Guest Author Interview with M. M. Wedin!

Thank you author, M. M. Wedin, for taking the time for an interview with us! The interview focuses on The Hope for Dragonhold (King’s Fall book 1). More links and info can be found at the end of the post! What inspired you to write this book? Answer: I never used to read fantasy much. I wasn’t a Lord of the Rings fan, but I got inspired to write high fantasy after playing RPG games such as Dragon Age, and after getting totally addicted to Game of Thrones! Can you tell me about the book? Answer: After twenty summers of peace in the small land of Ordea, a land divided by mages in the south, and warriors in the north, the silence is broken. The King of the south finally plans to bring the north under his rule. With invasion from the south imminent, the King of Dragonhold sends a highly trusted commander to forge an alliance with the elves in Myalis. Uncertainty and terror fill the residents of the north. Royals, hunters, watchers, and soldiers brace themselves for the end of one of the two Kingdoms. A young princess faces an impossible decision, an enchanter is forced to act against his own beliefs, and a hunter is thrown into a precarious journey through the now war filled landscape. One king will fall, and one will take the throne. The future of the land will be decided by a battle between a staff and a sword. What is your writing process like? Answer: All over the place! I work best with a tight deadline. I often leave writing to the last minute. I am also a book editor, which means my client’s work comes first and foremost. But, having said that, I always make my own deadlines! What did you learn when writing the book? Answer: Basically, everything there is to know about writing fantasy! It isn’t an easy genre, especially not high fantasy. I found it more interesting and fun to challenge myself, rather than write what I am comfortable with. What surprised you the most? Answer: The amount of stamina a writer can have to sit down and write one day, and the total lack of it the next. Being an artist can be hard work, as it required self-discipline, even if writing is enjoyable! What does the title mean? Answer: The title ‘The Hope for Dragonhold’, signifies the hope of the citizens, royals, and residents of this town in times of war against a new enemy, namely, sorcery. Was the character inspired by a real person? If so, who? Answer: No, I have 4 main characters, and they weren’t inspired by any real person 😊 What do you think happened to the characters after the book ended? Answer: It is still going! I am currently working on book 2! What advice do you have for writers? Answer: The most important thing to remember is to have fun! Don’t get caught up worrying whether it is good or not. All that comes in later. The writing process should be fun, not stressful. Does writing energize or exhaust you? Answer: Both! It depends on the day, one day it may energize me to the point I walk around the house and playing out scenes in my head, while others, I just know I HAVE to sit down and write, and it can be exhausting! What are common traps for aspiring writers? Answer: Worrying too much about the quality. And, for self-publishers, not hiring an editor, or paying for a good cover. What is your writing Kryptonite? Answer: The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym? Answer: I may, if I stray towards a different genre in the future. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want? Answer: Neither. I write me. Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book? Answer: I am currently working on a series. King’s Fall was at first supposed to be a trilogy, it may end up longer. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? Answer: I have a few I have started on, they are by no means ‘half finished’, only a few pages. How many? Probably 4 or 5. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? Answer: Lots! I generally do the research as I go. I don’t set time aside for research, I do it when I discover I need to. My main topics lately have been details about medieval living, clothes, houses, and such, as I never really paid attention to all this in History class! How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one? Answer: I still consider myself part-time, as I also do editing. How many hours a day do you write? Answer: A day? I try to write every day, but it doesn’t always happen. I can sit down and write for an entire day at times, while only doing an hour or two on other days. I guess I am more of a ‘binge’ writer, rather than a consistent one. What period of your life do you find you write about most often? (child, teenager, young adult) Answer: New adult, adult. I love YA books, but have yet to write one! What did you edit out of this book? Answer: Oh, a lot, but I would say I ‘changed’ it, rather than ‘deleted’. How do you select the names of your characters? Answer: I use random name generators online, and sometimes, a name just comes to me 😊 If you didn’t write, what would you do for work? Answer: Edit and coaching aspiring authors! What was your hardest scene to write? Answer: ‘The cabin scene’, as me and my partner calls it. It was a scene where my characters find a cabin with an older couple in it. This scene changed so many times! Nothing felt right, until we both agreed on a final draft, which made it to the finished novel. What is your favorite childhood book? Answer: I can’t remember the books I read as a young child, but after a big break from reading, I picked it up again at age 17 with Twilight. How long on average does it take you to write a book? Answer: If I do it consistently, about 4 – 6 months. Do you believe in writer’s block? Answer: I believe writer’s block happens when a writer tries to force the words onto the page. The key is to walk away, we are not always meant to be writing. What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand? Answer: Computer! When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer? Answer: When I was very young, about 10 I would say. How hard was it to sit down and actually start writing something? Answer: It was never hard for me to start a novel 😊 Do you aim to complete a set number of pages or words each day? Answer: No, I don’t have limits or goals when writing. Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you? Answer: I have a base-plot, then things can change over time. Do you read much and, if so, who are your favorite authors? Answer: Yes I do, my favorite is Stephen King, and I like a lot of single novels or series by different authors, such as Emily R. King and Juliet Marillier. What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion? Answer: To be engaging, surprising, and suspenseful. How would you feel if no one showed up at your book signing? Answer: Awful! But I would keep my head high. I am good at looking at things from the bright side. Do you recall the first ever book/novel you read? Answer: No! I wish I did. How much of yourself do you put into your books? Answer: Nothing and everything. Who are your books mostly dedicated to? Answer: My partner, as he has helped me immensely, he is almost a co-writer to my fantasy worlds. Who is the most supportive of your writing in your family? Answer: Everyone is! Writers are often believed to have a Muse, your thoughts on that? Answer: I don’t think I have one. A muse to me is just motivation and inspiration combined. Another misconception is that all writers are independently wealthy, how true is that? Answer: Not true, while some writers make it to the big figures, it is not the majority. Is it true that authors write word-perfect first drafts? Answer: No, absolutely not. I tend to edit as I go, and change as I go, meaning I end up with less drafts than maybe someone else, but a draft is a draft, nothing more. Did any of your books get rejected by publishers? Answer: Yes, and some got an offer, which I ultimately declined, as the terms didn’t seem favorable enough. What is your view on co-authoring books; have you done any? Answer: I haven’t, I think it is excellent when done right! Is writing book series more challenging? Answer: Not necessarily. I think it’s the same as writing stand-alones only. Does it get frustrating if you are unable to recall an idea you had in your mind some time earlier? Answer: No. If I can’t remember the idea, it wasn’t a good one. Have you ever destroyed any of your drafts? Answer: No! I would never 😊 Can you tell us about your current projects? Answer: Currently working on book 2 of the King’s Fall series. Had any of your literary teachers ever tell you growing up that you were going to become a published writer one day? Answer: Yes, many 😊 Were your parents reading enthusiasts who gave you a push to be a reader as a kid? Answer: Yes, especially my dad. He had almost every Stephen King book ever published. Do you enjoy discussing upcoming ideas with your partner? If yes, how much do you value their inputs? Answer: Yes, and a lot! As mentioned earlier, he is like a co-writer, I bounce all my ideas with him. Have you ever turned a dream or a nightmare into a written piece? Answer: No, they never make enough sense for me to do so! Links:

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