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Interview with Lynne Stringer

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This week I am interviewing Lynne Stringer about her Series The Verindon Trilogy.







What was the most surprising thing you found out while researching/writing your series?

That my characters continually surprise me with the way they make the story go, rather than the other way around. They frequently take things in a direction I hadn’t anticipated.

Why did you choose this setting?

I enjoyed creating the world of Verindon and find it interesting because of the class distinctions there are, both within the Verindal race themselves and between the Vendel and Verindal races. Especially interesting for me are the restrictions placed on the Vendel people and what caused that, which comes out during the course of the trilogy.
The Verindal race is ruled by a monarchy and an elite class who are relatively fair, although they suffer from the main problem that many such groups suffer from—they have quickly grown out of touch with the public. They also, as with most power systems, have trouble with corruption.
The Vendel’s system is based more on voluntary servitude. Their special abilities make them valuable as security and police experts so they fulfill these functions and refuse to allow themselves the luxury of feelings such as love because it hinders their effectiveness. Theirs is a society that has gradually been restricted by its system until it resembles little more than an automaton.

What’s unique about your world?

Its sky is pretty unique but you’ll have to read the books to find out why. J

I’m not sure if the class structures I mentioned above are unique. I’m sure other novels have them too but I like the way the two races with their different ways of doing things have learned to co-exist relatively peacefully. The Vendel and the Verindal used to be constantly at war and only found peace once they were invaded by an off-world race, and although things haven’t been perfect, that peace has held for a thousand or so years prior to the time my trilogy is set.

How real do you think the science is in your book?

The science isn’t a huge element in my books. Perhaps that means it’s more sy-fy than sci-fi.

What did you include that you wish was real today?

On my planet computers can generate just about anything virtually. You can redecorate your whole house just by manipulating the computer program. You can create anything to wear by asking the computer to do it for you. I think that would be fun. J