Interview with Deanna Absalom

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
This is a hard question to answer actually. What is my greatest joy? I could say writing itself.
Those thrilling moments when pen greets paper in a awkwardly messy embrace.
Or I could say when I begin the process of building - Characters, worlds, plots, lives. Those few words that turn into tens, then dozens and even thousands that shape people we have not met, help nurture growing worlds we are eager to explore, lives that are similar to our own or completely different which intertwine with our own as if it they were lives we lived.
I could even say the moment when someone reads my work. That could be one of the greatest joys of my life. But it truly depends on if they like it or not, right?
Who are your favorite authors?
The list is long and plentiful.
J.K. Rowling
Rick Riordan
John Green
Edgar Allen Poe
Lewis Carroll
Arthur Conan Doyle
Cassandra Clare
Cornelia Funke
Markus Zusak
And the list goes on and on, but I wouldn't want to bore you with a list of names.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Food?
Well, that is one of the answers actually.
I have never truly thought of a question like this so I will answer as best as I can.
It could be the prospect of a life to live that eventually gets me out of bed. It could even be the clicks and clacks of the tiny, pointy nailed feet of the various birds that seem to love the morning.
Honestly I am a very lazy person. I am a lazy procrastinator who absolutely loves to stay in bed as long as possible.
But that nagging feeling of breath-taking dreams and wasted hour hands is so very suffocating In a world where you have to work hard for your dreams.
So, what gets me out of bed on mornings?
My dreams.
The dreams that will not sit and wait for me to eventually get to them.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
AHH!
This is a heart hitting question which I shall answer with strained breaths.
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (Narnia) - C.S. Lewis
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows - J.K Rowling
What do you read for pleasure?
Fiction.
Any and all Fiction
Wether it be new or old
Big or large
Hardcover or Paperback
I would read fiction.
Because the world of fiction is one that I have come to love.
It is a vast world that I take great pleasure in immersing myself in.
Describe your desk
It is a mess.
All the bad adjectives that have been forged from the mouth of man and spoken from the tongue cannot describe it.
Books, movies, electronic devices, more books, and even some toys from when I was a child lay sprawled across the surface of my desk.
I should clean it but I rather like a messy environment.
A messy home, a messy heart.
When did you first start writing?
When I was about 11, I believe.
It was for my first full length novel.
I was unbelievably awkward when I first started to write.
It was like fishing in a pond the size of a hand - Tedious and Painfully slow with no results.
But being the eleven year old I was, I was a stubborn fisherman who believed i would find the world's supply of fish I continued.
But luckily I did continue (I scrapped the first attempt mind you) and ended up where I am now. An aspiring author with literary skills that have improved with age and experience.
If you could use three adjectives to describe yourself what would they be?
Friendly?
Loving?
Ambitious?

I am many adjectives but these are the three that popped into my mind.
What is your writing process?
I have none.
An idea pops into my mind.
I jot it down.
I begin to write a story, going with the flow of my character's emotions and my own.
I am not one to follow a straight line. I prefer to make a path of my own into undiscovered land.
Why do you write?
Simply to inspire.
To uplift and nurture with the help of words.
I want to create the unimaginable and see the unseeable with the help of words.
I write to change - Lives, Hearts, The world.
And hopefully, one day, things will change for the better with the help of words.
Published 2014-05-02.
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