Interview with Tavon Wright

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend a lot of my time watching television, namely old school cartoons from the Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros. properties. I watch a lot of anime, as well as westerns, so I'll often be seen watching and talking about those. And when not doing that, I'm drawing pictures, playing video games or reading a good book.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first fiction story I ever wrote was a story about a girl named Isabella and her friends, who managed to raise millions of dollars in a matter of days in order to go golfing. It was rather implausible, but my classmates liked it, and it inspired me to write more stories. Most of my stories then were based on real life, but I didn't dabble in fantasy until I reached seventh grade, at the time I started getting into anime. From then on, my stories were partly original, but most of them were fanfictions that borrowed heavily from other shows. However, I did create and draw a lot of original characters at the time, and I mostly focused on girls with various racial and socio-economic backgrounds. And because I was first getting into anime at the time, most of my girls had powers, although there were a few "normal" ones.
What is your writing process?
I confess, I have a "write by the seat of your pants" writing style. Whenever I'm struck with an idea, I sit and write it out for hours, although often I don't finish due to other circumstances. I get into the story for a while, and I even write down an outline for it. But slowly, I start losing interest and lose inspiration for it, which often causes me to go to other projects before finishing it. This story-hopping is an old habit of mine that's kinda hard to break out of...but I'm getting better at trying to break it and focus on one story at a time.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Well, I've read a lot of books--by the third grade, I had a twelfth grade reading level--but the stories that shaped me were the Magic Tree House books, the Arthur books and the A to Z Mysteries series. One of the books was given to me by my second grade teacher, who was one of my favorite teachers--I look back and laugh now because originally we butted heads over my behavior in class (I used to cause a lot of trouble). On the last day of second grade, he gave me a copy of the Magic Tree House: High Tide in Hawaii, and in it came with a note that encouraged me to read and do my best. Those books sparked my imagination and encouraged my love of reading, and eventually my love of drawing and writing.
How do you approach cover design?
I like to sketch out the design and the logo first in my sketchbook. Since I have yet to acquire digital tools, I often ask people in my circle to do the covers for me.
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure, I like to read romance novels; specifically, the ones from publishing houses such as Signet Regency and Harlequin. It's a major guilty pleasure of mine.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in 2006. Most of my stories were for English, and until that time, I found writing to be dull. But when I created my first fiction story for the class and got a lot of praise, it inspired me to write more, and my dad's words about anime (and falling in love with various ones aside from Sailor Moon and Pokemon) draw more. I took a greater interest in creating my own universes then and I still create more today.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is the feeling of accomplishment when one completes a chapter or an entire story. I get the sense of "I knew it was worth continuing to the end" and you're able to look back at your work at the end. Whether you look at it fondly or you think "Oh my goodness, this is the worst drivel I've ever put out", at least you can say you finished it.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean a lot to me. When I was first started writing stories, the only fans were my family. And when I started writing fanfiction as practice to getting my writing out there, I was only writing because I wanted to share my stories with people, to see what they thought of my ideas. And over time, the feeling of people adding me to their favorite authors list, messaging me to tell me what I like about my stories, or even requesting chapters always brought a smile to my face. I try to answer fans as quickly as possible, because their voices inspire me to keep writing.
What are you working on next?
I do have a sequel to "The Energists" in mind, but I'm thinking of doing either a sci-fi romance or a modern style magical girl story. Magical girls were and still are a big part of my life, and I've always wanted to write one of those. Another story I hope to write in the future is a Western, since that's another favorite genre of mine.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many I can't list them, but a few particular favorites are C.S. Lewis, Cassandra Clare, Bryan Davis and Wayne Thomas Batson.
Published 2017-06-19.
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