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Happy New Year!

This update will be a longer than usual because, in addition to wrapping up December, I’m also wrapping up 2017. (Book links are Amazon affiliate links.)

December’s Writing

I wrote a total of about 20,556 words last month, completing seven short stories (out of seventeen) and nothing else. My novels have been on hold for the holiday season, but I’ll be getting back into them starting today.

I’m not sure how much I’ve written total this year, but it’s somewhere above 200k.

December’s Reading

I haven’t read much this month, since I’ve been busy with Christmassy things, but I did read Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis (I can’t remember if that carried over from late November or if I read it faster than that, but I’m putting it here anyway), and I’ve been reading Echoes by Miranda Marie, which is absolutely gorgeous and fantastically written. I’ll be writing a review of it next Thursday, so stay tuned for that. :)

I only read 35 books over the course of the whole year.

2017 New Years Resolutions

Looking back on 2017 and pulling out my dusty old list of new year’s resolutions, I can tell you I pretty much bombed.

1. Complete at least three of the stories on my blocked stories list.

Nope. I even picked out three to aim for so that it was focused., and I don’t think I’ve finished a single first draft this year. I’ve worked on about three novels, but they were all newer than the list, unblocked, and I stuck with those. Which is good, because I used to have a lot of trouble sticking with projects, but it means that this goal wasn’t completed.

2. Complete a reading list.

Also nope. I had a reading list, but then I didn’t end up doing a lot of reading this year. I don’t know what’s up with that.

3. Complete my 101 in 1001 goals list.

I’m actually overdue for this, I was supposed to finish in October 2015, I think. Obviously I didn’t, and this year made no impact in it, either. I think I need to make a new one and try again.

4. Write at least 2k every day.

This didn’t seem like a super tough goal to me, but it failed rather quickly, nonetheless. I haven’t written close to 2k most days, though some days I’ve knocked it out of the park. On August 26th, for instance, I (re)wrote over 15k. I don’t exactly count that since most of it was just rewriting existing words, but it was still pretty cool.

5. Write in my diary every day (even if it’s just to keep track of my other goals).

I was better at this one. I didn’t miss too many days in there (and most of the ones I did miss were simply because I stayed up too late so it was no longer that day) until the end of November when I went on vacation and was super busy and stayed up late every night of the trip. And then that bad habit carried into December, aided by my laptop (it’s both a help and a hindrance). Next year I’ll restart that habit and try not to fall off the rails again.

6. Make a concerted effort to get to know the people in choir. (No pun intended.)

I did make a couple of great friends in choir this year, but no thanks to effort on my part. I’m now part of a trio that feels like it’s been together for way more than a year, and I’m so happy that we ended up being friends.

I’d still like to make this a goal going into 2018, though, because I – being shy and confident in my singing – probably come across as a total snob, and I’d obviously like to change that.

7. Have bible study every day for an hour.

Wellllll… Yeah, this one immediately failed. I don’t think I even did this once. That’s sad.

8. Make a list of skills I’d like to learn before I’m 18 and work on them.

I think I started a list of skills, but did I work on them? Okay, in my defense, a lot of them aren’t exactly things I can learn on my own, so I’m not entirely responsible for not… Never mind, that’s not accurate, because I didn’t take the initiative to ask someone to help me with them. Yeah, I just failed this goal.

9. Practice drawing at least twice a week.

Drawing is hardly something I’m super interested in, but it’s a fun side thing and if I could learn how to draw well it could be a good tool for my writing. Unfortunately, I don’t care about it enough to stick to consistently working on it.

10. Work on “backstage” writing stuff (worldbuilding, character development, marketing, etc.) every day.

This is another one I actually didn’t do too badly on. I’ve done this almost every day, whether it’s just jotting down a story idea, planning out blog posts for the next month (or six months), posting something on my author Facebook page, etc. It can be something really simple, so it’s actually a really easy goal to meet.

11. Write {family  friend} weekly.

I’m terrible at remembering to send letters. Pretty much always. With anyone. Once I got started it would have been easier because her replies would remind me to reply, but I just didn’t get started.

