Joining me around the campfire today is romantic fantasy author Sarah Astwood. We dive into what she loves about the genre and hear about her latest projects.
- Hi _Sarah Ashwood__ tell us a bit about yourself and what inspired you to write?
Hi, I’m a wife and a mom of four kiddos, who I homeschool. I live in Oklahoma, USA, and I’ve been writing since I was 18. I love to write because it allows me to tell the stories and explore the worlds inside my head.
- What appeals to you most about the fantasy genre?
The endless possibilities! I always say in fantasy you can make pretty much anything work.
- Tell us a little bit about your latest project and the challenges you’ve faced putting it all together?
My latest project is rapid releasing a four book urban fantasy series. I’ve never rapid released before, and the challenges of prepping manuscripts and getting them ready for publication when you’re raising and homeschooling four children are probably pretty self-explanatory. Especially this year, 2020, when everything seems to have gone haywire! However, Book 1, Ashes on the Earth, released September 2020. Book 2, Down into the Pit, followed November 6th. Fire from the Midst will be available January 2021, and the last book of the series will probably debut in March or April 2021.
- What type of characters do you like to write the most and how much of yourself do you put into them?
I like characters with genuine problems to solve and hard issues to figure out. I would say the part of me that shows up the most in my characters tends to be their sense of humor.
- For any wannabe writers out there what’s the most useful thing you’ve learned?
Always get plenty of eyes on your manuscript! We’re talking several beta readers, to start with. They will catch many things you never noticed.
- What writing tricks do you utilise to hit your deadlines and keep your stories on track?
For me, I work best with a daily word count, be it 500 words a day or 1,000. That sort of routine and daily discipline keeps me on track.
- Are you a plotter or a pantser (make it up as you go)?
Ha, I try to plot, but through the years I’ve learned I’m very much a pantser. I’m pretty much a pantser at life, as well.
- What plans do you have for the future? A new series or perhaps a dip into other genres?
- With the world the way it is at the moment what sort of tales do you prefer? Ones with heroes where good triumphs over evil or ones that take a darker approach?
I like a hefty dose of darkness and realism, but with good triumphing over evil in the end. I know a HEA may not be totally accurate, but at the end of the day it’s what I prefer.
- What’s better, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings or Star Wars?
Lord of the Rings! Half the reason I’m on Facebook anymore is because of this awesome group called Funny Middle Earth. Seriously, if you like LOTR and you’re on Facebook, join this group. It’ll make you laugh, and I think we all need laughs right about now.
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Newest future release is Fire from the Midst, coming January 2021.