carousel ponies and a theme of mystery from L.M. Ransom’s Lift, and I am so excited that she was able to chat with me about her debut!
Have a love for ponies? Books? Star Wars?
If you answered yes to any of those, then stay tuned because this interview talks about all those things and more!
But first check out this beauty of a cover and meet her heroine, Charlotte Flynn. 😉
About the Book
For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Flynn, moving into the heart of the Michigan woods with her family is the biggest adventure she’s ever had. A self-proclaimed geek girl with a penchant for Sherlock Holmes, she wonders if she’ll ever have an exciting quest of her own.
But when she discovers an antique carousel tucked into the woods near her new home, her life soon spins out of control. For the ponies are so much more than their faded paint portrays. Filled with primal magic, the ponies are alive, and they have been waiting for her for a long time.
With the help of a young carousel caretaker named Black, Charlotte soon discovers that the Flying Ponies are in danger from others who want to possess them and their magic. Drawn into a battle for the carousel and ultimately the entire world while navigating her first true romance, Charlotte may have more adventure than she ever bargained for . . .
– Hi Linda! I am SO excited to be chatting with you today! For those who don’t know you, can you share three words to describe yourself?
Curious: I love doing research, I have a ton of it on Coney Island thanks to Lift!
Geeky: I love super heroes (especially Nightwing, Batman, Nightcrawler, and Iron Man), Doctor Who (my favorite is Eleven, Matt Smith), Star Wars, The Big Bang Theory, The Middle Man, Firefly, and have been getting into Stranger Things. I think it’s pretty cool that being a geek in today’s culture is much more acceptable than it was when I was a kid back in the 1980s.
Family-oriented: I love my family! I’m married to a great guy, and we have a son and daughter. We live across the field from one of my sister’s (she’s my riding buddy), and right down the road from my parents. My other sister lives about 20 minutes away, but we see each other a lot. Spending time with my family is important to me ?
– Love it! I have to admit I am so thankful that being a geek today is cool. 😉 You mention on your website that you and your high school friend would make up stories together and pass notebooks back and forth at school. Do you still have some of those notebooks? Do you remember some of the stories you both wrote in them? (That sounds like so much fun!)
That was so much fun! Sadly, I don’t have any of the notebooks anymore. The stories were about us in high school, just a lot more glamourous, lol! We were dating the boys we liked, and had fancy cars, that kind of thing. They helped us pass the time, especially in the classes we didn’t like. (I’m not a fan of math!) None of them had flying carousel horses in them.
– That sounds like so much fun! I feel that’s something I would have done if I would have thought about it. 🙂 You also mention on your website that fantasy and science fiction have always caught your attention. What are some recent books you have been reading? Have any recommendations for us? 🙂
I am a HUGE fan of the Marissa Meyer series, the Lunar Chronicles. They are retellings of some old but well-known fairy tales, including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White. I also love Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn. That is such a great story (I love the animated 1980s movie by the same name). I also read a lot of Star Wars fiction; one of my favorites is the Millennium Falcon, by James Luceno. Oh, and probably my most favorite novel is Ready Player One, by Ernest Clines. We just saw the movie for the second time – it’s not the same as the book, but there are a lot of the same elements and story points, and it’s on it’s way to being my favorite movie, too!
– Soooo many of my friends love Marissa Meyer’s novels, but I have yet to read one! I guess I need to remedy that. 😉 I am so excited that Lift has officially released! Since you have two horses, did they by chance influence your writing in any way? Are their personalities written into your story by chance?
Horses have always been a huge part of my life. I got my first pony, Misty, at the age of ten. From there I joined 4-H and showed in local shows and at our county fair. I also did some 4-H rodeo, too. I’ve owned six ponies/horses: Misty, Promise, Dipper, Romeo, Billy, and my current Foxtrotter pony, Blackjack (aka BJ). My daughter also has a horse, Mina, who is a Haflinger mare. The blue roan carousel horse in Lift, Bedlam, is influenced by BJ. They are both snarky and can be ornery. BJ is quite naughty; he likes to nip and lean on our farrier when he’s getting his hooves trimmed (which our farrier hates!). But he really is an excellent trail horse. As I introduce more of the carousel horses, I think some will be influenced by my horses, or other horses I’ve known.
– Wow! That is super awesome. When you were younger, how often would you try to ride a carousel at a fair or amusement park? What animal or seat did you always try to grab? (I had a thing for pale horses.)
I rode carousels whenever I got the chance! I would ride whichever horse grabbed my attention the most; I have always liked the armored (or charger) horses the most. But I love a pretty palomino, too! Even as a kid, I imagined that if you talked to a carousel horse, they would listen, even if they didn’t talk back. I’ve always had a wild imagination!
– I love that. This makes me want to go find a carousel to ride now! Hehe! I’ve heard on numerous occasions that most authors can’t choose a favorite character, BUT I wonder who you would want to hang out with for a day. Who’s the lucky character to hang out with you? What would you guys do?
I would choose Charlotte, my main character. She’s a geek, and loves Doctor Who and Star Wars, just like I do. We could spend the day watching the Doctor and obsessing over Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, and then watching the latest movie trailers for Avengers: Infinity War! She loves to read like I do, too, so we could also visit the local book store, or discuss the characters in the Lunar Chronicles. We could also go horseback riding…on real horses, of course!
– Ooooo, can I join? I would love to hang out with you both! Before we go, what’s one way you plan to celebrate the release of Lift? 🙂 Also, when can we expect book two?
I am having my launch party at the Book Nook & Java Shop, an indie bookstore in Montague, which is about 15 minutes from my home. I’ll be discussing writing and working on Lift, and selling copies and signing them. Then afterwards, going out to a favorite restaurant with family members ?As for Book Two, which is titled Tilt, I am working on it right now, and expect to have it out next spring. Book Three of the series (we’ll see if it goes beyond a trilogy), titled Spin, should debut in the spring of 2020. After that, I’ve got a few ideas I’m working out in notebooks, and we’ll see which idea gets the go ahead from my muse ?
– Oh, that sounds like so much fun and eagerly look forward to the release of Tilt! Thank you so much for chatting with me, Linda!
About the Author
L. M. Ransom lives in West Michigan with her husband, son, and daughter. She also shares her home with two crazy Dachsunds, and her heart with two naughty ponies. L.M. is a librarian by trade, and an author by passion. She draws from her lifelong love and obsession with all things equine to spin tales about nefarious carousel horses.
A self-professed geek girl, L.M.’s fandoms span the galaxy from Tatooine to Gallifrey, and back down to the seedy streets of Gotham City. As a Christian, she feels a calling to tell clean, intriguing stories for readers to escape into. You can find L. M. on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and lmransom.com.