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I'm a writer, a freelancer, a crafter, a nail polish mixatrix, a tea drinker, an unconventional life-liver, a journaling junkie, an introvert, a chronic-pain-sufferer, an idealist, a geek, a TV-lover. Welcome to my corner of the web!

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Monday, February 6, 2017

A random Q&A appears!

How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?
The theme of my current WiP--Beacon*--came from a combo of wanting to write Urban Fantasy from a girl's PoV that wasn't all about sex (and also didn't involve vampires or werewolves, because while they're great, they're flipping everywhere and that's not what I wanted to talk about), and because I wanted to write something really different from Married to the Wind. As it turns out, even UF, I write all complicated and Epic, but it's a change and I like it!

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?  If you write more than one, how do you balance them?
I chose to write mostly Fantasy, because that's what I most like to read, but it's still a genre where there's not a lot of stories about Girls Doing Things in the overall view, though there's way more then there was when I was a kid, reading everything with words on it. Also, because even though most of my undergrad studies were about writing and I really tried, I just get so bored writing about normal people doing normal things, and once there's a ghost or a random other mythical thing there, there's not much use in pretending it's mainstream anymore!

I don't like writing about things head on, like mainstream does; I want to layer the truth through worldbuilding and magic systems and cool ideas playing out, see where they all go, and let people get to the truth themselves. Plus, I really, really like building new worlds.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?
A natural fantasy-mindset, combined with being wildly introverted all through elementary school and middle school, so that I was literally always reading. In sixth grade, we had to count how many books we read in a year, and I was over 80. Plus, I grew up in the 80s, when there were awesome stories everywhere, and that all sank in and mingled and created this brain that is better and making stuff up than it is at almost anything else!

How long have you been writing?
I started writing when I was 12 and home sick one day, and even though there are times when I write more than other times, I haven't looked back since. I've known since I was in seventh grade that no matter what else I did with my life**, I wanted to write books.

Professionally, I had my first poem published in high school and my first story published in college, and my first novel after grad school.

What kind(s) of writing do you do?
I write fiction, long and short. I write fanfic. I write poetry, both form and free verse--I really like haikus and sonnets, and one day I'll figure out how the heck to write a sestina or a villanelle and make it look easy. I blog about a lot of stuff. I journal. I sometimes do academic work and essays, but it's been a while since then. I like to do random experimental-form stuff and see what happens. I'd like to write a movie or a TV pilot soon-ish.

How about you guys?

* It's about a girl named Jessamyn Beacon who gets attacked and wakes up with a herald of a dead old god bound to her soul kind of accidentally. Magic is allergic to her, weird stuff is happening all over her town, her sometimes lover thinks she violated the only pact keeping her from being labeled a monster, and cultists are killing women! It's crazy, and so fun to write.
** Which is a good way to put it, since, as it turns out, I'm a Multipod, and I have A Lot of interests. My goal this year is to make sense of them into something that I can make a living off of AND that lets me do lots of stuff throughout the week!

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