12. Go to sleep regularly around 10:30.

As much as I talk about staying up late and past midnight and whatnot, I actually stayed pretty consistent with this until late November. (Everything went off the rails either right out of the gate or in late November, it seems.) After that I started staying up until two or three in the morning, which I would not recommend for numerous reasons.

13. Get up regularly around 8.

This one, on the other hand… I am no morning person, and it took me a while to find a working alarm clock. And then I just ignored said alarm clock to sleep in. I do think there actually was a stretch between about August and October where I actually paid attention to the alarm, but that was it. Next year I’ll be turning that around.

14. Read for at least an hour each day.

You know, this should have been really easy, and yet it wasn’t. I tend to get carried away with whatever project I’m working on and forget about other things I have to do (which would be why I kept myself to my schedule every day with an alarm for a while, until I started ignoring the alarms), and so my writing time swallowed my reading time. Actually, my reading alarm was the most-ignored alarm of the bunch.

15. Get a book ready for publication.

Man do I wish I could say I did this. I did come close-ish with House of Mages, closer than I’ve come with anything else, but it’s still not ready yet. Next year, though, my goal is basically to get two novels ready for publication: House of Mages and The Heart of the Baenor (new title pending).

A Year in Review

While my new year goals were obviously a total mess, and honestly the first half of my year was kind of a mess, with lots of things changing (I hate change) and stuff like that, but that doesn’t mean that it didn’t have its highlights.

1. Singing with Celtic Woman

Seriously, this was incredible. My choir, thanks to our wonderful director, got to sing with Celtic Woman in June, and the memories are amazing. Road trips with the choir are the best, and in practice it felt more like family than usual choir does, for some reason. I don’t know if it was just because there was a smaller group or because we were all excited and practicing for some incredible experience that we knew we’d all treasure for the rest of our lives or because it was more casual or what, but it was really cool. The whole thing… It was just so, so amazing.

2. Making friends with the aforementioned choir friends

Seriously, I feel like I’ve been friends with these two for years, not a little under six months! I won’t say much more for privacy reasons, but these guys are amazing. ^-^

3. Camp

Me last year at camp: Introvert sitting on her bunk playing a billion games of solitaire while everyone else has fun outside. The introvert side basically only went away when I was singing a solo for the talent show. It was sad.

Me this year at camp: Extrovert chatting with random people on The Stoop and making really cool friends, stealing the job of holding the door from one of said friends, performing a choir song at lunch because we were late to breakfast, speaking to introduce my solo (because I sang one of the songs we performed with Celtic Woman and I wanted to recognize my choir director, even though she couldn’t make it to the show), teaching someone how to play chess, getting probably twice as many people to sign my notebook as had signed my shirt the year before.

I seriously felt like an extrovert at camp this year. It was so weird. Super cool, but weird. I actually made friends, something that rarely happens, I had fun playing sports I don’t usually play (I had bruises all over my thumbs from playing volleyball one-on-one), impressing people in Capture the Flag with my sprinting (despite that, I never got the flag), playing chess, discussing books and fandoms, talking with the pastor after lessons, hearing everyone in the hall singing during worship, hearing a friend on the other end of the dining hall randomly say “Everybody clap your hands!” and then the response of everyone in the dining hall dropping their food and clapping… It was just so much fun, and I can’t wait to go back again.

4. The Father’s Lullaby

A song that a choir friend wrote and the choir sang. The timing of it was incredible, because it talks about God always being there for us and stuff like that and it was around the time that everything was in turmoil for me and it felt like God had just abandoned us. It’s one of my favorite songs now.

5. Even If

Even If, by MercyMe, is an amazing song, and it has a somewhat similar message to that of The Father’s Lullaby. It talks about trusting God even when he doesn’t get rid of our tough circumstances, and it’s another favorite of mine.

