Interview with Edgar Frost

When did you first start writing?
At age thirteen. Not the greatest skills back then, but still, it started a passion, and I don't regret it.
Who are your favorite authors?
JK Rowling, James Patterson, Anne Rice, Edgar Allen Poe, and fanfiction writers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do. I usually think of two different ones, though, because the first thing I wrote in length was a fanfiction story, and then there was a semi-original story I wrote. But I look back on those mostly with fondness, despite some cringe-worthy writing and plotting and so on. The fanfiction was about a lesser known show, and me throwing in a mary-sue to hang out with my favorite characters and battle evil, and the original story was very medieval, tomboy, fantasy creature-fused adventure.
What is your writing process?
It's grown a lot over the years. Originally, I'd just write scene by scene, whenever I'd get back around to writing. I'd trust that I could remember my general ideas, and I might get the work done in less than a month or two. Now, I make sure to keep notes, whether they be little ideas, or the big, general idea of what my story is about, plus character names, details, intentions and so on if needed. Sometimes, I even go so far as to plot things out, chapter by chapter, THEN write the chapter. It always depends on the story, though, and whether or not I feel I need to keep a good idea there and ready to keep looking over so I keep my grasp, or if I just want to let it flow. It's different for each story.
What never changes, of course, is the need for a playlist. I CANNOT write without an accompanying soundtrack, whether its to block out distractions, or to keep my muse focused. It always helps.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The needs of those around me, and my own personal possibilities of joy to be found in my stories and those of others.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I fantasize plots, or watch other peoples' instead in shows and movies, if not putting time into any responsibilities (but come on, imaginations pull you away from those sometimes as a writer, so I'm not going to pretend I'm perfect with responsibilities).
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I actually haven't read ebooks, as of yet, I'm used to just print or fanfiction online, but I will most likely be delving into some soon, and I imagine I'll come across them of my own accord or by recommendation from my cousin.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I honestly can't remember the first, real story I read that wasn't, you know, a childhood book like Dr. Seuss or something like that. Sadly, more often than not, I actually read books after they've been made into movies (I love reading, but I don't read as much as you think I would--I've probably read fanfiction more than print). The first series I read was Harry Potter, and I will love those books until the day I die; I coveted the magic, I felt the emotion, I laughed at the various flavors and moments of humor, and I just recently got my Hogwarts letter, even if a little late. That series touched me deeply, and I will forever be a Witch living in a muggle world.
The first series I read without being pushed to do so by other people, or by movies, was Maximum Ride by James Patterson, and that series gripped me hard--I'm actually delaying continuing some of the books I have, because I don't want it to be over, though I'll probably be rereading and finishing eventually. But that series is amazing, it puts things into perspective for me as well as inspires me in various ways, with writing, with the characters, and with the WINGS (I love wings). Amazing series.
How do you approach cover design?
I actually haven't tried that as of yet, but I'm working on learning that and doing that with my cousin, as we run a site, which you can find a link for on my profile page; its sort of a site for fellow writers to go to for advice and guidance on things and situations we've learned from, as well as we offer Beta-Reading services, for pay. But we are very much considering starting posts that can help advise others in various DIY (do it yourself) work, covering cover designing as well.
The best I can probably do myself, of course, is to use photoshop and my imagination, and stock photo's of course, if not attempt to draw cover art myself.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Harry Potter series because that was one of my first fandoms, and just one of the best series ever (movie and books). Maximum Ride, because it is an amazing ride of a series. The Gospel of Loki, which I very much enjoy for its quirky covering of Norse Myths and the amusing and relate-able portrayal of Loki, God of Mischief. Interview with the Vampire, because its delicious. And....Mortal Instruments, because its an amazing gift of sarcasm and supernatural thrills and twisted plots that I very much enjoy.
What do you read for pleasure?
Sometimes I lean more towards fanfiction for pleasure reading, these days, but I'll be honest; for the comfort and return of enjoyment, I tend to reread series that I love and got into before.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Phone or computer, I guess. Where ever I can read comfortably at the time.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing... I think there's two, for me, honestly. One is before I get my work out there, like for my fanfiction stories which I've been able to post on sites that allow that. There's that time, during writing, where I'm so deep in it and feeling the scene and delving deep into whats going on and I just sort of escape. It honestly happens off and on, almost rarely now in my life, and usually only comes after some time of writing (hours), with no distractions. But I feel at one with myself when it happens. Then the second greatest joy, which can sometimes be the first, is just when I get a review from a reader who is genuinely affected by what I wrote. Not to say I'm a sadist (maybe a little), but to know that I've made someone feel anything so deeply with my words, characters, and stories, no matter if it's sadness or worry or joy or pain, it makes me feel like I've succeeded.
What do your fans mean to you?
Well, once I get more than just my friend- and family-fans, it will mean even more, but currently what few fans I have... I love them all, and their support and love of what I produce. I couldn't keep doing what I love without them there to encourage, entice, and inspire.
Published 2015-12-01.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 6,900. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
The dark and the light. The good and the bad. Happiness and despair. Strength and Weakness. To everything, there is a balance, and there always should be. Especially in you.
Getting to the Eye of the Storm
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,380. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
Family is not chosen, and family is never easy. But family is a part of you, and father and son find themselves coming to a head over just how broken apart they have become, and they struggle to find if those broken pieces can be mended before the damage is too far gone.