Interview with Raegan Mills

What's the story behind your latest book?
Ooo- Okay, self interviews. FUN!!!
Hmm, so, the simplest way I can put it, Into Beyond is about a world in which darkness is sentient. It follows a man named Shopkeep, an owner of a gun store in the big ol' world that is Mort, and his traveling companion Ruby, a mysterious young girl with a commanding force stronger than he's ever seen. The story follows their journey through a collapsing world whose inhabitants are being smothered by their own shadows. Creepy, huh?
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The knowledge that if I do, my horrible, horrible alarm will shut up.
Describe your desk
Tricky one. So I have a wooden and metal shelved desk. The top shelf is pretty simple, I have a 46 inch, baby blue handled katana flanked by two lucky-cats. Beneath that is the shelf where I keep my manga, comics, dvds, and random books. This ranges from Attack on Titan, to Scott Pilgrim, to the directors cut of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, to Plato's Laches, to The Day of The Doctor. I have a couple figures up there too, a Cthulhu, a Zoidberg from Futurama, a Princess Kenny from South Park's Stick of Truth, a little Matt Smith... you get the gist. The back of the desk is metal and I've covered all of it with an assortment of pictures, drawings and sketches my friends have made, comic clips, quotes, little post-its, the usual. The top of my desk, the part I work on is laden with books I haven't put away yet and pens. All the good stuff.
What is your writing process?
I'll just be sitting somewhere, shouting something I shouldn't be or watching some cartoon when some still-functioning part of my brain starts screaming. I find the nearest computer and go to town. It's a terrible system...
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was twelve, I think. One of my friends was in a creative writing club back in sixth grade and peer pressured me into tagging along. It was too uncomfortable to be the only person in the room not slaving away over those ancient school computers and I figured why not.
What do your fans mean to you?
Hmm, what are these "fans" you speak of, computer generated question machine?
Well, if I'm being honest, the fanfiction world was my first real experience with self-publishing. I cried when I got my first review, I was so thrilled. It means the world to know people are actually enjoying something that I've made.
What are you working on next?
I'm working my way through the painstaking process that is writing Into Beyond.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite author is hands down HP Lovecraft. No question about it, Lovecraft is the man. It's hard to pick out a favorite author besides that.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Sadly, I have no idea what the first story I wrote was about. I assume it had something to do with ghosts, though. I've always been a sucker for a good ghost story.
Published 2015-08-30.
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