Interview with Sabrina Zbasnik

What is your writing process?
I do a lot of thinking, then I do a lot of writing. I hate the writing, I try and fix the writing. I come around to the writing, then I love the writings. There's intricate details in there, like the bologna hat of inspiration, but that's the gist.
When did you first start writing?
The smartass answer is something like kindergarten after I stopped eating the crayon. What drove me to pick up this noveling idea was a contest to win a sword based upon creating fanfiction for a video game series. (totally won a sword, too) You know, just like Hemingway.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wanted to play around with the "farm boy grows up to be king" trope. Only I couldn't logically explain why a farm boy would be king, so I went with the next best thing and followed a second son. After that it spiraled into the importance of literacy to a land, how the winners write history, and there were people of color in medieval europe or its fantasy stand ins.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Rejection slips.
What's the stupidest idea you've ever had?
Every introverted character who was necessary to advance the plot and share vital information. They clam up at the worst times and it's only upon pain of erasure that they'll talk.
Published 2014-03-18.
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Books by This Author

Date From Hell: A Dwarves in Space Short
Price: Free! Words: 5,220. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A short story from my Fantasy in Space series.The elven assassin, Taliesin, is set up on a blind date with the female embodiment of every romcom heroine cliche one can think of. Will he escape with his pride and limbs intact?
Before Midnight
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,740. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mashups, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Ella Cinder is a trained thief who's broken her agency's explicit orders to not attend the ball where she comes under the feigned thrall of her Prince Charming. Short story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,220. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Little Red has been ordered by her mother assassin agency to rescue agent Grandmother from someone calling himself The Wolf.
Price: Free! Words: 4,580. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Before they were stranded on the island of the Elves Matteus and Analia had their own origin stories to tell.
Tin Hero
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 88,860. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Boy meets Girl, Girl teaches Boy how to slay Ogre, Boy falls down a lot.