Interview with August Black

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think it would be the relief I feel after i'm done, as well as the ideas that come before I start. Some of the time, when I have a brain freeze, to get the ideas going i will just turn off the lights, lay down and close my eyes and just think of scenarios that the readers can connect with, or take them to another world, so I think that is my favorite part of the process.
What are you working on next?
I'm thinking on doing a story about a collage student and through a misfortunate event travels to a different dimension, where shes hunted by a corrupt General. Im adding a little romance and betrayal in there, but i don't have everything mapped out.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite author would havee to be T.C. Southwell, and my second favorite would be C. Greenwoods or Morgan Rhodes.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Thinking that theres something new I might do that day, although its mostly habit half the time. ;)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, going out with friends, reading, writing. I also love to watch movies. It might not be creative for some, but I actually get some good ideas from most movies. I also like to go to Psychic shps. It might seem weird, but you can actually find a lot of interesting things there.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Well, a lot of the time I just look up my favorite authors and go from there, but I also go on Amazon's, Barns and Nobles, and a few other places website and just look things up and get them if I really like them.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was when I was six, and I remember it was raining. I went outside onto the porch (we had one with a awning) and just sat down and started writing about a horse. I actually still have it, it was about two wild horses who had gotten lost from the herd.I don't really remember the rest, but every now and then I will look back into the little book that I wrote practically everything in, and just read through it. most people have something to remind them of the past and their early childhood, and for me its that book.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I've read so many books over the years, but I do remember my first book. It was actually when I was being forced by my mother to learn to read, and I remember i hated having to read, it was so hard. But the first one I ever read was Magic Tree House, and talking about it actually makes me want to read it again. But I think reading that book is actually the thing that got me so interested in fantasy fiction, and actually made me love history as much as I do.
Describe your desk
Its a pale yellowish brown (I now, your first thought is ew, but its actually quite beautiful). My grandfather made it for me when I was about ten, and it has two drawers on either side, and the middle can lift up to reveal a large hollow space to place things in. I am a messy person, something my mother doesn't get, (she's a clean freak) so usually it has some bit of mess on it, however the middles normally clean.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. Its often rainy, dark, and dreary, so a lot of my books start in places that are either dreary, dark, or rainy. I actually like that, it brings a...mood, i want to say, to the book.
When did you first start writing?
At age twelve, I started to write a lot, though only for my family. However it was more at age thirteen fourteen that I started getting serious about wanting to write, so I began looking for places where I could publish, get my works out there to see if anybody liked them or if I should stop the carrier of a writer before it caused harm to my future.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My number one e-reading device of choice would have to be my computer, and if I didn't have that near, than my tablet, and if that wan't near, i would very reluctantly go for my phone.
Published 2015-02-19.
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