Interview with Setanta Eian

When did you first start writing?
I first began writing when I was still a little kid. For as far back as I can remember, I've always loved developing new stories and characters, defining plots and powers and exploring worlds.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always had a slight desire to become an author, but I think the biggest influence in motivating me to actually begin writing and working towards creating my own world was seeing the world of a close friend. He's been my biggest inspiration, driving me to create like never before. A huge shout-out to my friend Justin, who's changed all of my worlds forever.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think the greatest joy of writing for me is when my writing makes an emotional impact on the reader. My ultimate goal is to make the reader identify with the main character or characters in some way, good or bad, and share their emotions--their joy, their sorrow, their suffering and, should it apply, the glory of their eventual victory. If I can make a reader laugh or cry or become tense with anticipation, or if I can give them wonder or excitement or fear, or if I can make them feel love or regret or hatred through my writing, then I have accomplished everything that I could dream of.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans give me the will to keep trying and persevere! Knowing that my fans enjoy my writing is what gives me drive and passion to continue giving it my best.
What is your writing process?
First and most importantly, I think of what sort of character I want to write about. Should it be a hero? An antihero? What is the character's main theme and defining trait? Are they idealistic? Cynical? A mixture of both? What is their ultimate goal or driving force-- love? Hatred? Vengeance? Duty? A specific desire? There's any of countless things that could be their endgoal or driving force.

Then I decide what their actual journey is about. What is the actual problem or plot that drives the story and the character's actions? Do they go along with it, or do they try to resist? Does their goal coincide with the plot or is it separate? Will somebody along the way use that against him or her?

Then, given the story itself, I determine what sorts of side characters should be involved. What can they do to help move the story along?

Lastly, I reflect again on the main character's values. How can I challenge them and their beliefs? How can I test their resolve to stay true to theirselves? Will the course of the story change their perspective? Will it weaken their resolve? Will their struggle be to adapt to the situation, or will it be to stand fast and hold true to their beliefs?

Finally, I begin drafting an outline of how the story proceeds. After I've finished the outline, I begin writing the first draft of the story, and finally comes the hard part... lots and lots and LOTS of edits.

And there you have it!
Published 2016-02-15.
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