Interview with Auston Hummell

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote was in 7th grade and was a book of about 400 pages long. It was a fantasy book of elves fallowing a young elf named Nathan who was discovered to be part of a prophesy that said he would end the war between elves and humans. He soon sets out on his quest to become the savior after his home is destroyed along with the help of a few others who escaped with him. I thought of the idea of the book on the school bus on my way home from school and couldn't stop thinking about it. I started writing my first chapter about the phoenix queen (one of the elven queens) and the rest as they say is history.
What is your writing process?
When I write a poem I try to find a quiet spot where I d can think without distractions. I tend to have a cop of coffee by my side that I take a drink out of as a sort of reward when I start to get the flow started or finish the story. Putting on a song tends to help greatly. Using the music to fuel my emotions that influence the poem I'm writing. This could be classical or anything from the soothing voice of Cline Dion to the more raspy voice of Marilyn Manson. Biggest step is writing that first line and after that everything just seems to flow together for me.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Lord of the Rings was a book series that when I was young I would read over and over again, as well as Harry Potter. Honestly can't remember which I read first but know that both greatly impacted me to want to become a writer and I think without one or the other I might have had that dream.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Harry Potter to start this list because of the fantastic way it is written and how it has this massive world created based around the concept of a school for wizards.
Lord of the Rings for my second. Again a world where someone created such a massive world that truly amazing while still holding a fantastic story that sparks the imagination.
Ender's Game. A book where an outcast child proves himself as earths ultimate hero against a race of Aliens. I love how they kept his purity through the book.
McBeth. My favorite Shakespeare play.
Star Wars Darth Bane Trilogy. I'm a huge Star Wars fan and Darth Bane is my favorite Sith so of course it would be in my top favorites list.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I tend to read on Kindle mainly because it was the first place I read my first Ebook and never really looked into other places.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Iowa with a family that fell apart like an avalanche in my teenage years with a very rocky start in my early childhood. I feel like it does influence my writing just as much as it influences the person who I've become.
When did you first start writing?
When I was in the 7th grade
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Although I enjoy writing things that I put effort into writing. My biggest joy comes when I hear someone compliment my work. It's always such a blessing hearing people enjoy what you've made and knowing that they like what you are creating. just makes all the time and effort into your work so much more fulfilling.
What do your fans mean to you?
The people who read my work means more to me then they might know. it's the people who read my work and loves it that keeps the smile on my face even through tough times. They make me feel as though I've successfully made it as a writer even if I don't get many. Every one of them matters.
Describe your desk
My desk is more of wherever I am at the time. I don't really have a certain place that I write.
Published 2017-06-27.
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