Interview with Eira O'Conall

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I would have to say the greatest joy of writing for me would be discovering unorthodox personalities to play with. I am very character oriented and I like to think I have an out-of-the-box view of the world and the people who populate it.
What do your fans mean to you?
Before I ever formally began writing fictional scenes, someone had to notice my work, notice that I was creative and good at writing. Without those people to keep me writing, I would run out of steam and reason for writing. My fans are the reason I write. Whether they like what I write or not, someone saw it, the words and ideas were shared. That is what I write for. As long as people read my work, I will produce work to be read.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time listening to audiobooks or poking at languages on Duolingo. Sometimes, I role play on a website or read articles on writing. Basically, I meander through my free days. Other days, I attend college.
Who are your favorite authors?
I once entertained the notion of writing horror, so I would read Stephen King and Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. Then i recently got into Laurell K. Hamilton's two series and deeply enjoy those. I have realized, however, that literature might be my better cup of tea, so I am finishing up the series I can get ahold of from V. C. Andrews and her ghostwriter. The themes in the V. C. Andrews books coincide with what I want to write in, and reading the books written by the ghost writer definitely teach me about what I do and don't like in certain types of characters.
What is your writing process?
I swear, I will tell you once I find a successful routine to work by. I'm still trying different methods.
Describe your desk
I don't have a desk. I've got a computer that sits in my lap. The end. On the computer, I have folders and files with very tacky organization.
What are you working on now?
I am learning how to develop a couple standalone books about teens waking up to themselves and their situations as a way to cope with their life. There is Ellia, the story of a teen pulling herself back from the edge of death, and Schism that will be about a boy coming to grips with his childhood and how it led to his break in personality.
Published 2015-09-08.
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