Fantasy is my favorite genre to read. I am especially fond of YA fantasy. There’s just something about the very active and awake imagination the younger folks have that make fantasy that much more magical. Today’s spotlight is on my friend and YA fantasy author, Sheena Austin.
Name: Sheena Austin
Latest Release: Alexandria
Genre: YA Fantasy
- Has writing always been a passion of yours? Yes, it has been since I could write.
- At what age did you begin to write seriously? Three years ago, at 35. Though I’ve always written poetry for 20 years.
- What is your favorite genre to write and does that differ from the genre you like to read? I love writing Fantasy even though my first novel was a Time Travel Romance. I love reading Fantasy, it was my first love. I would read Terry Brooks when I was younger.
- Where does your inspiration to write come from? I’m not sure, I’ve always loved to write. When I was in sixth-grade, one of the questions was what do I want to be in ten years and I said a writer.
- How does the generation you belong to impact your writing style, or does it? I never thought of being Gen X having anything to do with impacting my writing style. It could possibly without me realizing it.
6.What does your writing schedule look like in a typical week? I don’t have one, but I need to start on being more structured with writing.
- Are you a pantser or a plotter? Panster all the way. I have tried plotting, it helps but I don’t stick with it.
- Can you name an event in your life that has made the biggest impact on where you are today? I’m not really sure, to be honest. I’ve had some pretty big moments in my life, and some very unfortunate ones that have made me stronger and believe in myself. I guess, to be honest, that all the bad crap shaped me for striving to go out and to live my dreams.
- Do you think writers have better luck going the traditional or the self-publishing route? I learned even if you go with a traditional publisher there is no guarantee your books will sell, and with self-publishing, you aren’t guaranteed book sales either. I think luck is irrelevant.
- What are you working on right now? A Mr. Darcy ghost story for a Jane Austen Christmas Anthology I am putting together.
- What do you find are the most effective means of promotion? Author take-overs and helping out other Authors, like being sincere about it and not wanting to do it to have the favor returned.
- What advice do you have for someone just beginning his or her journey into writing? Not everybody is going to love your first novel. Remember that you wrote it for yourself and not them.
- What piece of fiction has made the biggest impact in your writing career and why? The Lord of the Far Island by Victoria Holt. It was the very first romance I read when I was ten. My Grandmother gave me that book to read.
- What final thoughts would you leave potential readers with? According to my boyfriend, I’m not just a trip, I’m a journey. That’s what I try to do when I write, it’s to take the reader on a journey and it doesn’t always have to be logical. That’s the whole purpose of writing, it’s to escape and that’s what I hope to help the readers do when they read my stories.
- What is your favorite story you’ve written/read? Tell us about it. I read two King Arthur Reverse Harem’s by Jesikah Sundin and Claire Luana, and they were epic. I’ve never read Reverse Harem before and I’m hooked.
- What three things must you have on hand to write? My cats, water, and music.
- Where do you see yourself/your writing in 5 years? Hopefully with a couple more books or short stories out there.
- Everyone has a dream mate. Do you ever expect to find him/her? I already found mine.
- If you could be anything other than what you are, what occupation would you choose? I’ve always wanted to be a teacher, and I just started as a preschool teacher.
- If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be, and why? Mr. Rogers, I’d like to pick his brain about all of his accomplishments and I want to know how to just stay optimistic and happy when life brings me down.
About the Author:
Sheena Austin lives with her two crazy cats and an equally crazy boyfriend. She is a student by day and writer by night. When she isn’t writing, she is a preschool teacher. She has a passion for teaching and a passion for writing. She has always dreamed of becoming a teacher and writer and now she is. Dreams do come true!
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