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Welcome to Second Run Reviews, Orren! Thank you for agreeing to do an author interview. I appreciate you stopping by and answering a few questions. Author interviews have become my favorite feature here. So let’s get things started
In a tweet (140 characters or less), tell us a bit about yourself.
Just another urban fantasy YA writer and musician with two huge dogs, a cat, a love of mysticism, post-punk, and old school British metal.
That’s a quite an eclectic list! I’m sure that you draw quite a bit of inspiration from those things and others. So what inspired you to write the Firebird Alex series?
I had wanted to write a YA series about an 18-year old heroine for a while. Then I started imagining a half-demon teenage girl—what powers she’d have, how she’d feel about herself, what the world would think about her, etc. And pretty soon, Firebird Alex was born!
Series are all the rage right now as they keep readers engaged over the course of several books. The downside is the wait between books. When someone finishes the Firebird Alex books and wants more, what books do you suggest they read next?
Why, “Stinger and Bow,” my forthcoming Book 4 of The Sedumen Chronicles, of course!
Until then, however, my two favorite recent urban fantasy series are The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne, and The October Daye books by Seanan McGuire. Both series are more “adult” than “YA” but I’d say that any reader mature enough to handle a bit of vulgarity and a couple steamy scenes could handle these series.
I just attended Mini-Con and Seanan’s name came up during a discussion on the use of fairy tales in literature. I know that Kevin just had another book in the Iron Druid Chronicles release as a good friend was looking forward to it. Great suggestions!
What’s your favorite thing about being an author? Least favorite?
My favorite part about being an author is world building. I get to create entire universes and cultures and make all the rules! It’s the closest I’ll ever get to being omnipotent.
My least favorite part has to be trying to fit into categories. What exactly is “YA,” you know? YA is just “A” without less sexytime, blood, and F-bombs? I list The Sedumen Chronicles as YA because I make an effort to make sure it’s appropriate for younger as well as older readers, but I think these categories ultimately aren’t very useful.
As a blogger, sometimes I do find it hard to classify books because many will appeal to all ages because of the message that is being delivered. As a reader, nothing is more frustrating for me than trying to find a book in the bookstore based on reading level and then genre! Sometimes I can’t find what I’m looking for.
If you had to go back and do it all over again, is there any aspect of your novel(s) or getting published that you’d change?
I think the main thing I’d change is that I wish I’d been more disciplined about writing sooner. I was pretty flakey when I first started writing a novel!
I’ve talked to a lot of authors lately and discipline comes up a lot! I’ve found it helpful as a blogger as well. Setting aside time every week to do certain tasks is rewarding and once a habit is started with certain tasks, when I don’t do it I feel like I’m going through withdrawal. Perhaps that’s just me and my OCD tendencies.
What’s your current obsession?
You might laugh, but guitar pedals. Seriously! I have a lot of great gear, but very few guitar pedals. Slowly but surely I’ve been building a small collection of them, to go with my collection of left-handed guitars!
Have you by chance run into my husband lately? He was just talking recently about investing in something for his electric guitar. I suppose it is no different than my obsession with books.
Any last thoughts or wise words you want to pass along?
Uh oh, now I feel like I better say something worthwhile! Okay, here are some hopefully wise words: if you want to be a writer, the most important thing is to keep writing. Do your best, hone your skills, build your catalog of written works, and keep writing.
That’s wonderful advice, Orren. You keep writing and I’ll keep featuring great authors such as yourself.
Thank you for stopping by today and good luck with The Dawning of Firebird Alex and the upcoming fourth book in the series. I hope you’ll stop by again after it releases!
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