Hello my Lovelies! Hope you all have had a great weekend. I had a great time. Only a few know that not only do I write but act as well. This past Friday thru Sunday I was in a production of Midsummer Nights Dream. It was a blast. Anyway this weeks post is another interview, this time with the lovely E.G. Stone! She is the author of several books from all kinds of genre. So lets learn a bit about this awesome author!
1. Tells us a bit about your books.
I am a speculative fiction writer who enjoys everything in that overarching genre. I have written a sci-fi/dystopian piece about language and thought (and also rebellion and a mystery to solve).
I am also just about done with my epic fantasy trilogy The Wing Cycle, which starts with The One Who Could Not Fly. This series follows Ravenna, a flightless sylph who has been captured by the forgotten nightmare of her people, humans. She must learn what her place is in the world, all while navigating the changes set into motion from that single event.
And, just for a bit of variety, I am also working on a comedic fantasy series entitle On Behalf of Death, about a marketing agent named Cal Thorpe who gets hired by Death. Things, as one would expect, go downhill from there.
2. What has been the best part of creating you books world?
The best part is getting to go back and read my stories (whether during the editing stage or when complete) and saying, “Gee, these are actually really good.” I love seeing the worlds that exist in my head coming to fruition, and being able to share them with people. These are worlds and characters that feel completely real to me. I have struggled through their struggles, felt every emotion, and seen them grow. It is absolutely enthralling to create these books, to make my thoughts into reality. (Also, I quite like messing around with language, so that helps.)
a. The worst?
Marketing. For some reason, despite all my research, marketing remains annoyingly mysterious to me. I am making progress, but it is frustratingly slow.
3. What advice would you give a new fantasy writer like myself?
I would say that the important part is to get the story onto the page. You can go back and examine your tropes later, determine what works and what doesn’t. But if you never manage to even get the story pinned down in a draft—or even an outline, if that works for you—then creating something magnificent is incredibly difficult. All of the details, the epic battles, the character growth, that can be improved upon once you have the story in your hands. Or, well, on a computer if that’s your writing medium.
Fantasy is such a broad genre that you can do almost anything with it. People worry so much about the worldbuilding, getting the magic right, making sure the epic battles and dramatic cliffhangers are there that they often forget that the whole point of writing the book is to tell the story. Yes, those details matter. But so does the larger picture.
4. What piece of literature has had the most influence on you? Why?
Well, I would have to say—as would many others, I imagine—that Tolkien’s works had the largest influence on me. Not because they were my introduction to fantasy, but because of the language. It was through Tolkien that I discovered just how beautiful words could be. I discovered the joy in creating a language that was unique to your world. I discovered how the varying use of language could change the meaning so dramatically, even with only one word. It was through Tolkien that I learned what it meant to be enthralled with language. And it’s his fault that I became a linguist, as well as a writer.
5. Besides writing what else do you enjoy doing?
I quite like sewing, and baking, and reading. I think the reality is that I am just a maker type. I am happy when making something, be it a story or a pair of pyjamas (or muffins). Of course, I am also perfectly happy when in the midst of reading someone else’s story or appreciating other makers’ works.
6. How to you balance between writing and spending time with your family?
I have a fairly standard 9-5 M-F work week, which helps a lot when making time for family. I also work at home and live with family who works at home, so that helps, too, as we go walking together or eat meals together.
7. Tells us about the projects you have in the works?
So many projects. The comedic fantasy series I mentioned above is going to begin its foray into the world sometime in the fall of 2020, and as I have no idea how many books it will have, that will keep me quite busy for a while. I am also going to start up an editing service. I’m quite excited about this, because it means I get to put my reading skills and education in linguistics to use. I’ve been thinking about this for a while, so I’m pleased to get it into motion.
8. Can you tells us about your writing process?
It depends on the book, really. For years, I was a strict pantser, meaning I came up with ideas and just wrote them into existence. Of course, I would be thinking about them all the time, so it wasn’t as if I had no idea what I was going to write, just that the ideas were all in my head and changeable as necessary. These days, as I get into more complex pieces, I tend to do a very basic outline so I know the major plot points I have to hit. Everything else—all the details and character interactions and sub-plots—are written as my whimsy takes me. Or, well, dictated, as I have to do almost all my writing by dictation software these days. This is because of my newly discovered rheumatoid arthritis, which causes my hands to hurt if I do more than a couple thousand words at a time. But I have found that talking out my stories (even with punctuation) allows me to really get into my characters’ heads. I get to react to things as they react to things. I get to talk like they talk. I enjoy it quite a lot and am excited to see how this will cause my writing process to evolve the more I do this. (I will admit, though, that my dictation software does not love my use of accents for characters. Whoops!)
9. If you couldn’t write books what would you want to do?
Edit books. Which I’m working on, so yay! If neither of those work out, then I shall go be a librarian.
10. Is there anything else you would like us to know that I haven’t asked about?
Um…no? I’m terrible at these open-ended sorts of questions. I can tell you all sorts of random facts, but are they important things? I have no idea. For example: I eat popcorn with chopsticks, I have a great fondness for tea, I have recently developed an ability to not kill houseplants, I enjoy the rain, etc. etc. etc. In the grand scheme of things, probably not terribly significant, but they do align perfectly with being a slightly-eccentric writer.
There you have it. If you are interest in checking out any of E.G. Stone’s books, which I highly recommend you do, here are the links to her sites and social media.
Thank you again to E.G. Stone for taking time out of you busy schedule to do this interview.
Until Next Time,