Interview with Pax Asteriae

Published 2020-04-27.
When did you first start writing?
It's a cliché but I've been writing and making up stories for as long as I can remember. I used to enact stories with Playmobil and Lego characters and write rambling fantasy stories in terrible handwriting.

I pity my primary school teachers.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was a reminder that if I die, all the characters and worlds in my head die with me, and that seemed a bit of a shame.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I stare at a screen without seeing it and I write down the scene that's unfolding in my mind. It doesn't always happen, or it gets stuck, or I have to move the camera and try again, but when it flows from my imagination onto the document then it's exhilarating.
What is your writing process?
I have an idea, or see a scene, or a character will just turn up out of nowhere and introduce themselves, and I try to ignore it because they always turn up at the worst possible time. And sometimes the ones I ignore refuse to go away until I sit down to write them (and THEN some of them go away).

Or, sometimes, I have an idea and then I have an idea for a stupid challenge and the two crash headlong until I'm either done or a twitching, whimpering wreck. Usually the latter.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Anything I can get my hands on that's appropriate for the time. I've got a Kindle, which is how I started getting into eBooks in the first place, but I also have a various other devices with various ereader softwares installed.

Oh, and my cellphone.

Being somewhere without a book is a little like being somewhere without music. It just feels weird and unpleasant.
Describe your desk
Like a bomb site. At the minute there's a large stack of console games and an external drive on one side, a sulking desktop PC and a put-upon miniPC, art supplies everywhere, and a scanner, two hefty laserjet printers and an impressive collection of Gametee candles. Topped off with a drawing tablet that turned out larger than anticipated...

I'm not what you'd call the neatest person in the world.
What are you working on next?
I'm in the middle of a few things, but life has a talent for getting in the way.
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Books by This Author

Rescuing The Princess
Price: Free! Words: 1,600. Language: British English. Published: April 27, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
It has all the hallmarks of a great adventure: A secluded tower in the woods, where rumour has it a beautiful princess lives, guarded by a dragon and pining daily for her freedom, her return to her parents, and the hand of the knight who rescues her... Which knight would turn that down? Assuming everything goes according to plan, that is — and how often does that happen?