Note: I wanted the title to be Badass Lucy but not everyone would get it. Everything about Lucy, from her thought provoking blog which is especially helpful to writers, to her fabulous book covers, to her You Tube videos is wonderful. Lucy, thank you!
About L.C.Mawson from her Website
I’m a hardcore nerd, with special interests ranging from Star Wars to writing to Rooster Teeth to baking…
For those who don’t know, special interest means a topic on which an Autistic person will research indefinitely, defying both sleep and food.
Basically, don’t expect to find me if RWBY just went live.
I usually write fantasy/sci-fi with Autistic characters because we’re awesome and there’s not enough of us unless you’re in the “issues book” section of the YA shelf… Also because teenage me deserved a book about a badass Autistic space pirate riding a mechanical dragon…
When I’m not writing, I’m studying autism from a sociological standpoint. And when I’m not doing that, I’m blogging about how allistic writers can better write autistic characters, and about my life as an autistic woman in general. I also review current examples of autism in media on YouTube.
A synopsis – Lady Ruth Constance Chapelstone never cared much for boys.
She was too fixated on fashion or engines to give them much notice. An “inventor’s disposition” is how her uncle referred to it when she would forget basic necessities, like food or sleep.
But proper ladies don’t spend their days reinventing the steam engine, so Lady Ruth’s uncle helped her to create a persona – The Owl: Britain’s greatest inventor.
The Owl is sought after, but so is Lady Ruth, and making sure that she remains free to pursue her inventions may take every ounce of her cunning.
The Clockwork Suitor is the first novella in the Lady Ruth Constance Chapelstone Chronicles and is available for free from all major ebook retailers.
Freya Snow is a YA urban fantasy series, following a sarcastic, bisexual, autistic angel from her early teens right up to adulthood as she tries to find her place in the magical world.
Book One: Hunt
When the Earth is reduced to a smoking crater, the only thing left to do is turn back the clock.
Lily Snow, granddaughter of Death and one of the most powerful magical beings on Earth, knows that her daughter most likely won’t survive in this timeline, so she gives her life to create another.
No one remembers the war between humanity and magical beings, and humanity has become altogether blissfully unaware of magic.
Freya Snow, now a sarcastic, awkward, probably-autistic teenager, has spent her whole life moving from foster home to foster home, wanting nothing more than to start living her life, rather than being stuck in the stasis of high school.
But when the ghost of her mother’s mentor appears to protect her from the demons hunting her, she finds that she should have been careful with her wish for change.
The world is a dangerous place, and a pup without a pack is nothing but prey.
Freya Snow Short Story Collection
Follow Freya’s adventures between books one and two of the Freya Snow YA urban fantasy series in these short stories.
This collection features four short stories, including Freya dealing with ghosts, magical colds, crushes on girls and autism tests.
Book Two: White
Demons were simple. Freya could handle Demons. Fae? Not so much.
Finishing her GCSEs should have been a cause for celebration for Freya Snow, the now renowned Demon hunter. Especially with her guardian promising to show her the rest of the city’s magical community.
But when a girl runs from prom at midnight, losing her shoe, and another pricks her finger and falls into a coma, it becomes clear that they’re acting out fairy tales.
When her foster mother sends an assassin to kill her and retrieve her heart, Freya realises that she’s under the curse too.
And she’s playing Snow White.
Some day her prince may come, but Freya’s not big on waiting.
White, the second book in the Freya Snow YA urban fantasy series, is available in ebook format on all major ebook retailers.
Book Three: Wings
Freya thought being in love with her best friend was hell. Finding out he was a Demon was worse.
With her guardian having let slip about her true lineage and her sister having left town after returning for a single day to deliver a cryptic warning, Freya couldn’t remember when she last felt more alone.
To make matters worse, something has upset the balance of magic in the town. Now unicorns and Demons roam the streets without a care for the humans who might see them.
Freya’s mother gave her life to keep magic a secret, but she’s not exactly jumping to do the same.
An Angel might be the only thing that can stop it now. If only they weren’t extinct…
Wings, the third book in the Freya Snow YA urban fantasy series, is available in ebook format on all major ebook retailers.
Books 1-3 Collection
Follow the Freya Snow YA Urban Fantasy series so far in this handy four-book collection.
Follow Freya Snow during her first three years as a demon hunter as she deals with being hunted, failing exams, faerie curses, trying to get an autism diagnosis, balancing her magic with girlfriends and boyfriends, and trying to figure out exactly how she fits into the dangerous world of magic.
The collection includes the first three Freya Snow novels (Hunt, White, and Wings) as well as the Short Story Collection and Family, the first short story following Freya’s sister Alice.
The Collection, is available in ebook format on all major ebook retailers.
Paperback coming soon.
Book Four: Oracle
What good is free will when you have no options?
Ever since Freya lost a week of her memory, she has been starting to burn out. Her grades are tanking, she can’t sleep for dreams of the Shadow Realm, and she hasn’t so much as spoken to Damon since they broke up.
So, when Fate gives her the opportunity to get out of the city to hunt down a missing Oracle, Freya jumps at the chance to leave.
