Interview with Hsien W Lou

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always had an interest in writing and wanting to express personal, interesting and strange tales. I hope that people would be able to relate and find them interesting and fun.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is enjoyable, creating a whole universe with unique, simple characters and placing them in interesting, puzzling situations and finding how they solve them is great fun, at times it seems like the characters begin to write themselves.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean a lot, I do hope they find an interest in the books and I believe it is important to gain their opinions of the story and characters. I think it is important as fans/ readers assist you to improve so I do value them and their opinions.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My loud alarm clock.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend it working as an environmental consultant, volunteering at church, reading, spending time with family and most importantly sleeping.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was about two children. A boy and a girl. The boy was trapped in another world that was linked to the girl's mirror. So one day the mirror in her bedroom cracked and she entered the world to save the boy but she ended up trapped there too. It was a horror tale, it did not end well.
What is your writing process?
My writing process begins with a strong storyline. I like to create original storylines and once this is done it is quite easy to follow through because it tends to place a foundation and you continue to flow from there.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think Terry Pratchett's Mort had a big impact on me I love his writing so humorous and interesting. He can really liven up his words and characters.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read fantasy books, I am currently reading Brandon Sanderson's Words of Radiance. It is a great read, especially the main character Kaladin, I enjoy the way he is overcoming his personal challenges.
Describe your desk
My desk is a mess, there are random papers and sticky notes and different coloured pens scattered everywhere. My laptop is placed on top of the papers, I don't think you can see the colour of the desk any more, instead of brown I think the appropriate name is paper desk.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town and a close knit family. And since my family is a big supporting factor and most of the time we get a long fairly well, I always want all the characters in my book to have happy endings but it is almost never the case.
When did you first start writing?
It seems like I have been writing forever but I do recall starting with poetry and then deciding to write short stories and now novels.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's about a lazy thirteen year old mage whose parents are the most powerful mages in the universe but he has no powers at all. He witnesses the culprit who kidnaps a few of his classmates at school and goes on a journey to save them and in the process finds his powers.
Published 2014-12-24.
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Books by This Author

Sparked
Price: $7.00 USD. Words: 52,280. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2014 by Swann Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Hsien W Lou's epic novel, Sparked, tells the tale of Ner Relc Alcott, Death's son, sent to Earth to track down four illegal souls that are cheating Death by stealing life Sparks. Ner unexpectedly meets mathematician Emma Dove, who doesn't seem to be afraid of him at all. Together they search for the undead, but someone else is collecting Sparks, someone with more sinister motives...