Where did your love of writing begin?
I think it started around middle school when I read Dragon’s Milk by Susan Fletcher. I, of course, immediately fell in love with dragons and the author. I’d scribble out my dragon story on notebook paper in a Lisa Frank folder, which I still have I might add, right before school. I’ve tried rewriting that book three times to no avail. I’m not surprised the first novel I sent off to query is a YA Fantasy about dragons!
Is Fantasy the only genera you write?
That’s my primary genre, but I write in various subgenres of it. Medieval Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, YA Fantasy, LGBT+ Fantasy. I do have a love for poetry as well.
How long did it take for you to publish your first book?
Well, I decided in June I was going to publish The Purple Door District, and it’s coming out on December 15th, so about 6 months. I’ve worked on this book since NaNo 2017, though. And it started out on Patreon. I still publish a chapter on the 15th of every month, so I thought it suitable that the full book actually came out a year to the day since I started posting there.
Do you use a publisher, or self-publish?
I want to be a hybrid. At the moment, I’m self-publishing The Purple Door District. But I am querying another book so I can work with a traditional publisher as well.
Other than writing, what can we catch you doing in your free time?
Playing with my birds. No, seriously, I have seven birds who are my little muses, and who also like to cuddle up and sleep on top of my hands when I’m trying to write. I feature them in my Instagram writing vlog “Writing Thoughts From the Flock,” so they get their 60 seconds of fame. I am also the Director of The Writers’ Rooms, with Alexandra Penn, and I help lead writing sessions for authors of all genres, ages, skillsets, incomes, etc. When I’m not doing that, I’m playing PokemonGO. Yes, I’m obsessed. Go Team Mystic.
What is the hardest part of being an author?
Self-doubt. You’re basically putting your heart and soul onto a piece of paper and hoping that people like it. It’s hard to always be confident about your writing and think that it’s good enough for the public. But, I try to keep my chin up and believe in my story and my passion. That carries me through the rough moments.
What is your favorite part of being an author?
There’s a moment while I write when the world falls away and I feel a flame in my chest, and I know that this is what I’m meant to do with my life. Nothing else matters. I’m happy, lost in the world I’m creating, and full of words that don’t stop flowing. It doesn’t happen often, but I live for it.
Do you design your own covers, or buy them?
I had a professional artist design my cover for The Purple Door District. I typically make my wattpad covers.
What do you hope readers take away from your work?
Wonder. Excitement. And the courage that they, too, can write a book. I love to encourage other writers, so if just one person decides to write after reading my book, I’ll consider it a success.
How much time a week to you devote to writing?
I try to write something every day, but it really depends on the week. I’d say on a good week, I’m able to do about 8 hours of writing, here and there. A bad week? Very little. That doesn’t include online roleplaying with a co-author, though. I don’t think I want to go into how many hours I spend on that!
What is your favorite writing drink?
Earl Grey Tea
What else inspires you to get writing?
The literary community. I love reading people’s tweets and posts about writing. I realize I’m not so alone in both my struggles and successes.
Do you have any advice for writers just getting started?
You’re not alone. I know writers are often solitary people, but there are so many ways to connect with them via social media, or writing meet ups. Don’t be afraid to ask other writers for help or questions. We all can learn from each other, whether we’re just starting, or we’ve published our 10th book. We’re all on a journey and it’s important to share that with one another. There’s someone out there who believes in you.
What has been your favorite part of publishing so far?
Marketing! Honestly, I really enjoy the social media aspect because I get to meet more people.
Who is your favorite author?
Loaded question, there. Brian Jacques is my idol when it comes to all things writing. Patricia Briggs is my inspiration for Urban Fantasy. And I’d have to say Mercedes Lackey is definitely my go to for high fantasy.
What are your goals for the future?
- Publish a series for The Purple Door District. 2. Find an agent/publisher. 3. Become a full-time Director of The Writers’ Rooms and a full-time author. 4. Inspire and support other writers.
Social media links:
Patreon- https://www.patreon.com/erincaseyWattpad- https://www.wattpad.com/user/erincasey09