I recently had the opportunity to interview author and blogger P. Wish. Here are my questions with her responses:
You wrote your first “official novel” when you were seven years old; tell us how that came about.
I’ve always loved to write. I used to read a lot of fantasy when I was seven. I started writing my own fantasy story in a diary. I wrote one page per day. Over time, it became a book.
On your blog you recommend aspiring writers act out what their characters experience; what has doing so done to enhance your writing? Has that led you into any awkward or memorable situations?
My characters have personalities that are very different from mine. However, I always manage to find something in common between us. I use that as the starting point to impersonate the character. Then, I think, ‘what would I say in this situation?’ I think that has helped me write better dialogue.
I seem to have developed a habit of talking to myself. I talk to myself in the character’s voice. Sometimes, I do it on the street without realizing what I’m doing. That does invite a few stares.
Where do you get the inspiration for your characters?
Everywhere! I find inspiration mainly in fictional characters. Sometimes people around me influence me too.
Your books have amazing covers! What is your secret?
Thank you so much. I create them myself using Canva. I might hire a cover designer in the future but for now, I’m happy doing it myself.
Where do you turn for inspiration?
I have a habit of writing down ideas when they come to me. That has resulted in many unfinished manuscripts on my computer. When I need inspiration, I read my old work. I put a twist on it and it works. Sometimes, I use the basic idea and create a completely different story around it.
I find inspiration in movies, as well. I’m a visual person. I relate to images easily. Sometimes when I watch a good movie or read a good book, I think ‘I have to write something like that.’. That’s how it usually starts.
If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, what would it be and why?
I think I would be a whale. A blue whale. I don’t know why but I’ve always thought of myself as a whale. I like whales because they’re big and mysterious.
Do you have any new projects in the works?
I’m currently working on a science-fiction thriller. It should be out early next year. I’m done with the first draft and am revising it. I’ll have some updates on my page soon.
Thank you for doing this interview with me. I enjoyed answering your well-researched questions.
Thank you for your answers!
You can learn more about P. Wish at the links below.
P. Wish interviews me: http://www.pwish.net/blog/author-interview-robert-krenzel
Twitter username: @authorpwish
Blog RSS Feed: http://www.pwish.net/1/feed
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13852944.P_Wish
Link to Kindle Store (US): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00WEZRM7I?*Version*=1&*entries*=0