Interview with Arielle LeClair

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is actually getting all of the ideas rattling around in my mind out and into the world to share with others. If a particular scene makes me laugh or cry, then I like to imagine how others may be sharing those same emotions. I want to use my writing to elicit feelings and a sense of freedom for those who need books to get away from the demands that modern days have put on us in order to live.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything. Whenever I hear a good word about my writing, I get warm and fuzzy feelings inside. If someone offers me an excellent critique, I take it to heart and strive to incorporate it into my style. I have never heard anything atrocious about my writing. However, if I did, it would be of great interest to me to find out what it was that did not work for said person.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the second book of The Hollow series. In this sequel, I enable the reader a more in-depth look at what the magic truly does in the land. I have brought back even more humor along with a dark twist that I believe will be enjoyable to my readers.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have always been inspired by Anne McCaffrey and Terry Brooks. Their fantasy and sci-fi books are all-time favorites of mine that I have read time and time again since middle school.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thoughts that I stated before rattling around in my head? Yes, they are my inspiration to get up, because they are pestering things. If I don't get them out onto something, they will drive me mad.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy reading a lot, however I also enjoy a good show. Sometimes I will even marathon one. Both reading and watching art helps to get the juices flowing if ever they slow within my mind.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first ever story was written in the fourth grade, and I remember vaguely that it was about horses. I loved them from a very young age and used to have everything to do with them, from school folders to posters and figurines within my room. (I still may have some figurines lying about).
What is your writing process?
It may sound silly, but I literally just sit down and begin writing. I know that technically I should make a template and illustrate what I want every chapter to contain, but usually I just go with what I put down. I write one day and then come back and review it the next when I am fresh. That is when I catch my mistakes and work to improve in areas where I could have elaborated or correct anything I may have missed in the fervor of getting everything out.
The only things that I do write down are all the qualities of my characters such as eye and hair color, clothing, powers, and anything else that I need to remember during writing.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a conglomeration of fantasy, sci-fi and mystery. I used to be in a Stephen King phase when I was younger, but I think I got myself over that rather quickly.
Describe your desk
I write at the dining room table. Strange, I know, but with soft music going in the background of my laptop and a window to my right where I can stare out and gather my thoughts, it really is a nice spot for me to be in.
Published 2015-03-10.
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Books by This Author

Hollow's Charge
Series: The Hollow. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 215,040. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.67 from 9 reviews)
An ancient bloodline. A mystifying valley fashioned from magic. A false queen sits the throne, and Rosaleen Forlain must find the woman destined to rule in her place. She is forced to leave everything she knows and race against a sinister plot Queen Asta is contriving with the enemy kingdom of Enrith. Ruthless assassins dog her every step while the fate of her country rests in her burdened hands.