But Freya quickly starts to get the feeling that the Oracle doesn’t want to be found, and that Fate may not be all that she seems.
When faced with the one being more powerful than her, all Freya has left is her wits. The question is, does she still remember how to use them?
Oracle, the fourth book in the Freya Snow YA urban fantasy series, is available in ebook format at all major ebook retailers.
Paperback coming soon.
Book Five: Witch
Ignoring magical politics was so much easier when it wasn’t killing her friend.
Freya’s first “real world” job is somehow going well. Pouring coffee is nothing compared to killing Demons, and she actually gets along with her co-worker Sarah. Though, it probably doesn’t hurt that Sarah’s a Witch.
But when Sarah is cursed, it’s up to Freya to figure out who’s behind it, before Sarah suffers permanent damage. Or worse.
When everyone else seems to put politics ahead of Sarah’s life, Freya’s going to have to break more than a few rules to save her friend.
WITCH, the fifth book in the Freya Snow new adult urban fantasy series, is available in ebook and paperback from all major book retailers.
Book Six: Enhanced
When magical beings start to disappear, it’s up to Freya to figure out who’s behind it. The problem? Her girlfriend is the prime suspect.
As far as Freya knew, the only downside to dating the new girl in town was that she was human and wouldn’t really get Freya’s whole magical vigilante thing.
But when Freya catches her girlfriend, Alex, holding her own against a demon, things don’t quite add up.
With a recent bout of scarily efficient abductions, everyone’s got Enhanced on the mind, the genetically-engineered human soldiers that fought magic last time it was exposed.
But they were wiped out, weren’t they?
When all the evidence points to Alex, Freya will have to choose between the woman she loves and the people she swore to protect.
ENHANCED, the sixth book in the Freya Snow new adult urban fantasy series, is available in ebook and paperback from all major book retailers.
Trapped – A Freya Snow Prequel
Lily Snow awoke in a medical facility with no memory of who she was or how she came to be there, bloodied and battered.
She’s told that she was attacked by magical beings, simply for being human. She’s told that she’s there for her own protection. She’s told that the medicine she’s taking is to help her recover.
But as her memories start to return, she’s not so sure that any of that is true. Not to mention the ghost who keeps appearing, and telling her to get out.
Before it’s too late.
Trapped is a prequel to the Freya Snow YA urban fantasy series and is available from all major ebook retailers.
An Interview with L.C. Mawson
How long did it take you to start writing in earnest once you knew that was what you wanted to do?
I, admittedly, wrote my first novel out of sheer boredom. I was on a work placement during a hectic time and no one wanted to give the new girl with no experience any important work. I spent a week in an office and only did one afternoon of actual work. So, I decided that was the best time to finally see if I could turn one of my online chapter-by-chapter fics into an actual novel.
Are you self published? Did you launch into self-publishing or did you try the traditional route first?
I’m self-published. I wrote maybe five novels before I had one that I was happy with, and I just happened to finish that one at the end of the second year of my undergrad degree. I spent the summer between second and third year sending my books off to agents, only to write another two novels before I got a single response. I realised that I’d have a library full of books before my debut even hit the shelves if I kept trying to go the traditional route.
Do you want to do a stand alone or series?
I’ve toyed with stand alones but they always end up evolving. I mostly write very large universes filled with several interconnected series, so there’s always room for the odd standalone within the larger world.
Do you jump right in to write once you get an idea, or do you plan and outline?
I have a big list of ideas that every new idea gets to stew in until it’s time for me to pick a new one to work on. Usually once I pick an idea from the list, I have a good idea of where it’s going. I’ll then write an extensive outline (almost like a screenplay) and edit that before writing the book out properly. There’s nothing worse than realizing you need an extensive rewrite after the book is finished.
Where do you write? Do you have any rituals or necessities when you write? Is noise a hindrance?I write anywhere. I have a little netbook that I stuck linux on, and I get about twelve hours of battery out of it. So, whenever I have five minutes, I pull it out and write. Usually I wear my headphones if I can (I’m trying to save up for Hear One earbuds because they’re AMAZING), and I’ve got a bunch of Spotify playlists filled with a lot of soundtrack music for writing to.
Do you write more than one piece at a time? What’s in the works now?
I’ve got an epic space opera series that I’m writing in chunks between other books, because otherwise the time commitment would delay all my other series, but I otherwise try to keep actual writing to just one book at a time. I’ll have others plotted or in editing, but actual writing is usually done one book at a time. Right now, I’m focusing on my urban fantasy series, Freya Snow, and the three upcoming spin-offs – a magical heist novella trilogy, a paranormal lesbian romance book, and a mermaid romance trilogy.
Your experiences must compel you to write! Readers want to hear whatever you have to say about that!
I’ll sometimes have overarching themes in works that have sprung up from me being annoyed at something or having something to say, and I’m always committed to diversity in my works because I know first-hand how affirming it can be to see yourself in a character, and how much easier that can make it for the people around you to understand you, but most of my experiences that make it into my writing are subconscious, and I don’t even notice until I go back to reread it five years later.
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