In today’s author interview I chat with fantasy author S.E Anderson about her writing journey and her future projects. Join us around the campfire.
- Hi, tell us a bit about yourself and what inspired you to write?
I’ve been telling stories since I was a kid. I think it runs in the family: my dad could invent a whole novel with subplots on the spot and would distract my sister and I while hiking with these incredibly complex tales. I was telling stories before I could even read, making my parents do all the writing for me. My brain just thinks in stories.
- What appeals to you most about the fantasy genre?
The worldbuilding. I love trying to imagine the big “what if?” questions that arise when people are subjected to different norms and challenges than what we face every day. It’s fun to push the limits of reality and see what can be!
- Tell us a little bit about your latest project and the challenges you’ve faced putting it all together?
I recently had the fortune of being involved creating an anthology of YA stories. While we were open to many genres, many of them were fantasy, including my own contribution (though it’s more Urban Fantasy). We did this to keep the pandemic from getting to us, and it worked! It kept all of us focused and goal oriented. The book truly is a labour of love and I’m so thrilled to be putting it out into the world. It came out February 15th.
- What type of characters do you like to write the most and how much of yourself do you put into them?
I like characters who don’t have life figured out – because let’s face it, who does? Characters who are sure of themselves only to have their foundation shaken, or ones who haven’t yet realized the potential that’s within them. Big change leads to big growth, and I love following them on their journey. As to how much of myself I put in them. It depends on the character. But I feel like each one represents a facet of me, whether I’d like to admit that or not. Who are you, my therapist?
- For any wannabe writers out there what’s the most useful thing you’ve learned?
To just keep writing. I’m sure they hear this all the time, but it’s so true. An object in motion stays in motion. And how do you learn to write well if you don’t write at all? Take the plunge, and just keep swimming.
Wow, my metaphors are mixed. You see? This is what happens if you step away from writing for too long.
- What writing tricks do you utilise to hit your deadlines and keep your stories on track?
Word count goals, mostly. I don’t have any magic life hacks here. Just nose to the grindstone some days, even if it might feel tedious.
- Are you a plotter or a pantser (make it up as you go)?
My first drafts are always a pantsed up mess. But as soon as I put the last period in my draft, I’m off to the drafting board to make the plot actually make sense!
- What plans do you have for the future? A new series or perhaps a dip into other genres?
I have a new duology I’ve been cooking up for the fast four years, but I’d also like to try more contemporary YA with fantasy elements. I have a lot of stuff I want to explore. The only hard part if knowing I’ll never write everything I want to write!
- 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 switch it up. I like more exploratory stories, to get me out of my apartment. A lot of wide arching fantasy and scifi, plus a bit of nonfiction here and there.
- What’s better, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings or Star Wars?
Star Wars OG trilogy for pure watchability, LoTR for a long binge read.
Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/seandersonauthor/