6. Getting my blog up and running again

Oh yeah, that was only this past August, wasn’t it? It feels like I’ve been posting longer. My schedule still isn’t perfect, but I’ve vastly improved since the beginning of the year, when I was posting super irregularly and didn’t have a schedule or anything in place. I hope to improve even more and maybe make some tweaks to the appearance of the blog as 2018 progresses.

7. Setting up a Facebook page

Yep, I have one of those now. And a schedule in place for posting on it in 2018, so that it doesn’t sound like the page of a narcissist as I start publishing.

8. Getting my first professionally-made cover and hiring my first professional editor

While I didn’t learn much about how to get a cover since I got a pre-made cover, I do know some, and hiring an editor taught me how to act the next time I do so. Learning experiences are great. :)

9. Publishing short stories through CreateSpace

So technically I wouldn’t consider these published yet because they’ve only been printed once – as proofs – and given as gifts, but doing this has taught me a lot about designing my own covers, formatting a story as a book, what print sizes I prefer, what it’s like to open your own book in printed format the first time… it’s just been a really cool experience. :)


Well this post has been super long, as expected, and hopefully it didn’t bore you tooo much. What have been some highlights of your year? Did you do better on your new year’s resolutions than I did?

(Oh, and by the way, you can read my 2018 new year resolutions here, if you’re interested.)

Character Interview: Alleyn Everlind

Alleyn Everlind is king of Roenor and father of Detren Everlind. He’s Detren’s role model at the beginning of The Shadow Raven, and his son is a lot like him.

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Interviewer: Good morning, King Alleyn. How are you?

Alleyn: I’m well. *shakes the interviewer’s hand and sits down* How are you?

Interviewer: Doing fine. Shall we get started?

Alleyn: *nods*

Interviewer: What is your name?

Alleyn: Alleyn Detren Everlind.

Interviewer: Ah, so your son was named after you.

Alleyn: *nods* My wife loved the name and wanted to name him after me.

Interviewer: It’s an excellent name. How old are you?

Alleyn: I’m thirty-eight.

Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?

Alleyn: I have a sister, Damson.

Interviewer: Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Alleyn: I’ve always considered myself an introvert, though most would assume I’m an extrovert. I’ve trained my self to be more extroverted so that I can more comfortably interact with the people, but I prefer the peace and quiet and smaller crowds.

Interviewer: That’s interesting. What’s your favorite food?

Alleyn: Steak.

Interviewer: And your favorite color?

Alleyn: Dark red.

Interviewer: Is there a job you’d rather have than the one you have now?

Alleyn: I don’t know. Being king is stressful, but I like having the opportunity to help each other like I do. I don’t know that there’s something I’d be excited enough to trade it for.

Interviewer: What are your hobbies?

Alleyn: I don’t have much time for hobbies. When I do have time, I tend to play the piano.

Interviewer: Which of these is most important to you: kindness, intelligence, or bravery?

Alleyn: Bravery. The others are important, but they’re slightly lower.

Interviewer: And honesty or selflessness?

Alleyn: Selflessness. Honesty is a very, very close second.

Interviewer: What is something you can never leave the house without?

Alleyn: This may sound trite, but a good attitude. I go out and interact with people. It’s hard to interact with people and leave a good impression as king with a bad attitude, and it makes both parties feel good when they’re able to be nice to each other.

Interviewer: *nods* Good advice. That was the last question. Thank you for your time.

Alleyn: You’re very welcome. *shakes the interviewer’s hand and leaves*

Character Interview: Prynn Nemea

Prynn is one of the semi-main characters of The Shadow Raven. She’s Detren‘s cousin, and she does her best to keep him steady as he becomes king.

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Interviewer: Good morning, Prynn. How are you?

Prynn: I’m doing well. *smiles* How are you?

Interviewer: I’m doing all right. Shall we begin?

Prynn: *nods*

Interviewer: What is your name?

Prynn: Prynn Cantara Nemea.

Interviewer: How old are you?

Prynn: I’m sixteen.

Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?

Prynn: No. But Detren is something like a brother.

Interviewer: What is your job?

