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  1. Author Interview with Lya Badgley 22:44

Author Bio
Lya Badgley was born in Yangon, Myanmar. The child of Montana parents – a political scientist and an artist – she grew up in a household that encouraged critical thinking and creativity. After dabbling in retail management, Lya moved to the Pacific Northwest in the eighties, becoming a part of the Seattle arts and music scene. In the nineties, after a decade of life as a struggling poet/ musician, she returned to Southeast Asia as a videographer on a clandestine expedition interviewing Burmese insurgents. A year later, she was working as director of Cornell University’s Archival Project, microfilming documents at Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide in Cambodia, helping to bring war criminals to justice. Finishing that, she managed the first foreign-owned project of its kind for the time, opening the 50th Street Bar & Grill Restaurant in Yangon, Myanmar. Since then, Lya has been an elected city council member and a dedicated environmental activist.

She is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and Hugo House. Her first self-published novel, The Foreigner’s Confession, was released to good reviews in February of 2022. Her second novel, The Worth of a Ruby, launched November 2023. Badgley lives in Snohomish, Washington, and is working on her third novel set in Bosnia.

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00:15 Introduction
1:42 What is your book about?
2:46 What inspired you to write your book?
5:34 When writing your book, who were you thinking of who it is for?
6:25 How long have you been writing? What made you really start?
7:33 What is your schedule like when you are writing a book?
8:43 Is there anything you need in your writing space to help you stay focused?
9:31 What is your favorite writing snack or drink?
10:14 What type of books do you personally enjoy reading?
11:11 Are there any books or authors that inspired you to become a writer?
12:22 What type of books did you grow up reading? Were there any all-time favorites?
13:49 Now as an adult do you have any favorite series or authors?
14:58 What would you tell someone just starting to read again?
16:14 Do you have any advice for those just starting to write their own book?
17:57 What is one thing that people are generally surprised to find out about you?
19:59 Where is the best place for readers to find your book and to connect with you? Are signed copies an option?


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