Interview with Silena Buckelew

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town; I was kinda a homebody but that just meant that I had plenty of time to create my own fantastical worlds inside my head. It was these fantasy worlds; these dreams and imitative things I did as a child that created my first original stories.

My Kindergarten, too, it kinda influenced some of it in a way; the way we played, the worlds we created inspired the worlds that I created and dreamed about and later grew into the worlds I wrote about.
When did you first start writing?
When I was about six years old I started writing. It was really bad back then. I still have some of them. A lot of them were about cats during that time, but some of them started being about that one major project that I just haven't really been able to sit down and work with. Also during that time, my brother had a tape recorder and I used to record the same story over and over again. That story has since been written time and time again has become the story "Caged Bird".
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love creating fantastical worlds, strange characters, and crafting their stories even if a lot of mine tend to turn out dark.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always loved writing; not much more to say other than that.
Describe your desk
My desk usually stays kinda clear at least on the top. I have shelves on my desk, though, that holds binders of some of my drawings and some outlining for my original works. I also have my drawing pencils, an A3 scanner, and Blue Yeti microphone.

Considering how messy my room can get, my desk stays pretty clean; the drawers too.

I have a dream desk, though. I imagine I'd have that one in a horrendous state because I'd have so much room on it.
Who are your favorite authors?
I really love LJ Smith, the person most people know for the Vampire Diaries. I really don't care for that, though. I like her Night World stories and most of all the Forbidden Game.

On the other universe, I also consider manga and comics int he same category just as books. Printed media to read and enjoy the stories. Just because they have pictures does not mean the stories cannot hold me and make me feel.

Kaori Yuki is my favorite mangaka. She does loads of dark-fantasy style things and her art style is gorgeous.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I write too sporadically to say that I have a "latest" book. Currently, however, I'm writing a script for a video game concept. I just pulled it out of the many random ideas in my head based on the many random ideas that are there. There really is no basis; I just have a huge imagination.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love them. If they love what I write then I love that they love it. I love what I write so I love that they love it. It's great to all love the same thing right?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I play video games and I watch a lot of Youtube. I used to watch a lot of TV but there just isn't much on anymore so Youtube has become my new TV. Video games are just something that has always been around. In the 1990's though, I discovered JRPG's (Japanese Role-playing Games) and the fact that games can be playable movies (in a sense) so I kinda got addicted.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I appreciate having a simple, efficient, and easily accessible platform to publish and control my original works. I may not be very big or famous in any way but I'm enjoying it no matter what.
Published 2016-01-21.
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Books by This Author

Sweet Torture
Price: Free! Words: 4,440. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
A group of people arrive in a building and are subjected to horrible doings; a girl becomes a victim and witness to such happenings. Yet, just a quick as it began it ended. Back in normal life it seemed but a dream yet it was real, though no one remembers. She meets another and they seek to reveal the truth that happened in the building that only they can seem to remember. Why do they remember?
Price: Free! Words: 4,080. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
John is a man who had an encounter that led to many others. How little he knew just where the encounters would lead and what they would mean. What is one to believe in such times when the world changes all around?
The Enigma
Price: Free! Words: 5,470. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Set as a story being told after the Apocalypse. Riona, a girl, born and raised on Earth is faced with part of her destiny that she dare not accept, especially since it is revealed to her after the end of human civilization with only a small number left alive.
Silver Moon
Price: Free! Words: 9,070. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
A war from another world spilled over upon Earth; first intention for the enemy race-the Dealk-was to eradicate humanity. A girl whom is called Silver joins the Rebels, who also came from the other world, against those that threaten the world, for she already saved it once and died for it.
The One Whom Is King
You set the price! Words: 9,270. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Another race of people camefrom another world to learn of Earth's ways; however things didn't go as planed as some Humans didn't like the visitors attacked them. The visitors, called Ji-Ams, however, contained psychic magic abilities and managed to suppress humanity causing a gap between the cultures. That is until a human and a Ji-Am become friends and change the world around them.
The Day Long Since Seen
Price: Free! Words: 1,280. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(3.00 from 3 reviews)
A girl goes to the "Campus" a school of sorts for the gifted and the mad... She goes to investigate a vile murder that had occurred there only to find a bit more than she had expected.
Caged Bird
Price: Free! Words: 2,760. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
There was a Princess locked within a tower whose gift was song. Her friend, the bird, whose gift was word, carried her song beyond... connecting two lonely hearts...
Cover of Darkness
Price: Free! Words: 17,470. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
It seemed to be a very normal weekend for the students of Central High, until one girl—Alison Hagen—disappears. Carol Davis, Alison's best friend, and others investigate the mystery only to find themselves targets of events beyond their comprehension. With the help of a strange man named Jade and his genetically altered creation named Oliver they face the darkness and only hope to survive...