Prynn: I don’t particularly have one. I’m the daughter of a lord and lady and the cousin of a king. There’s no special title for me, and I’m still in school. So I guess the most fitting thing to say would be that I’m a student.

Interviewer: Do you enjoy school?

Prynn: *shrugs* It’s neither enjoyable nor awful. I tend to prefer reading on my own to reading about how mountains are formed.

Interviewer: *laughs* Well, reading is always good. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Prynn: I’m an introvert, but I love people. I love talking to them, getting to know them, taking care of them when they need it, stuff like that.

Interviewer: What is your favorite food?

Prynn: Hmm. I like a lot of things. Freshly baked bread is always good. I also like plums.

Interviewer: And your favorite color?

Prynn: Dark purple.

Interviewer: You mentioned you like to read; what is your favorite book?

Prynn: Moon of Gold. It’s a more fantastical story set in the same world as Detren’s favorite, Soldiers of the East.

Interviewer: I’ve heard that one mentioned a lot around here. What is it about?

Prynn: It’s set in a desert with a lot of competing countries and divisions with opposing views and values. Soldiers of the East focuses on the Eilram and the Pastyna Regiment, the former of which works for a war-focused country and the latter of which works to preserve peace and justice against the Eilram’s rampages. There are others, though, that focus on other aspects of the world. Moon of Gold takes place in the theocratic country that’s at odds with the war-centered country. It’s hard to describe in short terms, but they’re really interesting.

Interviewer: They sound fascinating. They seem popular, too.

Prynn: They are fairly popular. I think it’s because the world is deep and you always feel like there’s always more to know.

Interviewer: Those are always the best worlds. I guess we should probably move on. Do you have any ideas of what job you might want to have after school?

Prynn: I’m considering becoming a healer, possibly specializing in childbirth.

Interviewer: You seem to really care about people, so I think you’d be good in that role.

Prynn: *smiles* Thank you.

Interviewer: What are your hobbies?

Prynn: Reading and piano, mostly. I also paint, on occasion, but those two are my main hobbies.

Interviewer: What traits do you look for in a potential husband?

Prynn: At the moment I don’t, but if I were looking… Someone kind and generous, a believer in Abba, and someone willing to stand up for what he believes in.

Interviewer: All good qualities. Which of these is most important to you, in general: Kindness, intelligence, or bravery?

Prynn: Bravery. All of them are excellent traits, but bravery is probably the most important.

Interviewer: And honesty or selflessness?

Prynn: That one’s a tougher choice. Probably honesty, but selflessness is a very close second.

Interviewer: What is something you can never leave the house without?

Prynn: Some sort of hairpiece. If I’m going out I don’t want my hair constantly in my face.

Interviewer: Thank you for your time. That was the last question. I enjoyed talking with you.

Prynn: You too. *smiles* Thank you for the interview. *heads out of the room*

NaNoWriMo Weeks 1-2 Update

*bangs head on desk* I have fallen so far off the rails with blogging this month. I’m sorry. I’ve been too absorbed in NaNoWriMo to actually… write about NaNoWriMo. So I’ve missed seven excerpts, an update, a poem, and a character interview. Aren’t I just doing fabulously? I plan on getting back on track from this post onward, and this time I’ll work harder at keeping up despite NaNoWriMo.

November 1 – 6,583

Boom, things are off to a great start! I’m half a thousand words ahead of my goal and things are looking good. I saved a couple of favorite lines, too:

“She’d paid some attention in her history lessons, she realized. Or she’d taken them in through osmosis. She’s certainly fallen asleep on her books enough for that.”

“Before too long, the stars began to twinkle and the city lights came on, burning as if reflections of the starlight in a massive pool.”

In addition to my work on The Shadow Raven, I also got House of Mages back from the editor and started applying her edits.

November 2 – 1,325

And we’re already behind. Lovely. And in addition, I didn’t make any notes of what I wrote or my feelings about it or anything. The only thing in my bullet journal for that day is a list of three possible names for a new character who came in, a maid for Nissa. (Her name is Maria, by the way.)

