Author’s name: Amy Spahn
Who is your greatest writing influence? Why?:
There are a bunch of them. William Faulkner and Italo Calvino, for showing that a unique narrative voice can make a book feel more immediate and personal. J.K. Rowling, for showing that a book can transcend the supposed limits of its genre and become art. Tolkien and Roddenberry, for showing that the depth of a world outside the page is just as important as the details on the page. Jim Butcher, for showing that it’s okay to let your goofy side spill into the story. My 12th grade English teacher, for showing that there is no such thing as a perfect piece of writing. These are just a few, and I’m sure there will be more in the future!
Do you have any strange writing habits? What are they? can you write without them?:
I like to get up and physically choreograph fight scenes to make sure each character’s movements make sense. It’s not uncommon for my husband to walk in on me rolling around on the floor, grappling with an imaginary opponent. He’s used to it by now.
Where is your favorite place to write? Why?:
My desktop computer anchors me to my desk, but in theory I’d love to spend time writing in nature, particularly next to flowing water. The sounds and scents of that environment help me to focus on one particular task. The lack of internet access probably helps, too.
When and where is the most inapropriate/bizarre time you’ve gotten a burst of inspiration to write? What did you do?:
In bed, in the middle of the night. This happens all the freaking time. I have to get up and write down the ideas, because I know if I go back to sleep I’ll forget them. On some occasions I wake up in the morning and have no idea how to interpret the notes I wrote down. My sleepy brain is not good at detailed explanations.
Do you ever read novels more than once? If so, give us the name of one and tell us why you reread it.:
Oh yes. Sometimes you just need to go back and hang out with the fictional people who have become your friends, like with the Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter series. I also reread books if they include a twist at the end that changes the nature of the story up to that point. I think it’s fun to review the plot when you already know everything that’s going on. Jim Butcher’s latest novel, Skin Game, is a great example of that.
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