Interview with Sabrina Zbasnik

What is your writing process?
I do a lot of thinking, then I do a lot of writing. I hate the writing, I try and fix the writing. I come around to the writing, then I love the writings. There's intricate details in there, like the bologna hat of inspiration, but that's the gist.
When did you first start writing?
The smartass answer is something like kindergarten after I stopped eating the crayon. What drove me to pick up this noveling idea was a contest to win a sword based upon creating fanfiction for a video game series. (totally won a sword, too) You know, just like Hemingway.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wanted to play around with the "farm boy grows up to be king" trope. Only I couldn't logically explain why a farm boy would be king, so I went with the next best thing and followed a second son. After that it spiraled into the importance of literacy to a land, how the winners write history, and there were people of color in medieval europe or its fantasy stand ins.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Rejection slips.
What's the stupidest idea you've ever had?
Every introverted character who was necessary to advance the plot and share vital information. They clam up at the worst times and it's only upon pain of erasure that they'll talk.
Published 2014-03-18.
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Books by This Author

Guarded Love
Price: Free! Words: 272,380. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
King Alistair's found life on the throne isn't all bad. That all changes when assassins dare to come after him and his children on the little prince's naming day. With a threat brash enough to attack the King in broad daylight, he takes on a personal bodyguard. Picked seemingly at random from the City Watch, Reiss thought she was little more than an average elf trying to make it in thedas.
My Love
Price: Free! Words: 461,700. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Romance, humor, pain, loss, and a few happy tears during this colossal epic that crosses all of thedas. From Ferelden to Tevinter and beyond, the story includes many familiar Dragon Age faces from Alistair to Zevran and everyone in the middle. The entire series of my Cullen and Lana Amell stories as they travel from Kirkwall to Skyhold and beyond falling in love.
My Family
Price: Free! Words: 20,690. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Six months after their wedding, Cullen and Lana Amell visit his sister's farm. Being a mage, Lana missed out on all the traditions that came with All Soul's Day and Cullen is ecstatic to teach them all to her. Lots of Fluff & Kissing.
My Future
Price: Free! Words: 135,810. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
A surprise sequel to My Hope. After Cullen rescues Lana Amell from the fade, the two of them find their lives at a junction. With no Grey Wardens, no Circles, and no Inquisition, what will they do? All they have is each other and a lot of questions. Dragon Age Fanfic
My Hope
Price: Free! Words: 185,620. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Cullen thought he lost Lana Amell when she sacrificed herself to remain in the fade, but now the king of Ferelden has her phylactery and insists she's alive somewhere on the other side of thedas. Can he trust this man he barely knows or can stand as they travel through treacherous waters and lands while searching to find the woman he loves? All he has to cling to is his faith and hope.
My Templar
Price: Free! Words: 113,020. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
When the Hero of Ferelden agreed to help Hawke solve the mystery of the red lyrium she never thought it'd draw her into the grasp of the Inquisition and back into Cullen's life. When the world's falling down around her and her own blood is trying to kill her, she knows she has no right to rekindle what they began in the deep roads. Then why can't she stop thinking about him? Dragon Age Fanfic
My Warden
Price: Free! Words: 45,280. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(4.00)
After six years in Kirkwall, Cullen never thought he'd see the mighty Hero of Ferelden ever again until one night when she appeared unannounced in his room requesting him to help her track down a dangerous blood mage. Can he come to terms with his unrequited love while traveling across thedas and into the Deep Roads? Or could she be the start of thawing his hatred of mages? Dragon Age Fanfic
Date From Hell: A Dwarves in Space Short
Price: Free! Words: 5,220. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(3.00)
A short story from my Fantasy in Space series.The elven assassin, Taliesin, is set up on a blind date with the female embodiment of every romcom heroine cliche one can think of. Will he escape with his pride and limbs intact?
Before Midnight
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,740. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mashups, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Ella Cinder is a trained thief who's broken her agency's explicit orders to not attend the ball where she comes under the feigned thrall of her Prince Charming. Short story
Red
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,220. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Little Red has been ordered by her mother assassin agency to rescue agent Grandmother from someone calling himself The Wolf.
Pre-TerraFae
Price: Free! Words: 4,580. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00)
Before they were stranded on the island of the Elves Matteus and Analia had their own origin stories to tell.
Tin Hero
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 88,860. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Boy meets Girl, Girl teaches Boy how to slay Ogre, Boy falls down a lot.