“What astounds me about L. Dacre is his ability to trail, not just theme and imagery, but powerful metaphor through an entire story, so that when you arrive at the end, there is no doubt whatsoever about the ride he intended to put you on.” — Jaime Dill, editor for Cardigan Press
What genres/age ranges do you typically gravitate toward in your writing?
A great question! On self-analysis, I find myself sitting (in a writerly fashion), with legs dangling precariously over the cliff’s edge of the YA age-bracket. Behind me, I’m grasping tightly, the foundational bedrock of times and places and the future, hinting at angst and humour in equal measure. All I can ask of myself, I suppose, is that I’ll write in a fashion that expresses the high points and delights of life. I like to think I am letting younger readers know that life has the prospect of getting awesome! And for older readers, hindsight is terrifically clarifying. If you THINK you’re interested in reading something by a writer who has Where’s Wally’s dress-sense, you’ve come to the right . . . book?
In what ways would you say your essay in Byline Legacies is similar and/or different from your usual writing?
Another excellent question! My submission for Cardigan Press (or . . . "The Cardi,” as I’ve affectionately labelled it—we do that in Australia, give things cute nicknames, even if they are unnecessarily needed) is a non-fiction vignette, speaking to two moments in my life and how they reminded me of one another, now being forever interwoven. Other than the letters I would share with pen-pals, or in writing to my cousins, my writing to date had taken a less philosophical or literary path. It was nice to write something true-to-life, in that sense. The work-in-progress that is currently getting my attention is loosely described as ‘Hard Sci-Fi x Dysfunctional Family vibes.’ Think: drone-tech hijinks, meteorological mysteries, a good serve of coffee-snobbery, basketball fanatics, and whimsy. Whatever I’m writing, I try to bring good humour, a sense of understanding, and a little self-deprecation.
How can readers best support your writing career at this time?
Another good question—seriously, who is behind this intelligent line of questioning? I’m slowly adding to a blog (aren’t we all . . . ?) and writing a lot of Flash Fiction, as this has that quick-returns-on-investment sensation that all writers should try and experience. Long-form stories take time to generate a sense of completion and therefore a sense of achievement. As I continue to explore that for myself, I’ll look to add anything particularly resounding to my blog. You’re all more than welcome to stop by and check it out HERE.
I also have a side project running on Twitter (@Elbow_Jumper) I’ve called #LibraryRun, where I invite published authors to send me the details of their book (author name, book title, ISBN, etc.) with an opportunity to have them ordered in at my local library. It’s my way of yelling into the void on Twitter—you know how readers will ask for ‘any good book recommendations?’ Last year I focused specifically on books published in 2019, this year I’ll do a shoutout asking for authors who were published in 2020. I put a picture up of me with the book in the library and everything, tagging the author in the tweet. It’s a nice feeling when I see the writers surprised reaction, that their little book is right here, in a little library in The Illawarra Shire, Australia. It’s a new library complex—open since 2018—so I am doing my little bit to fill it with great bookish finds by submitting a request to the library to acquire something of interest (prior to all the lockdown/COVID shenanigans I got 6-8 books in there, in various genres too)! I’ve met some of the most encouraging members of the Writing Community with this project, and whilst I try not to take myself too seriously, I am very serious when it comes to a great story and the writers who build them. I’ll be making a request for 2020 published works, so follow me on Twitter, and let me know what you’ve published!