Interview with RoAnna Sylver

What drives you to write?
Having a story in me that needs to come out. It feels like really needing to sneeze or pee. Really uncomfortable until it’s down on paper (or a screen). The necessity for marginalized people to see themselves well-represented fiction.  And honestly - sweet words from readers, family and friends. I've gotten a lot more than I even expected and I can't begin to say 'thank you' enough. <3
How do you stay focused on building your world when writing a novel?
I try to take several looks at it as if I’m looking at it for the first time and then think of questions I’d ask, things that wouldn’t make sense if I was seeing it initially. Sometimes it’s practical things like “where do they get water?” Sometimes it’s an obvious, glaring thing like “how does being trapped in this place for ten years make them feel?” Sometimes it’s a smaller thing like an unexpected way a character feels about another one. I’m always finding out new things.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee.
Do you have a writing ritual? If so, what is it?
Wait until the world is silent and dark, slipped below the soft veil of the nightsong. Burrow into a blanket. Take all appropriate medications. So many medications (I have a ton of chronic health problems, and often debilitating pain). Bask in warm glow of computer monitor. Do not be distracted by the glorious siren song of the internet. Put a word in front of the other. Do the thing. Now I’m writing.
Published 2016-09-10.
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Books by This Author

Always Be You (A Chameleon Moon Short Story)
Price: Free! Words: 3,460. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
Eight years before the events of Chameleon Moon, Book 1, Regan was just beginning to feel secure in his new life. He doesn't know many things for certain, even his place in Parole as it hangs in a fragile balance far above an ever-burning fire. But he has no doubts about how he feels about Rowan. A story about an asexual couple navigating love and consent.
The Lifeline Signal
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 126,440. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
Parole is still burning. And now the day everyone has been waiting for is finally here: it’s collapsed. A lucky few managed to escape with their lives. But while their city burned, the world outside suffered its own devastating disaster. The Tartarus Zone is a deadly wasteland, filled with toxic storms, ghostly horrors, and just as many Eyes in the Sky as ever.
Un-Dead
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,730. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
A Chameleon Moon short story. Parole's devastating collapse left overwhelming damage, and many dead. Now Jenny Strings says she can speak to the deceased - and someone very important wants to talk to Evelyn. Unfortunately, where Jenny offers treats, Hans is up to his usual tricks. Some secrets are meant to be kept. Some are meant to be shared. And some should just stay buried. Happy Halloween!
Chameleon Moon
Series: Chameleon Moon. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 125,800. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Parole is burning. Like Venice slips into the sea, Parole crumbles into fire, its entire population quarantined and left to die, directly over the open flame. Regan, scaly, silent stealth expert, will do anything to escape. The ghostly Hans offers one: it just takes a little murder. Sonic superheroine Evelyn has a mission: keep everyone alive, don't give up. If they do, they'll all burn.
Runtime - A Chameleon Moon Short Story (#1)
Series: Life Within Parole. Price: Free! Words: 14,220. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
Parole's fire-ravaged streets are fragile, but filled with secrets and rewards if you know how to run them. Tonight’s run went off without a hitch. All stealth and surveillance expert Regan has to do is get home alive. But a grinning ghost named Hans is about to make him an offer nobody in Parole can refuse: escape. All he has to do is betray everyone he loves. They're all running out of time.