Interview with A. V. Black

Published 2017-05-04.
Describe your desk
Well, it's messy, covered with sheets, notes, books for inspiration :D
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small German town. I made certain experiences there and some events in the past (of that town or if myself living elsewhere) have inspired me during my writing.
When did you first start writing?
When I was a kid. I had an old typewriter on which I played being a journalist at first and then I started to write my own short stories, which further continued when there was a PC at home later.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest book was inspired by past events in the small town where I grew up combined with transformation of traumata. The small town burnt down to the ground twice (at least the town centre) between 1700 - 1900. Then I heard of recurring ghost sightings several times when I still lived there. As I went to do some research on the town or also the house I lived in, some things just didn't add up, which inspired me for one part of my latest book. At the same time I've been processing traumata and the writing is just my creative output to transform what I have experienced and describe what it feels like to live with traumata. At the end those two parts combined and ended up in a completely different story even including magic in some way and giving my main characters a higher understanding of matters, so that there is not only a story one of the oldest vampyres in the world tells, but actually more to learn what the characters have to say about humans and the world while they are able to read in between the lines, see more than just black and white such as parallel universes. So there are definitely no glittering vampires and no love triangles. You have to read it yourself how different the vampyres of The Vampyre Memoirs are.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I just feel like I have a message to the world and I want my words to be put out there. It is more important to me that my words are out there than how many of my books I might sell and I rather have that done sooner than trying to find a publisher who might be willing after years of trying to publish only one of my books.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing fulfils​ me, it makes me feel complete.
What are you working on next?
I have to focus on my studies first for the current year before I can focus more on my creativity again. I do make room for my creativity, else I feel like I'm dying a little inside. I do have some other projects in mind aside of the Vampyre Memoirs, so I'll have to see what inspiration comes up next more urgently. It may as well be one of the vampires of The Vampyre Memoirs, who wants to tell his story, though I already know in which direction that goes with more time and space fractures of certain events in human history.
Who are your favorite authors?
Anne Rice and J. R. R. Tolkien.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Studying homeopathy veterinary for which I am also planning to write the most extensive cat advice there is.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do quite clearly. It was about poisoned yoghurts found at supermarkets and I joined a team of investigators to find the culprit.
How do you approach cover design?
Quite spontaneously really. While I am writing, I already get an idea for the cover design.
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Die Vampyr Memoiren - Bohemian Rhapsodies
Price: $5.49 USD. Words: 84,000. Language: German. Published: May 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
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The Vampyre Memoirs - Bohemian Rhapsodies
Price: $5.49 USD. Words: 85,030. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
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