November 3 – 3,393

Well, that’s a little bit better. I came up with a secret basement in the castle and decided what rooms it would hold. I also played around with some possible fonts for the final printed version of The Dark War Trilogy.

At least I was really happy with what I wrote on the third. In addition, a random character showed up, as did an ancient magical artifact.

November 4 – 3,293

Ah, wishing I could get to the “turning point” in the book. Yup. There was a week of story time between the beginning and the first huge plot point. A plot point which I was greatly looking forward to writing because I knew it would be a lot richer and deeper than when I first came up with it and wrote it months ago.

November 5 – 1,760

At two a.m. the morning of the fifth I was working on worldbuilding for a completely separate story, and once I got into the day I did very little. Little writing on The Shadow Raven and no editing on House of Mages.

November 6 – 2,673

More moaning that I’m not to the turning point yet.

November 7 – 7,026

Woah! An impressive word count for the first time since the beginning of the month! Ah, well that explains it; I got past the turning point, as well as past 25k. And I got to write that richer section, which turned out almost exactly like I imagined. I wonder… will readers be able to tell which POV is my favorite?

November 8 – 2,829

19k behind schedule. However, I (thought that I) solved the why behind my slow writing: I’ve been too focused on the end product to enjoy the here and now of the writing. Unfortunately, I’m still writing slowly…

November 9 – 3,797

Today I was more excited to write death scenes from The Last Assassin than to write The Shadow Raven. Which isn’t quite as bad as it sounds, because the death scenes in The Last Assassin are exciting. But still. I also put together character boards for Charette Audrian from The Last Assassin and Ammadeus Maste from The King’s Paladin, and made character profile cover pages for them, and Toril Valda from The King’s Paladin, in my story binder.

November 10 – 2,150

Up to 34k when I should be up to 60k. Nice. And I’d rather be worldbuilding for one of two entirely separate planets. Yeah, NaNoWriMo’s not going too well.

November 11 – 1,143(ish)

Yesterday was spent working on short stories, since I’ve decided that’s what I’m doing for Christmas presents this year. I put together two and a half full covers and started one of the stories, and that’s mostly what I did yesterday. I had a lot of fun putting together the covers. Here’s one of them (I can’t share the other one because I know the person it’s for follows my blog. ;) ):

Total word count so far: 35,189

An Interview With Me

I got my sister, who goes by the screen name Siberia, to interview me today about my writing. I’ve interviewed myself before, but this one is more cohesive and more organic, I think, because she and I were able to play off of each other like I couldn’t with myself, lol. I hope you enjoy reading it. :)

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Siberia: Hello, Autumn. How are you doing?

Autumn: I’m doing well. How are you?

Siberia: I’m well. First I would like to ask you, what is your current project?

Autumn: My main drafting project at the moment is The Dark War Trilogy, and specifically The Shadow Raven. My main editing project is House of Mages, which I hope to have published sometime early next year.

Siberia: What are those about?

Autumn: The Shadow Raven is the second in the Dark War Trilogy, and definitely my favorite. It’s about a shapeshifter thief named Nissa Quail who ends up becoming friends with the prince after she steals his crown. When his father is murdered, her efforts to uncover the killer dig their country – Roenor – deeper into a war, which involves three different countries including Roenor.

House of Mages is about a girl named Lian Vandal, the daughter of a corrupt Archmage, who uncovers a plot of her father’s and has to save the world. There’s more to it, but I stink at coming up with descriptions of my books on the spot, lol.

Siberia: *chuckles* They sound very interesting. When do you think we’ll be able to read The Dark War Trilogy?

Autumn: According to my current plan, I’m hoping for sometime in mid to late 2018. I’m not 100% sure, because I’m not 100% sure how long the editing process will take, and there’s sort of a prequel that has to be published first, but I’m hoping for mid to late 2018 with the first book. The first chapters of each the first and second books are on my blog, and you can get access by signing up to my newsletter.

Siberia: Great! I can’t wait to read them. Do you have any favorite characters?

