I've had many jobs, some in remote parts of the world, some working for Fortune 100 companies, but writing has been a constant. I grew up traveling from town to town, starting in new schools every couple years. Books were my solace and my shield against culture shock, and new school shock. I read voraciously, reading out the local library collections of fantasy and science fiction. When I began to see my own stories, I felt compelled to write them down.
What is your writing process?
I see scenes like a movie playing out in my head, usually invoked by music. The first time this happened I was sitting in bed when this piece of music came on the radio, and I had a vision of a woman running through a forest of epic trees. I grabbed a pencil and started writing furiously. I still have that sheet of paper. It is the opening scene to A Woman Warrior Born. The question then becomes, why is she running? What happens next? For that I usually need more music, but I have little control over the scenes I see. They come in discontinuous flashes like a movie cut into random pieces, sometime separated by years or decades of story time. Characters appear, as do places, battles, love scenes, sometimes entire sections of plot. My job as a writer is to then weave a narrative thread that binds these scenes together to give them pace and meaning in a real story arc.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first time I can recall seeing an entire world in my mind from simply hearing words occurred before I could read. It happened on a cross-country road trip where my parents read the Lord of the Rings out loud, turning the endless road miles into a traveling dream of Middle Earth. Later, after reading every book in the local library collections of fantasy and science fiction, I began seeing and telling stories of my own.
By Alexander Edlund
Published: November 7, 2013.
(4.60 from 5 reviews)
Breea Banea is poised to become the youngest female scholar in a thousand years, but before her testing can begin, she finds herself hunted by a beast of elemental malice in the shape of a white wolf. When she learns that her entire life has been planned to enable her to survive this battle, she sets out to find the priest who called at her birth, "A Warrior is Born."