I recently had the opportunity to interview Suzanna J. Linton, author of Willows of Fate and three other fantasy novels. My review of Willows of Fate can be found here. For now, enjoy the full interview below.
1) What inspired you the most while writing this book?
My childhood. I felt very isolated as a kid and that sense of isolation really influenced how I wrote Desdemona.
2) Which character in your book do you relate to the most? Why?
I relate to Edmund the most. His personal choices have put him on the edge of his family and I know what that feels like.
3) What is the most important thing that you hope readers take away from your book?
I hope they take away a sense of hope that, no matter how strange they think they are, they still have a place and a role in this world. And that they should have the courage to be who they are.
4) Which other authors have inspired or influenced you the most?
Robin McKinley, Anne McCaffrey, and Dean Koontz are my biggest inspirations. McKinley because of the fairy tale quality of her work. McCaffrey because of her strong female characters who aren’t always easy to like. Koontz because of the way he infuses his work with spirituality.
5) Can you share a little bit about your writing process?
I usually get any paperwork or blogging done in the morning so my afternoons can be free. Sometimes, I’ll listen to music if I need some inspiration. If I can’t get my thoughts in order, I’ll make a pot of tea. Something about going through the motions of making tea helps my mind to settle. Also, I try not to edit as I write. The point is just getting the story down. Then I can go back to add the flourishes.
6) Tell us about your next book.
Right now, I’m working on the sequel to CLARA, my debut novel. The sequel is called CLARA’S RETURN. At the end of CLARA, the main character goes off on a quest to discover and understand her origins. In CLARA’S RETURN, I follow Clara’s personal quest, as well as write about the aftermath following the first book’s civil war. And there’s a new villain that needs to be dealt with!
7) What is the best piece of writing advice that you have ever received?
To paraphrase Ernest Hemingway: The first draft of anything is crap.
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