Autumn: Out of all of my books or just from my current projects?

Siberia: Out of your current projects. Who are your favorite characters in The Dark War Trilogy?

Autumn: Oh gosh. There are so many. The characters are my favorite thing in the series, lol. Um… If I had to pick two favorites from each book, they’d be Cor Claris and Tiberius Alister from The Last Assassin, Detren Everlind and Nissa Quail from The Shadow Raven, and Ismena Ivery and Toril Valda from The King’s Paladin.

From House of Mages my favorites are Lian Vandal and Darklin Hunter.

Siberia: Why are they your favorites?

Autumn: Cor is adorable, and he’s constantly spouting little bits of wisdom that surprise even me, lol. Tiberius is just a fun character. Detren is basically what I’d like to be: compassionate, merciful, always does the right thing even when it’s hard, etc. Nissa is a lot of fun to write because she loves fashion so much, lol. With Ismena and Toril, I think they’re the most well-developed characters in The King’s Paladin. Oops. That needs to be worked on.

Siberia: How do you feel about each of the books?

Autumn: The Last Assassin is cool to write. In the beginning I was writing it at the same time I was writing The Heart of the Baenor (the prequel I mentioned above), and since Catessa is a main character in both, but she’s at very different stages in her life, that was really interesting. Now the characters and their interactions are just really cool, and the overlap with the other books.

The Shadow Raven is, as I said, my favorite. Nissa’s arc is really cool, Detren is definitely in my top ten favorite characters I’ve written, and their interactions are really fun/interesting/dynamic/tragic. Dynamic, that’s a really good word for them. So, yeah, again the characters are my favorite part.

The King’s Paladin is my least favorite, but I think that’s because I need to develop it and its characters more. I really like the premise and the idea of Coraline (the MC)’s character, but it’s not translating to paper well just yet. I’m hoping that once I come back to it I’ll be able to write it better and I’ll have it better developed.

Siberia: What genre or genres do you usually write?

Autumn: The most common for me is fantasy; both of my current projects are fantasy. I also do a little bit in the dystopian genre, and my short stories are often contemporary.

Siberia: Do you tend to write the same genres that you read?

Autumn: Absolutely. My writing has always been heavily influenced by what I read. To start out, I read a lot of mystery, and so my first attempted story was a mystery. That totally didn’t work (pro tip: always plot out a mystery before writing it), and looking back it was quite disturbing, lol. After that I got into reading fantasy – I think I started with Terry Brooks – and so that was what I next tried writing, and that stuck in both reading and writing. I haven’t stopped either since. My dystopian writing started a couple of years ago when I started reading things like The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner, etc.

Siberia: What do you like most about writing fantasy?

Autumn: Definitely the freedom. That was most of the reason I stuck with it after I started, was that there aren’t as many rules, you can make it up as you go along and you don’t have to do a lot of research. I enjoy research sometimes, but I don’t think I’d enjoy writing a kind of genre that takes an extensive amount of it, like historical fiction.

Siberia: And what’s the worst part of writing fantasy?

Autumn: Avoiding common tropes and clichés, maybe? I don’t know. There are some fantasy writers who’d say the worldbuilding, and I agree with them to some extent. There are times when I hate the work of worldbuilding, and then there are other times when I love just getting lost in all the creativity of it.

Siberia: How do you usually do your worldbuilding?

Autumn: There is no ‘usually’ with my worldbuilding, lol. It’s different every time. With a lot of my books I don’t do enough, actually, and so there really isn’t a process to it. With Themar, the world on which The Dark War takes place, I went through it step by step, and you can see those steps in the Deep Worldbuild Project posts on my blog. There are others that are in the planning stages where the worlds were actually the first things that popped into my head, and with those I’m trying to go as in-depth as I can to make those worlds really shine and stand out.

Siberia: What are your favorite and least favorite steps of worldbuilding?

