Akhet | Contemporary Fantasy | 04-03-10
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Akhet has been available for a few months now and has been getting good reactons from the readers I've heard from. I've also recently finished the rough draft of the second novel in the Sekhmet's Light series, Peret, and plan on having it ready to go to press before the end of the year.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I'm very happy with the way that the book turned out and am very proud of it. Of course, there are always things you can second-guess yourself on, but overall I have no regrets.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Boy, that's a tough one... I have several writers that I consider 'literary rolemodels', and chief among them right now is Michael Stackpole. There are very few authors I can think of who are as skilled at creating worlds that are rich and engaging, as well as characters who breath and possess a life of their own.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I don't know that there's a particular name for my style of writing, but I like to be as detailed and clear on my descriptions. I like to think of my writing as being 'cinematic' as I tend to envision the scenes as though I'm seeing them on a movie screen.
Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely. Now that I've finished the first novel, I'm finding that the second book is coming much more easily and I now know that I could never be happy not writing.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I've always made up stories for myself and created characters to entertain myself, but it never really occured to me to begin writing them down until I was in college. My mother suggested that I take a creative writing course and it was through that workshop that I realized the terror and delight that writing can engender.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
I have two things:
Take a writing workshop. Seriously. Taking a workshop helped me overcome a lot of my shyness and my fear of public speaking (though I still get nervouse, of course) as I was required to read my work aloud. It also taught me to give and accept constructive criticism and forced me to develop a thicker skin when it comes to my writing.
The second bit of advice regards revisions. They are a pain in the rear, but they are most definitely your friend! Don't be afraid of them; the author who can churn out a 'perfect' manuscript on the first draft is unheard of. Also, (this touches on a pet peeve of my editors) when you give your manuscript to someone to be edited, do not, for the love of God, go back and change anything until you've talked to your editor. It'll just annoy someone who's supposed to be on your side because they'll feel like you're wasting their time by giving them something you're not finished with!
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
My family is extremely supportive of my writing. My husband took on the role of task master when I was working on the first novel, asking me every day 'did you write today?' and has also served as both editor and cover artist for me.
What did you do before you became a writer? Do you write full time?
I wish I could write full-time, but as I'm just starting out, my writing isn't lucrative enough just yet for me to quite my 'day job', so to speak. I'm currently employed as an Administrative Assistant.
What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
The first book was very much 'fly by the seat of my pants' which was rough, but the second and third books are outlined which has made the writing of the second book much easier.
Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing? If so what is it and please describe it. (Pen, Coffee Cup, Pet, Blanket, Chair)
No, not at all.
Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example..get coffee, blanket, paper, pen and a comfy place
I'm not one of those people who has a 'ritual' associated with my writing. I grab any opportunity to write and most of book one was finished over my lunch breaks at my day job!
What main genre do you write in?
Science Fiction / Fantasy
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