Interview with Daiyu Amaya

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Lakewood Washington and lived close to a library, honestly my biggest influence is my mother. We often went to the library when I was a child. At first I didn't like to read, but eventually books sucked me in and I haven't looked back!
When did you first start writing?
I started writing before I could even write, my mother would write down stories I told her as a child. Looking back I've always been creative and a blank page is just my version of a canvas.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I enjoyed writing so much on Fanficiton.net, which I had been writing for since March 21, 2007, I'd been on the site for a long time before working up the nerve. When I did, I asked myself what else could I be doing? Where could I go from here? I started looking for places to do it and well, here I am!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy? I would have to think seeing the worlds I create on paper or on the screen come to life, for me it's the journey with the characters as they grow and as I learn about them, what works and what doesn't. Of course when other people see my books I'm thrilled, because I'm sharing the joy I had writing my story with them.
Who are your favorite authors?
I would have to say some of my favorite authors are Ann Rice, Mercedes Lackey, Steven King. They have been some of the biggest motivations for me over the years but Barry Eisler is the one that has motivated me recently, Of course there are plenty authors because I've read so many books, but it would be a novel of its own!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing, honestly. I get up every morning and wonder what I'm going to do in a day-I always plan on writing or at least think about it (Laughs) Writings taken up my whole world these days! I enjoy writing so much that I'm a little obsessed!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Usually I spend my time either reading, watching movies with my family or just hanging out with my friends. Sometimes I even play dungeons and dragons or other fun things like that!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, not really. I've written dozens of stories, but I think it might have been fanfiction to be honest-I've kept plenty of my work over the years to look back and work upon. One of my oldest stories I've found in my collection was a sailor Moon story. I've really come a long way from then.
What do you read for pleasure?
Every thing I read is for pleasure, but usually I find myself gravitating towards murder mysteries- I've always liked a good murder mystery, I also really love comic books or Manga. So I'll read those too, when it comes to Manga I like magical girls or comedy, which usually are hand in hand.
Describe your desk
Desk? I don't normally use a desk- I write where ever inspiration strikes, mostly in bed or on the go. But, when I'm writing if I'm home I have papers of all sorts of color surrounding me along with different writing utensils or if I'm writing on my computer I still have all the papers with the little details scattered about but I also have a inspiring background on it, anime usually. My room has plenty of posters which sometimes I stare at when I'm struggling with writing. When I do have a desk though, it starts out neat and clean but eventually turns into a giant mess by the time I'm done with a story.
Published 2014-08-17.
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