Interview with Zara Steen

What inspires you to write?
There are a lot of things that I find inspirational. Walks in nature can be especially helpful to create a sense of calmness and serenity that helps me with finding the right tone and voice. Generally with my ideas though they are eureka moments. An idea kind of pops into my mind and takes over. Suddenly I'm swept up into a scenario outside of myself and my curious nature wants to know more. So I ask myself questions and delve further into the tale. Characters will introduce themselves to me too, which sounds funny but is the easiest way to explain how it happens. I'll be daydreaming and they just pop into my head and say “Hello” because they have a story they want to be told.
Why do you write what you do?
I chose Romance, because I've always felt drawn to the relationships between characters. I want to support interesting and healthy relationships between women and men by exploring their thoughts and feelings about love. I also want to offer strong female characters with a different perspective than traditional archetypes. It's important to me that my characters are relate-able and that they are aware of themselves. I think for similar reasons I also love stories with magical elements. It's often when you experience something that brings out joy and wonder in your life that you take the time to reflect and know more about yourself. The wonder and magic explains why I feel so drawn to genres like the Paranormal, Fantasy, and Science Fiction.
What do your fans mean to you?
I feel blessed to have people that support my writing and my work. To have someone say to me "I like your writing..." or "I want to read more..." is an honor. My goal is to create meaningful books so to have anyone recognize that makes me feel amazing and incredibly grateful.
What are you working on next?
Right now I am preparing to launch my first Young Adult Novel called Heart of Shell which will be released on May 28, 2015. It's in the editing stages so there's not really a lot of writing going on, but my next writing project and a big priority would be to finish King of Shadows, the second book in The Arzulian Kingdoms. It's going to continue with Samira and Arkson's story, but in it readers will have the chance to learn more about Salha and what her life will be like in Arzule. I also have a shorter novella in the works called Marked by Magic, but that will be something I look at finishing later in the year. I definitely will be keeping busy. ;)
Who are your favorite authors?
I have a large variety of authors that I love because I read different genres. When it comes to Romance: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Katie MacAlister, Nalini Singh, Marjorie M. Liu, and Lynsay Sands are some of my favorites. I admire their strong characters and their writing is always just what I need, a bit of intrigue and mystery, or some humor and laughs. I start reading and immediately I'm enveloped by the worlds they have written.
Published 2015-04-30.
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