Interview with Wyll Andersen

When did you first start writing?
I've been writing ever since I was a little kid in grade school. I remember the first story I ever wrote, I wrote on the playground during recess.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Back when I was five years old, I tried to rewrite the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. My mom still has it to this day. But, if we're going by original works, in third or fourth grade, I wrote a really short story called The Renegader.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I really love video games. Before I wanted to be an author, I was dead set on becoming a game developer.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Really, it's just random chance most of the time. I'll just search for whatever topic and then I just scroll through until I find a title that I like.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite author, hands down, is Rick Riordan. Growing up, his books were what truly influenced me to become an author. Some of my other favorites, though, are Neil Gaiman and Khaled Hosseini.
What is your writing process?
I like to let ideas marinate, as I say. I'll devise a premise or characters, and then I'll do a real brief prewrite, but then I just let it linger in my brain for a long time. After it has marinated for long enough, I'll pick the story back up and start working on it.
I always go through a brief prewrite, which consists of an outline, a couple of character bios, the themes, the setting and so on. After, I'll get right to working on the first draft. Once finished, I do a quick revision and take some important notes, then I'll get right to work on the second draft, making sure to elaborate and establish what's important. Then I revise and take more notes and go onto the third draft. The third is actually the worst for me, because it's really just an editing process. I try to catch as many of my grammatical errors as possible, I cut out any unneeded fluff, and I'll add anything that I think I was missing. When all of that is done, I'll give it to a few trusted readers and let them look over everything to catch anything I may have missed.
And that's it!
What do you read for pleasure?
At the end of the day, I'm a little boy at heart and I love to read a good old action adventure with plenty of melodrama.
Published 2016-02-02.
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Books by This Author

Spring-Heeled Jack
Series: Queen of Spades. Price: Free! Words: 48,660. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Atticus Whaelord, a Junior at the prestigious Fortuna Preparatory Academy, dreams of becoming a big name detective. However, one day after class, he gets thrust into a case far bigger than he’d ever expected. With his friends at his side, Atticus needs to solve the murder of his classmate. Will Atticus bring the killer to justice? Or, will he get wrapped up in a conspiracy beyond imagination?