Autumn: I hate coming up with wildlife. I don’t know why, I just hate making up creatures and plants most of the time. I think my favorite would probably be the culture, and what makes it stand out from the others around it and how they interact and whatnot. This is particularly true of the two I’m developing right now, Parvani and Kersir, because they both have very distinct cultures within them, and those cultures tend to clash a lot, and then compliment each other in other ways, and it’s really cool.

Siberia: It does sound like it would be fun to write. What is your favorite part of writing in general?

Autumn: The characters. Characters are what I connect with most both in my own stories and in those that I read. If I don’t like the characters, I’m likely to not be satisfied with the book, no matter how good the plot is. Sometimes an intricate world can redeem a book with bad characters, but that’s a rare occurrence. So, yeah, definitely characters. I love getting to know them and figuring out what makes them tick and what makes them the way they are. That’s definitely my favorite part.

Siberia: Interesting. And your least favorite part?

Autumn: Generally plot. I tend to stink at coming up with plots. There are a couple of exceptions, but I’m much more likely to have incredible characters and no adventures to set them on than to have an incredible plot with no characters.

Siberia: So, you said that Tiberius is a really fun character. What makes him so?

Autumn: Honestly, it’s mostly when he’s around Catessa. She kind of brings out his playful side, and he returns the favor. It makes the characters with the two of them my favorite to write. But he’s just got a fun personality, too. And yet he can be really serious when he needs to be, which is something that I always love about characters. I love those characters who can be really playful and teasing and never take anything seriously, but when something happens to someone close to them or something really important has happened, they can be really sober and serious.

Siberia: I’ve also heard you have a psychopath in The Last Assassin. What’s it like to write that?

Autumn: Really fun, actually. It’s really cool getting inside his head, because he sees things in details. He takes a whole and pays attention to the details involved, and it’s really fascinating and really creepy.

Siberia: And you said earlier that Cor is really wise. Could you give us a couple of examples?

Autumn: Sure! He has two quotes that really stick in my mind, and I actually made them into images so they look cool, lol.

Siberia: Those are super cool. *smiles* How old is he?

Autumn: He’s nine.

Siberia: Wow. I love him already! I can’t wait to read the story! How long have you been working on this story?

Autumn: I’ve been working on House of Mages for eighteen months, and I’ve been working on The Last Assassin for four.

Siberia: That’s a year and a half for House of Mages! Have you gotten discouraged with it along the way?

Autumn: I have. Several times, in fact. With almost all of my stories I’ve gotten discouraged at some point in the process, but I always get over it in one way or another.

Siberia: And how long does it usually take you to write a book?

Autumn: That varies a lot. My first novella took about five years, but there have been others that only took a month (NaNoWriMo for the win!). It greatly depends. And the editing process is something I haven’t even gotten into with most of them.

Siberia: How many unfinished books do you have?

Autumn: Probably somewhere around one hundred.

Siberia: Woah! Do you have any plans to pick some of those up again?

Autumn: Some of them, but not a lot. Most of them I only keep for future reference so I know what I’ve written, and at this point I’d have to start all of them from scratch because my writing has grown so much. There’s one series that I’d really like to reboot, but I’m having trouble figuring out how to go about doing that.

Siberia: What are your plans in general for future projects?

Autumn: For now I have my hands full with The Dark War Trilogy. I’d really like to focus on that one and get it published. I consider it my “passion project,” and I’d really like to see it in print, on shelves, and being enjoyed by an audience. After that, I think my next novel project will be the hesitantly titled Dark Queen Rising, but who knows what I’ll actually want to focus on by then?

Siberia: *chuckles* Okay. And where can we learn more about your writing?

Autumn: I have short descriptions of each of my main projects on the “My Books” page here on the blog, and I also have Pinterest boards for a lot of those, which are linked on that page as well. I have a Facebook page where you can follow my short stories and some of my writing updates, and if you sign up to my blog newsletter you’ll get updates on my writing and my blogging, as well as the codes to the first chapters of each Dark War Trilogy book.

Siberia: Sounds good! I think that about wraps it up for today. Thank you for coming.

Autumn: Thanks for the interview. :)

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