Hello my Lovelies! it’s time for another interview blog post! For this week I interviewed A.R. Harlow, author of the Finding Chronicles books. Let’s learn a bit more about her and her books
1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Honestly, there is never a time that I didn’t want to be a writer. I have been a storyteller since my time began, around age 3-4 I wrote my first little story and it didn’t stop there. At around age 6-7 is when I started to take it more seriously and really dedicate myself to it.
2. How long does it take you to write a book?
I’m not really sure. When my schedule isn’t crazy with my graduate program and full time job, I can write a book in as little as a few days, like 3 days to write a decent quality 80,000 word book. With balancing work and other commitments like family and schoolwork, I can write a book in around two to three months. Right now I am stuck so I have been writing short stories and outlines.
3. What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
It’s honestly tricky. I can devote hours at a time some days and other times it will be a few weeks. I tend to zone out and listen to music and just write when possible but I have a full time job and other things so my writing schedule has to flex around those things first. When I am in the zone it’s sporadic and I just write however much for however long I can.
4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I like to write with fingerless gloves, I like to wear my beats solo headphones and listen to music, I often drink coffee and have some chocolate while writing, and I fidget with a golden snitch spinner.
How do books get published?
Mine are self-published after extensive edits.
5. Where do you get your information or your ideas for your books?
Everywhere. Songs spark inspiration, existing books, movies, tv series, websites, roleplays, video games, DeviantArt or other art place images, videos. I find inspiration in everything. Just something as simple as a flower blooming in a strange place or the weird sidewalk titles in places I’ve visited.
6. When did you write your first book and how old were you?
Well, that’s complicated. I wrote my first “book” as an 8 year old on an roleplay forum because I wrote all the elements of a characters journey. But the first manuscript itself was in 2010 when I was 14 years old. It features twins, a train, a small town, and unexpected adventures.
7. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Go for walks in the park, take pictures of all sorts of things from fireworks to flowers to old buildings to trains to water, spend time with my daughter and my partner and mom, read books, watch movies, binge tv series, go for rides on my partners motorcycle, paint.
8. What does your family think of your writing?
They support it. They always have. My mom has been one of my biggest cheerleaders. My nana was too, before she passed away, so I’ve had great support from everyone.
9. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in crafting your books?
How vastly my mind worked. I didn’t intend for the connections to happen with characters and series to happen the way they have but my mind is expansive and so I learned just how deeply connected I made my own stories without even trying to.
10. How many books have you written? which is your favorite?
I’ve written eight-ten books, one is published, with the possibility of 2-6 being released this year or more depending on how life goes for the rest of the year. The one that is my favorite is called “Into the Spyglass” it was written back in 2014 I think and it was a fun write. The second favorite is my little fantasy romance called “Stars Die Too” which deals with a lot of heavy themes and romance in the midst of them.
11. Do you have any suggestions for me to become a writer? If so, what are they?
Don’t skimp on editing when it comes time for that part of the process, it is so important. Outside of that, I would say just be authentic and true to what you enjoy and what you want to read and write. Be in love with the story you write and if you fall out of love, remind yourself of all the reasons why you started writing it to begin with. The last tip is just write, you get better with writing more and increasing frequency and words is always a way to more or less level up your writing.
12. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I really have mixed results with that. My book isn’t in many people’s hands and so I really don’t hear anything since no one is reading it right now. The people who have read it expressed what they liked and what characters they would like to see more of. I got asked to hurry up and finish book 2.
13. Do you like to create books for adults?
I like to create books for people in general. If it works for a 16 year old or a 70 year old it is cool for me. I like to write something that is relatable to people. I also like the idea of writing things geared to children at some point. My writing tends to be more for 13 and above.
14. What do you think makes a good story?
Interesting characters with depth and differences. A conflict that has to be resolved internally and externally.
I want to thank A.R. Harlow for taking time to do this interview with me.
If you want to check out more about A.R. Harlow or her books here are some links to her pages.
Where to find her books: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MHGP3LV/
Author Site: https://arharlow1122.wixsite.com/author
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/frozenonthesea/
Until Next Time,