Interview with Abby Geni, Author of The Lightkeepers

01 Feb 2016
Tell us a little bit about your new release, The Lightkeepers.

It’s a murder mystery. It’s an exploration of the natural world. It has a gothic streak. It’s set on the Farallon Islands, a wild archipelago off the coast of California. There’s a ghost in it. There are great white sharks, elephant seals, and a horde of malevolent seabirds. There’s an octopus. In a starred review, Booklist describes The Lightkeepers as “a first novel of gripping, talon-sharp intensity.”

What’s rocking your world this month?

Jessica Jones and The Flash. This is a great era to be a huge comic book nerd.

You’re hosting a literary dinner party. Which three writers are invited?

Agatha Christie, since I’d love to pick her brain. E.M. Forster, since he’s probably my favorite writer of all time. James Joyce, since I’d like to slap him, then ask him to explain himself, then chat with him over a glass of wine.

What will your next adventure be?

A new novel is on its way down the long tunnel from mind to page. I haven’t started writing yet, beyond note-taking and extensive brainstorming, but I can feel that the next book is coming, and that’s always a wild adventure.

What books are currently on your night stand?

THE HOUSEGUEST by Kim Brooks, out in April, and HEART ATTACK WATCH by Alyson Foster, out in May. Both are absolutely remarkable.

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

Writing, writing, writing…

What’s your favorite quote from The Lightkeepers?

“What is your nature?”

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

I was raised on what I like to call “Larryism” – the personal philosophy of my dad, Larry, which mingles Taoism, optimism, a general hippie mindset, ferocious curiosity about the world, a healthy dollop of science, and lots of stopping to marvel at clouds.


Abby Geni is the author of the new book The Lightkeepers.

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