When did you start writing?
What keeps you writing?
What do you write?
What is your future goal for writing?
Today we feature Anna Goss , author of The Way Down
When did you start writing?
I don’t know. I’ve been writing for a long time. My mom has showed me a piece I wrote when I was who knows how old (like four?). I can remember writing (really writing, intentionally writing, since middle school. I have been writing seriously (seeking-publication seriously) for about four or five years, since I decided that, no matter what else I do in life, I want to write.
What keeps you writing?
I keep writing for several reasons. The one that doesn’t drive me emotionally, but does intellectually, is that I have a dream of being published, and I have goals to work towards to make that reality. What really keeps me writing, though, are the stories. I love my stories, and they build themselves in my mind (that’s what it feels like at least). I know there are so any stories inside me, and I have great friends who love my stories and want to see them published, possibly more than I do. That’s what keeps me writing.
What do you write?
Everything I write falls under the umbrella of speculative fiction, a term I like because it just sounds neat. Basically, it means I write science fiction and fantasy of various types. Sometimes it’s a little surreal, sometimes it’s swords and sorcery, sometimes it’s aliens and spaceships and adventure, but it’s always at least a little bit weird.
What are your future writing goals?
The biggest goal is publication. Right now, I’m leaning heavily towards traditional publishing, in part because I am really bad at social media and having to promote my work exclusively on my own seems like shouting into the void. I know self-pub works for some people, and some prefer it because of control over their work, and other things, but I’m going to go the traditional publishing route. Since I’m working full-time at one job and semi-part-time at another job, writing is often back-burnered for the sake of time. This year I’ve developed specific attainable goals to get me on track to publish and to get some short fiction submitted to markets (and hopefully accepted for publication).
Today we feature R White , author of Any Other Name
I started writing when I was about nine, on a writing forum that – fortunately for my pride – no longer exists, and that decision can mostly be put down to all the cool older writer friends I had who I desperately wanted to be like. Today, cool older writer friends remain much of my motivation and inspiration, but I adore writing, and I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have a way to get these stories out of my head.
The issue of representation in literature is also very important to me, and it’s something I’d love to help improve in my work. Typically, I tend to read and write things related to magic, mystery, and murder, or – even better – any combination of the three.
My favourite genre to write is typically dark fantasy, but I like experimenting with horror and paranormal stories and themes, both in longform novels and short stories. In future, the dream is to publish novels, and get into editing. If I ever become successful enough, I’d like to open up a bookshop of my own, promoting books with good representation. This is my first ever publication, and I don’t intend it to be my last!
A.S. Volk can be found at thatwriternamedvolk on tumblr.
Today we have Megan Fuentes, author of The Substance of a Shadow, and why she became a writer:
I became a writer in the fourth grade. I was always writing, but fourth grade is when a certain teacher put in my head the idea of giving myself a title to match. The boot fit like a glove, and I’m still wearing it today, folks.
I’m a writer of many things, none of which I’m terribly proud of after I’ve been given five minutes to digest the finished project. I suppose one category you could put me under is “short story writer.“ Eventually I’ll work my way up to “novelist,” but I haven’t listened to enough Writing Excuses podcasts yet.
In the next few years, maybe you’ll get unlucky, and I’ll publish something else, but for right now, you’re stuck with only the following pieces.
Megan Fuentes can be found at bymeganwithmeraki on tumblr.
Our featured author today is HK Lune, author of Clockpunk and the Vitalizer.
HK Lune is your average book-writing machine, creating science fiction stories from her home in New Orleans, Louisiana. She’s been writing since childhood, but not until high school did she realize she didn’t want to do much else. Since then she’s written several stories, “Clockpunk and the Vitalizer” the first to be released.
Hopefully she’ll become a full-time author, drawing readers in with her signature blend of action, comedy, tragedy, and plenty of robots. More importantly she wants to provide great sci-fi to the world. If there’s anything she loves to do, it’s write.
When HK isn’t writing, you can usually find her reading, playing video games, watching something, or forgetting about her tea (again). Here’s a picture of the mug, it’s nothing special, but it was her great-grandmother’s.
Audrey Rose B. is on tumblr at audreyroseb.
Welcome to our first author feature: CDP Morkert, author of Collector’s Edition:
Greetings, readers! My name is CDP Morkert, and I’m the writer of Collector’s Edition in this lovely anthology. Primarily I write fantasy, or sci-fi, or futuristic… slice-of-life? I’m currently working on a comic called Don’t Kill the Messenger, and I’m not sure how to categorize it yet (is there a genre for bad-ass delivery people?).
So far my late-twenties have been going fairly well. This is the first time I’ve been published. I don’t make a living with my art, so it’s nice to have something out there people can see, and hopefully enjoy. I do have a story on Wattpad called Becoming a Poltergeist, but I’ve hit a wall with it. I hope to at least come close to finishing it this year.
Writing isn’t the only medium I use, I also draw and animate. I haven’t put together an animation since my MBA thesis though (which can be seen on cdpmorkert.tumblr.com). It was one of my most enjoyable projects, even in all its rough glory. Hopefully I can find the time to make another. Frame by frame animation is a bit time-consuming unfortunately… someday I’ll do it again.
It took someone’s outside perspective to make me realize I didn’t really follow the book’s theme of taking old tales and spinning them. I sort of took the theme of taking something new out of the old and ran with it without looking back. Collector’s Edition stemmed from a comic I was making with two rival treasure hunters, Pagos the basilisk and Hori the kamaitachi. That comic is still in production, but with Collector’s Edition fleshing out the characters the story has changed quite a bit. These two have been fighting each other for a long time, and know the other’s strengths and weaknesses intimately. With Jiang the dragon’s perspective in Collector’s Edition their dynamic was sort of shuffled around a bit. There’s still that tension of rivalry there, but also a great amount of respect for each other that has deepened to romantic curiosity. Jiang himself was extremely fun to write for. He has been around the block a few times, and has many regrets. He’s doing his best to better himself by investing in the future, and is much happier for it. And there is also my favorite character in the story to consider who is, of course, Byron. My family used to have two pomeranians that have since passed on, so Byron is an tribute to them. Rest in peace, Palmer and Misty.
There are quite a few stories I have that I wish to share with the world, but there are many obstacles that make finishing them fairly difficult for me. I am so thankful for this anthology, giving me a goal that I worked toward and completed! Now the trick is to keep that creative ball rolling.
Thank you for taking time to read this, and I hope you can take a look at our book. It has amazing stories in there! Well done to everyone who participated in this!
Barbara here with an update:
It has gotten great reviews, I’m glad that readers seem to enjoy it. My favorite review from amazon.com says:
As with everything, it took way longer than we expected. But it’s finally here:
Or, if you want to avoid the stores, you can download the pdf version New-Tales-From-Old-Yarn.pdf right here.
The amazing cover was designed by Sébastien Bélanger and you can find his website at sebastienbelanger.ca.
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