Interview with David F. Farris

What's the story behind your latest book?
I was 20. The idea of being a writer wasn't even near the back of my mind. It was nowhere to be seen. My friend introduced me to anime, and I fell in love. 20 years old and watching Japanese cartoons . . . Most people would hear that and instantly think, "What is he doing with his life?" Hell, I thought the same thing myself.

Then I found out that all the anime I was watching reignited my interest in drawing. I started drawing characters, assigning them titles in an imaginary world, which, at the time, was more of a box than a world. But then that box expanded--exponentially expanded. Personalities were developed and plot lines were woven into complex paths. Over time, I realized what I had been creating for fun was turning into something I thought about every single day. I realized I was building something huge.

It originally was intended to be a manga over the first 2 to 3 years of development. I changed my route towards a novel when I came to the conclusion that the story's voice wasn't meant to be delivered in the format of a manga. That was when writing began.
Who are your favorite authors?
J.K. Rowling and Patrick Rothfuss.

Rowling is self-explanatory. Rothfuss is not as commercially known, but The Kingkiller Chronicles is one of the best fantasy series ever.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
From the time I was young, I knew I loved art. Now, art encompasses many things--dance, drawing, writing, etc. My form of art was drawing. It was my passion. It wasn't until I got older that I realized another love of creation--writing. So I look at writing as another form of drawing. I'm building a world, characters, and story.

To put it simply, the feeling of creation is the greatest joy of writing for me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first one I can remember is from a notebook from when I was roughly 7 years old. I wish i still had it, but it was about a boy who woke up invisible one day.

My first story that I actually took seriously was an assignment during senior year of high school. We had to write a mock epic. I may have went overboard, writing way more than I was supposed to. Luckily for me, it paid off. I received the highest grade in the class and my teacher was very impressed. It was called "The Pokemon Master". I'm not one to pat my own back, but my teacher and classmates couldn't stop laughing at the story--the perfect reaction to a mock epic.
How do you approach cover design?
The difficult part of cover design for me was figuring out what part of my story was symbolic and simple enough to go on a cover. Once I resolved that issue, the actual design process wasn't too difficult since I'm an artist. It's when I put my bachelor's degree in graphic design to use.

I sketched it, scanned it in my computer, and then digitally altered it into what it is now.
What are you working on next?
I will be working on book 2 of the Erafeen series after I'm done revising book 1.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm either at work (I wish writing was my actual job), playing Halo, watching Modern Family, or thinking about my story.
What do your fans mean to you?
I haven't published yet, but I'm sure they'll mean a lot to me. I'm creating this for others to experience.
Describe your desk
Tan-skinned, some hairs, and a bruise that hasn't disappeared for over a month.

. . . My desk is my thighs, and yes, I'm ashamed.
Published 2015-08-10.
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