When I was a child, maybe around 5. The first story I ever wrote was something of a fan-fiction featuring Winnie-the-Pooh, using paper torn out of a notebook that was hastily stapled together.
I began making up stories and adventures almost every waking moment by the time I was 8. Much of it was just daydreaming on my part. It took about 2 more years before I told myself that these stories had to be presented to the world. Since then I have drowned myself in writing, finishing my first novel when I was 14 (it was a story about an amnesiac girl who has forgotten her loved ones, including her family and her boyfriend, and spends the entire novel picking up her memories and being a bitch to everyone around her; it is shit by the way, don't ask me anything about it), and I continued writing into adulthood.
I still spend every waking moment thinking of characters and setting and plot, so much so that I have no idea how non-writers spend their thoughts.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
There are quite a lot of benefits to being an indie author. Though first and foremost is the lack of strict censorship.
This is especially the case in my country, where freedom of speech doesn't exist. You are not allowed to speak ill about the government, the military, the police, not allowed to speak ill of other races, religion, or culture. Most if it is due to a law that fears that such actions would undermine social security and cause disharmony or distrust amongst the people. But because of that, it has also led to some issues, where fictionalised versions of politicians, people in power, or even just a small member of the army, are not allowed to be presented in a bad light, and could only be shown to be their own versions of Mary/Marty Sues.
While I am not very keen of such heavy topics myself (I try to keep political-based stories in fictionalised settings rather than real ones), the censorship is still a real issue that the creative industry in my country has to consider. Becoming an indie author takes away a lot more of that limitation, which serves as a motivation.
What stories are you currently working on?
I am currently working on two web novels at the same time.
The first is a speculative fiction about a girl who found herself transported into a secret kingdom hidden from the rest of the world. In this kingdom, mythical creatures are the norm, and magic and sciences has combined to develop a vast and complex world. The girl tries to find a way home, and finds herself getting involved with the monarchy. She befriends the youngest prince, but the king reveals that he doesn't have the power to return her home. Without much of a choice, the prince and her run away from the capital to journey across the kingdom to find the people who CAN return her home.
The second is a paranormal slow-burn romance series about a young woman who can see ghosts that gets possessed by a man who died just recently. To make matters worst, the man has the ability to feel people's thoughts and emotions, and view their memories. As the woman learns to coexist with the man, they also become involved in the affairs of other ghosts, be it to settle some regrets of their lives, or to communicate with the living.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing itself is fun. When I'm stressed, I write. When I'm inspired, I write. When I'm tired, or don't know what else to do, I write.
For me, the fact that writing is both work and escape for me is the greatest joy of all.
What do your fans mean to you?
Having someone to support your work is always rewarding. I don't have much of a following for my original work, but based on the experiences I've had for my fan works, the support of my audience really helps to motivate me to do better for the next piece, or even to do it in the first place. Real life is always a bitch, and fans are not always aware of those things happening; and that consistent, unwavering support, despite all the situations you are going through, really helps to encourage you in your work.
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