Interview with Fern Stone

What do you read for pleasure?
I mostly read Fantasy novels for pleasure, because they are what I mostly enjoy. I quite enjoy works by Brandon Sanderson, Karen Miller, Anne McCaffrey (Arguably Science Fiction) and Roger Zelazny. However I also quite enjoy Science Fiction and Dystopian and whenever I can't sleep I tend to read Enid Blyton just because I find it relaxing!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My old kindle, and sometimes my phone.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was 5. My first book was 'Alice in Bookland' which is a quite clear rip off. Very little of what I wrote back then was original, but writing has been something I've done since I can remember.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest book, which is still a work in progress, is quite interesting actually. Well... It's got a story. The book came about because I had two characters that I really liked and wanted to write about. One was a vague fan character for the Sherlock BBC series. The other was from a TTRPG I played with a friend, the Amber DRPG. I loved this character so much, Eli, and she was well enough developed that the GM didn't kill her off as often happens to my character. It was through these characters, Eli and Jamie, that Knife and Gun came about.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors are Brandon Sanderson, Roger Zelazny, J.R.R.Tolkien, Anne McCaffrey, Karen Miller and Phillip Pullman.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Mostly my friends that do. I actually struggle to get up each day but it's the though of seeing my friends, or talking to those I have over the internet, that motivates me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend a lot of my time gaming. I play guild wars 2 with a gaming guild who I'm pretty close to. I also draw occasionally, play badminton, tap dancing and play the tin whistle in a band. I spend some time with friends and a lot of time chatting on an IRC. Also reading of course! And once a week I have my tabletop gaming group.
Describe your desk
My desk is very messy. It's actually rarely used as a result of this. Yeah... it's covered in junk.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy in my writing is just the ability to get out all my feelings onto paper. It's the freedom I have to bring things to life.
Published 2015-06-18.
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