Quotes by: L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
|Leland Exton Modesitt Jr.
Modesitt at CONduit 16 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
October 19, 1943 |
||consultant, writer, poet
||Fantasy, Science fiction
I only did about one novel a year while I was working full time, but since 1993, I've averaged two and a half books a year.
If I recall correctly, I think I signed my first contract with Tor in 1983.
I've often said that there's no one thing that I do or have done that is particularly unique. There have been a lot of other authors who were in the military. There have been a few others who were pilots. There have certainly been a lot of other people who were in politics or served congressional staffs.
'The One-Eyed Man' is a novel that was one I never intended to write.
According to my royalty statements, 'The Green Progression' sold 392 copies in hardcover.
I actually started out as a poet in high school. I published in small literary magazines for probably about ten years. I entered the Yale Younger Poet contest every year, until I was too old to be a younger poet, and I never got more than a form rejection letter from them.
My experiences in the military, the private sector, and as a congressional staffer were at times almost enough to drive me crazy. Writing offered the all-too-often-cited creative outlet.
I started writing poetry in high school because I wanted desperately to write, but somehow, writing stories didn't appeal to me, and I loved the flow and the feel and sense of poetry, especially that of what one might call formal verse.
When I was in my late twenties, a friend suggested that, since I was an avid SF reader and had been since I was barely a teenager, that since it didn't look like the poetry was going where I wanted, I might try writing a science fiction story. I did, and the first story I ever wrote was 'The Great American Economy.'
Science fiction writers have usually been very poor prognosticators of the future, either in literary or technological terms, and that's because we're all too human and, I think, have the tendency to see what we want to or, in the case of those more paranoid, what we fear.