Personal dragon trainer, lover of glitter, writer of fantasy.
Lichelle Slater is a USA Today Bestselling author and was nominated as Best Debut Author at UtopiaCon in 2017 for "Step Right Up." She currently lives in Salt Lake City, UT with her adorable King Charles Spaniel, Perseus, and works full-time as a special education preschool teacher. Writing is the only thing better than teaching.
She graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor’s in Creative Writing, Bachelor’s in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, Master’s in Listening and Spoken Language, and she’s working on another Bachelor’s in Special Education.
Every free moment she gets, she escapes into the worlds she creates and shares with readers.
One thing is certain: you’ll always find a dragon in her writing.
Welcome to the dragon’s nest!
The "Blog-ish" section is designed to help readers and writers alike. Are you interested in knowing how to plot? Do you need to know what to bring to that convention in two weeks? Perhaps you need to know how to make an origami dragon?
Whatever your purpose, welcome! I hope you can all learn some new skills by reading these posts. If you have questions or recommendations of things you would like to see added, just send me an email:
Q & A
Q: Where do you get your ideas?
I really get them anywhere. I got the inspiration for my circus series by reading, "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," and got an idea for a paranormal series by going to a Halloween ballet. Sometimes listening to music can show me a scene. A LOT of my ideas come while I'm dreaming, which is both good and bad because I feel like I never sleep!
Q: Why did you do a circus SPACESHIP?
I didn't want to do something that had already been done.
I wrote "Step Right Up" for UtopiaCon in Nashville, TN. It was the con's last year, and their theme was "Step Write Up." I thought it would be appropriate that my debut novel should be appropriate for the last year of the conference I'd attended 3 years previously. And then it spiraled into a series.
Q: What are authors really like?
We're normal. No, seriously. I met CJ Redwine a few years ago, because she attends a lot of the same conferences I do. I remember going with my friend to Arby's down the street for lunch, and she was walking there with a few other really "important" people. I use quotes because we see authors as these really amazing people, but deep down they're normal just like the rest of us.
I've also had the chance to dance with Chanda Hahn (a NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author), chat with her about her methods, etc. Ben Hale is also a really amazing guy--if you ever get a chance to meet him, he will remember your name (it's one of his things). Casey L. Bond is the sweetest person you'll ever meet. I could go on and on!
And I promise, we're just as excited to meet you!