Frequently Asked Questions
Where did you get the idea for the Aredyrah story?
I didn’t pick the story; the story picked me. About five years ago I was trying to draw a fantasy
character that refused to cooperate. In his place another kept appearing on the page, much to my dismay. For some strange reason a red-haired boy, wearing black gloves and riding a horse, kept pouring out of my
pencil. I had no idea who he was at the time, only that he was very determined. I almost tossed the picture into the trash, but a little voice told me to keep working on it. The more I drew, the more the voice
became that of the boy, whispering his story into my ear. I soon realized that I either needed to write the story down, or make an appointment for a CT scan. Needless to say, I didn’t make the appointment. Of note,
I learned early on that the boy has a temper. The drawing is now framed and hanging on my office wall. The glass has cracked—twice. Lesson 1: Never make Ruairi mad.
Had you written anything before this?
No, only what I was assigned to write in school. In other words, nothing for fun. I never had any
ambitions to be an author. This experience came completely out of the blue, and I thank the Universe every day for it. Lesson 2: Always listen to the Universe.
Who do you think your audience is?
I wrote the story with the young adult reader in mind. Depending on their maturity level, younger
readers might enjoy it equally as well. I am finding adults are particularly drawn to it. I’m happy to say that the series is finding acceptance amongst a wide range of readers.
What advice do you have for new writers?
There are lots of “experts” out there that are only too happy to tell you what you should or shouldn’t
do. If you listen to everything everyone tells you, you’ll never get anywhere. If you have a story to tell, then tell it. That’s the main thing. In the beginning don’t worry about grammar, punctuation, whether you
use too many adjectives or adverbs, your chances for getting published, all that stuff. Those things can come later. Just enjoy the wonderful feeling you get from exploring the world you have created and the
characters that have drawn you into their lives. There is plenty of time to study the technical side of writing, something you will eventually need to know if your audience is going to enjoy reading your story as
much as you enjoyed writing it.
How can one learn the craft?
It takes time and practice, but here are some suggestions:
1. Read, especially books in your favorite genre. More than likely this will be the genre you write in.
2. Study. There are
hundreds of books about the writing craft. Have more than one on hand. You don’t have to read them all cover to cover. As you come to a question within your own writing, research that particular topic. Keep a book
about writing by your bed, in your purse or in the car, in the bathroom, next to your favorite easy chair. I recommend: