Hello, my Lovelies! Today we are going to be getting a look at an author who writes not only fantasy but horror. A.F. Stewart is the author of the Saga of the Outer Islands and other. If you remember I reviewed her book ‘Ghosts of the Moon Sea”, an amazing book about pirates and gods. I highly recommend it. Anyway, let’s check out what she had to say.
1. Tells us a bit about your books. I write in the fantasy and horror genres and most of my books have some infusion of mythology and history. I’m partial to Celtic mythology especially, so Britain is a favourite locale for my stories. I also like dysfunctional characters and dark themes with messy consequences (like stabbings or world-ending doom).
2. What has been the best part of creating your books world? I do love research and finding tidbits of history to add to worlds to give them some spice. And I enjoy making maps.
3. The worst? Keeping all the bits and pieces straight, making sure they all fit and make sense. It’s a bit of a juggling act and can drive me crazy at times.
4. What advice would you give a new fantasy writer like myself? Don’t try for perfection in the first draft; that’s the best way to never finish writing your book. The polish comes in the editing process. Also begin in the genre where you feel comfortable. If you have a feel for urban fantasy, write urban fantasy; if you like epic fantasy write that. You don’t want to feel ill at ease with what you write, as it will show in your work. Writing outside your comfort zone comes with experience.
5. What piece of literature has had the most influence on you? Why? It was a short story by Ray Bradbury, called All Summer in a Day. That was the first time a story had a profound emotional impact on me and showed me what exceptional writing could do. I adored reading Bradbury’s short stories growing up; he always had such lyrical prose twisted into that touch of darkness.
6. Besides writing, what else do you enjoy doing? Reading of course, but I also like to create art, and cook. I love studying history and I enjoy movies, especially sci-fi and action films.
7. How do you balance between writing and spending time with your family? I’m single, so my time is mostly my own. Not much to balance as far as family time, but those everyday life responsibilities sometimes get in the way. All you can do is go with the flow, prioritize, and be flexible.
8. Tells us about the projects you have in the works? I’m currently working on my upcoming series The Camelot Immortals. It’s based on Arthurian legend, but set in our modern era with the premise magic can make you immortal. My main protagonist is a very snarky witch who is at the center of this mythic event but keeps trying to get everyone to leave her alone. There’s a lot of magic, quests, some therapy, a bit of tragedy, all leading up to an epic finale in book four.
9. Can you tell us about your writing process? I like to plan my books and do scene outlining, plus do basic research before I start writing to flesh out the world building. I also research as needed while I write the first draft. The actual writing part is me sitting down at the computer, letting my characters talk to me, and typing out the story.
10. If you couldn’t write books, what would you want to do? I’d be an artist. It’s a bit of a passion for me to design graphics, paint, or draw. I love the visual aspect of seeing creations grow and develop.
11. Is there anything else you would like us to know that I haven’t asked about? I do write poetry as well as novels, so any poetry lovers can check out my collections. You’ll find a mix of history, myth, introspection, fantasy, sci-fi, and horror in the poems.
Thank you so much A.F. Stewart for taking time to do this interview. I hope you all are enjoying my interviews. If you would like to learn more about A.F. Stewart’s works please check out the links below.
Author Site; https://afstewart.ca/
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/348788975590362/