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!
R White can be found at @mindhowyego on twitter and mindhowyego on wordpress.com.
Today we feature A.S. Volk , author of Rapunzel, and why she became a writer:
When did you start writing?
I’ve been writing for a looong time but it’s been recent, in the past few years, I’ve thought of writing with the goal of publishing a book. I suppose I really started writing, with the idea of creating a book, when I was a teenager. My best friend and I had an idea for a high fantasy setting with a female “chosen one” protagonist. Perhaps one day we’ll get back to it!
What keeps you writing?
The love of the craft. I’m not a talkative person, at least verbally. But I love the idea that I can create a world of my own just from the images in my mind. I love watching my work grow and seeing improvement all the time. When I get my hands on a keyboard I can’t stop talking. And through this hobby I’ve met some of the most amazing people!
What do you write?
Romance! Most are supernatural or fantasy-based romances but I’ve also written science fiction and high fantasy. But I feel that romance is such a great genre because, for me, it’s so satisfying to experience the rush of love and writing about it allows me to realize there’s so much more to love than just the physical aspect.
What is your future goal for writing?
Publishing! Public consumption! Whether it’s from an actual publishing house or independent process, I would love to scratch that goal from my bucket list. Of course, it would be great to be accepted by a publisher but I’m not gonna hold my breath. The first part is actually having something that’s worth putting out there. I’ll get there. One day. Maybe…