Interview with Author Debbie Anderson

  • What genre are your books?
  • I primarily write Medieval Fantasy set in an original world with touches of heavily inspired by Norse and Celtic cultures.
  • What draws you to this genre?
  • I have always enjoyed speculative fiction, be it horror, sci-fi or fantasy, but I am mostly drawn to medieval fantasy because of my love of Arthurian legend and western European folklore.
  • What project are you working on at the moment?
  • I am currently writing my first novel series (working title) Tree of Nine Worlds along with other side projects.
  • What’s it about?
  • Tree of Nine Worlds is about a group composed of a curious farmboy, a clansman trying to reclaim his family’s nobility, a wizard’s granddaughter, a young king and his sister a rebellious princess who discover a plot to unthrone the island’s monarch’s and raise the dark one from his slumber.
  • Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is special?
  • Well, my novel is multiperspective, so all five are main characters.
  • Have you written anything else?
  • I’ve written plenty, but I have few publications. Not counting the writing on my website, I have one short story published under Dragon Knight Chronicles in their 2015 anthology Dragon Tempest.
  • What are your ambitions for your writing career?
  • I hope to break into a traditional publisher and be read internationally.
  • Which writers inspire you?
  • I think some of my earlier inspirations would be R.L Stien, J.K Rowling, Stephen King and Sharon Mackay, after that I would say that almost every book I read has the power to inspire me to tell my own story.
  • When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?
  • I have always enjoyed telling and consuming stories…in any media, and once I had  learned to read I took an interest in writing.
  • Do you have a special time or place to write?
  • I tend to write at home with music playing, but my favourite place to write, like so many of us out there, is a cozy little cafe with a hot cup of coffee and a fresh idea.
  • Where do you get your inspiration?
  • Anyway and everywhere! I get most of my ideas while walking out among the hiking trails or in the shower, but I can get ideas from posters, paintings and peices of jewelry. It can be as simple as a common phrase making the gears turn!
  • Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?
  • I do a bit of both. I like to have a very vague outline that tends to be subject to change and see where the preplanned points take me.
  • Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it?
  • Oh, yes! I often get writers block, despite my previous comment, and it is worse when a deadline is looming.  To get over it I listen to narrative music, revisit  my favourite legends and myths and look at Waterhouse Paintings.
  • What is the hardest thing for you about writing?
  • Finishing what I started. I can have once had three novels on the go and over twelve short stories started with them.
  • How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?
  • How much research do you do?
  • I try to research as much relevant information as possible before finishing. I do a lot of preliminary research and while a project is in progress I will also stop to research as needed.
  • Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
  • I typically type my stories on computer, but I carry a note book around in my purse to write long hand in case I’m struck by an idea.
  • What are some of your favorite books/authors?
  • Joe Abercrombie’s The First Law Trilogy and Juliet Marillier’s Sevenwaters Trilogy are still among my all time favourites and Iam a big fan of the Belgariad by David Eddings, I love Stephen King’s several collections of short stories, and of course the Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling and George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series make that list. I am also a sucker for most of Cecilia Ahern’s and Lurlene McDaniel’s novels.
  • Are you currently reading any books?
  • I am currently reading the Wheel of Time series and am currently one the second novel the Great Hunt by Robert Jordan, A Place Called Here by Cecilia Ahern and  Name of the Wind by. Patrick Rothfuss
  • How can readers discover more about you and your work?
  • Website: https://talesfromthemists.wordpress.com/
  • Blog:http://lilymaevelafey.livejournal.com/
  • Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/lilymaevelafey
  • Twitter: https:https://twitter.com/MaeveLaFey
  • Linkedin:https://ca.linkedin.com/pub/maeve-la-fey/8a/70/376
  • Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/maevelafay/
  • Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/36027976-lily-maeve-lafey/
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