I first develop a general idea or character, and it expands from there. I make the characters next, ensuring that they're as complex as possible. I then come up with plenty of plans, and imagine a bit of a storyline/timeline (though I don't really write those out). I never use a chapter outline, as I feel that restricts my writing and is more of a to-do list, which limits my creativity and makes writing a burden. I start writing once I'm free of other stories, or once I'm free to write and have most of it set up.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love my characters. It's enjoyable to create them, write them, experiment with them, and see how they interact with each other. Characters are what moves a story along in the first place, and complexity is key where they are concerned.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
If I'm not writing, I'm doing martial arts...or art in general. Or, of course, college work or actual work, since I have that, too.
How do you approach cover design?
I always draw the covers myself, as I am an artist. I try to play around with lighting/shading, as well as perspective and backgrounds, in order to make eye-catching covers.
Describe your desk.
My desk is very organized and plain, much like my computer. I like to keep everything in order and up-to-date as much as possible, as it's efficient and takes less time.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The M.R. trilogy is about assassins trying to protect their land from an invading country. At the same time, we learn that the situation and characters are much more complex than originally thought of. The second book is where the story really comes in.
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