Interview with Arcadia Ewell

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the feeling when the novel starts to write itself. I like to plan out my books a little before I start writing them, but sometimes after I start the characters really come to life and the story starts to tell itself. There will be chemistry between two characters that I hadn't planned on, or a character will start to develop an edge I hadn't been expecting, things like that. A lot of times that means it deviates from my original plan, but that's when you know the book is going to be interesting.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on the second and third novels in the Witches Triumph series as well as a new series that I'm really excited about. It's different than anything I've done before and so far the people who have gotten to read little snippets really seem to like it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Maryland. I was born in Violetville, MD, then moved to Glen Burnie and from there to Carroll County. Right now I bounce back and forth between my house in Manchester, MD to my college apartment in College Park, MD. I don't think my location influenced my writing as much as my behavior. I was a shy kid growing up and the characters I read about in books were my friends so I definitely got inspired by other books in the genre. One book I'm working on now does have a few settings in Maryland that were inspired by some Carroll County farmland though.
Describe your desk
Sloppy! There's usually enough clean space for my computer and the desk lamp is ALWAYS on! I usually have a lot of pens or colored pencils scattered about, both on the desk and in a pencil mug. My agenda is always laid out and usually there are a few books cluttering the area. It also doesn't help that my desk doubles as a vanity, so there's also a mirror and some makeup in the mix.
When did you first start writing?
I've always liked writing. It was always an escape for me and a chance to become a larger than life character so I was definitely drawn to it at a young age. I think I was around eleven or twelve when I won a national poetry contest and got published. Looking back it was a terrible poem so I'm not sure how that happened! I started seriously writing at around fourteen or fifteen and wrote a couple books that I'll probably never do anything with. I wrote my first novel "The Coven" when I was seventeen or so and have spent the past three years editing it and getting it ready to be released.
What character in your new book "The Coven" are you most attached to and why?
I love all my characters! Obviously Lilly, the main character, has a giant place in my heart, but I'm also hugely attached to Aubrey. Remember when I said the story writes itself? Well, this is one of those times. In the original drafts of both the first AND second novels of the Witches Triumph series, Aubrey didn't exist. After reading through the books though, I realized that the story was screaming for a mean girl that didn't quite fit into the group. Aubrey is so exciting for me as an author because she has so much depth to her. There is a lot that has happened to her to give her that sassy edge and I love the scenes where she gets to show a softer side. I can always count on her to be the character to give it straight to the others and she adds such an interesting dynamic to the group!
Who are your favorite authors?
I am a huge Richelle Mead fan. She is honestly the reason I wanted to become an author. I also love when P.C. and Kristen Cast collaborate and Deborah Harkness has definitely had me pulling all-nighters reading her books. My favorite book of all time though is Wuthering Heights, so I have to give props to Emily Bronte.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I watch a lot of television. I am a self-proclaimed reality TV addict. As a student, a lot of my time is dedicated to class and my studies though so I don't get to watch as much as I'd like.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I'm not sure about the first story. I remember what my first book was about. It was set in a futuristic world and we had discovered that there were humans with supernatural abilities hidden around us. Those supernatural humans were forced to go on the run in fear of mortal persecution. The book followed a girl and her younger brother as they tried to figure out why they had the powers they did. Think Stephenie Myers "The Host" meets greek God's.
Do you have a certain character in "The Coven" that reflects you or do you see a piece of yourself in every character?
All the characters are a healthy mix of who I am and who I want to be. There's definitely pieces of me there in all of them, but I also wish I had some of their traits like Lilly's determination, Bridgette's optimism, or Aubrey's fast wit.
Published 2017-07-19.
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Books by This Author

The Coven
Series: Witches Triumph. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 76,670. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Lilly Weaver has only just discovered her magical heritage, but instead of embracing her magic and learning how to use her powers she instead has to take part in a centuries old war with an enemy Coven. And if that didn't sound difficult enough, she's pretty sure she's in love with one of those enemy Witches. For this teenager, it's quite literally a life and death situation.