The Interviews I am posting in the next couple of days and weeks might be from many years ago but the authors and their books are worth checking out. It’s sometimes good not to go for what you know and love but to challenge yourself to try out something new. But now back to my interview with Chris Reardon in October 2014:
Today I am very happy to introduce you to Chris Reardon the author of “Obstacles” an intriguing fantasy novel about compassion, courage and death. I will be reviewing the novel next week Friday so please stay tuned to find out more.
So with no further ado let’s hear what Chris has to say about novels, writing and everything ;-):
How would you describe yourself in one paragraph?
I honestly can’t answer this. I don’t understand myself half the time. LOL
What made you write in the first place?
I love imagining different adventures and writing about a character’s reaction to them. Whenever I watch movies or television, I always think: what would I do in that situation? With writing, I can actually control how a person does that! First person is especially fun, because I feel like I’m part of the story as I’m writing it! It’s really awesome to be able to control what happens in your own creation.
Which author has influenced you and why?
Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events, has definitely influenced me the most. I absolutely loved those thirteen books, and I read them over and over again. It was so much fun to be part of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny’s world. I felt like I knew each one of them personally, through every dark and happy experience. I want to make someone feel like that with the things I write.
Your writing ritual (if you have one)?
I don’t have a set ritual at all. I think it would get too boring if I wrote the same time/way every day. I only will do it when I feel inspired or think I have a cool concept.
Do you suffer from writer’s block and if, what do you do against it?
Definitely! Writing a story can be very, very difficult. You have to think of so many things, from the characters to the plot, to their reactions, to emotions, to twists, etc. It can get extremely challenging. So, I’ve learned you shouldn’t force yourself to come up with anything. Just wait until you have something you really want to go with.
Your advice for apprentice writers?
It’s cliché, but, KEEP WRITING! So many people give up because they are too hard on themselves. It’s so awesome to be able to tell a story and show characters through books, and absolutely anybody can do it in their own unique way. Nobody can tell you that your story is good or bad! It’s your story!
Thank you, Chris, for taking your time to answer my questions and I am looking forward to reviewing your book.
You want to know more about Chris and his book? Look here: Chris on Amazon
Chris on Goodreads
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