Meet Lynda Williams, author of the Okal Rel Universe series
Lynda is the author of the ten-novel Okal Rel Saga (Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing) and the editor of the Okal Rel Legacies series (Absolute Xpress). On Reality Skimming (okalrel.org/blog), she works with David Juniper, Christel Bodenbender and David Lott to celebrate the Okal Rel Universe in particular and the joy of writing and reading in general. See http://okalrel.org/contribute/ for how to take part on Reality Skimming to promote your work or share your love of words and ideas.
As long as she can remember, Lynda was a writer. As a teenager, she got serious and The Okal Rel Universe was born. She published Part 4 of the Okal Rel Saga, Throne Price in the late '90's with Allison Sinclair and has since published numerous Science Fiction novels and anthologies.
Lynda works in the field of applied technology for education. She has also worked as a reporter for a newspaper, a programmer, a crisis counselor and half a dozen other things. Lynda loves to teach and has taught applied computing for many years.
If she had to do it all over again and couldn’t be a writer, she might have studied bio-science and conduct research in genetics. Or be a lawyer specialized in either digital rights or bio-science complexities. Her real dream job, though, would be Ranar’s. Ranar is the cultural anthropologist in the Okal Rel Saga who comes from a very civilized world but is fascinated by the violent dynamics and genetic capital / sexual politics of the Sevolite empire.
Lynda is married to David Lott and has three beautiful daughters who are all devoted fans of the Okal Rel Universe. She lives in Burnaby, BC and she works at SFU as a Learning technology manager and analyst. She also teaches web development at BCIT.
She is a whirlwind of activity and a force of nature, and rumour has it she never sleeps...
Follow her on Twitter: @okalrelsrv
- Richard Bartrop
- Jeff Doten
- Yukari Yamamoto
Sarah Trick is a writer and academic living in Toronto, Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Humanities from Carleton University where she studied the classics of the Western canon. Sarah writes and edits for the Reality Skimming blog.
Richard Bartrop got involved in the Okal Rel Universe when a friend mentioned that Lynda was looking for artists for a project. He contacted her, they got to talking, and the rest, as they say, is history.