Interview with E. A. Walker

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë; one of the pioneer real *and* strong female characters. Anne McCaffrey's Dragonsinger, Menolly is a wonderful character and it's a great story - if I have to pick just one from the Pern novels. Although The White Dragon is probably the best book. Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series, hmmm. What about Hawkmistress, I loved that one. Daggerspell by Katherine Kerr, oh yes. Oh my, I nearly forgot this one: Daughter of the Empire, and the sequels, great stuff by Janny Wurts and Raymond Feist. Robin Hobb's Liveship trilogy. The Chanur series by C. J. Cherryh - and the Morgaine Chronicles. I suppose that's more than five, but I can't not mention Andre Norton, Ursula K. LeGuin, or J. K. Rowling, now can I?
What do you read for pleasure?
Fantasy first, of course, and lots of it. But also good modern authors like Margaret Atwood, Barbara Kingsolver. Romance sometimes, but I don't really like stores that are *only* love stories, they're too predictable. Some SF, if it's the kind that feels more like fantasy than technological. I dip into YA books now and again, if they seem to be good. I try to read one or two classics every year, some of them are outstanding. *whispers* But honestly, it often feels like a chore, something one does to 'improve' oneself!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't really like e-readers, but I've got a Kindle which works pretty well for me; I'm happy with it. Amazon's delivery system is actually very impressive, that's a big plus.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm a London girl. I've travelled to the Continent and the U.S., and also to Oz and to India. I loved Sydney, although the accent sometimes made me wince. Bombay (Mumbai?) is fascinating. In America the electric feel of New York has to be unique, but I absolutely loved New Orleans. If I had to live somewhere else, I suppose I might pick Sydney - there's a lot of sun, and it has everything you might want, and the harbour is stunning. But I wouldn't really want to live anywhere else.
When did you first start writing?
At school. My English essays just got longer and longer until my teacher started complaining. Well, hinting that perhaps it would be easier to mark shorter essays!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting to know my characters, and helping them to tell their stories. They each have their own story, as well as the story that the book's about. They're my friends, even though there are a few that I don't like! For me, it's always been about the stories. That's what makes editing time so hard. Sometimes I feel as though I'm amputating a limb. Necessary, but awfully painful.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I cook, I listen to music (most often simultaneously). We eat out, and watch DVDs. I adore opera. I ride (horse, not bicycle - although I do use a bicycle, that's not so much for fun!) I avoid shopping whenever possible. One of the best things about writing is not having to commute in rush hour!
Published 2014-11-29.
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Books by This Author

No Place to Lay My Head
Price: Free! Words: 4,410. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2015 by Two Moons Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
A vampish romance, this is a short story with fangs! A gentleman from Eastern Europe is looking for a new home. In his search he discovers Juliet, a delicious young estate agent who finds him equally irresistible. There is just this one little obstacle to their mutual happiness...
Red and the Wolf
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,560. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2015 by Two Moons Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fairy tales
This tale of the dark, twisted truth lurking behind the children's fairy tale will set its fangs in you and not let go. You thought you knew the story of Little Red Riding Hood? Think again. Think hard. Do you really want to know the truth? Some books are better left unopened.