Middle of November. Days are starting to get really short, helped along by losing Daylight time. Have you had snow yet? I mean, accumulating snow?
Well, this week we have Sean Valiente, author of The Lightning Knight, and so let’s jump right in!
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
In high school I really started to flesh out the idea for a character, and from there over the years I kept taking notes on more characters, ideas, plots, etc.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
The most surprising thing I learned when creating my books was how new characters would suddenly pop up in my story that I had never thought of before. It was super fun because it was all brand new to me, and then these characters would become their own person with their own motives and personalities. I thought going into writing you knew everything you wanted and then you wrote it, but for me, it was like, “let’s get from point a to point b and see what happens in between!”.
Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Write, read, and write some more. Writing is like anything else, it takes practice. Some people are naturals, and some need a bit more help, but at the end of it all, the only way to get better is to do the work. Reading helps you understand how writing works, and writing helps you practice what you’ve learned.
What do you think makes a good story?
Characters are what makes a good story. You could have the coolest world, the most interesting magic system, the most wonderful writing style, or even an interesting plot. But none of that matters if the readers don’