The inability to be objective with my own work. I'm such a perfectionist. Ridiculous perfectionist. I hate sharing anything until it's been smoothed over a million times. If I could just put on "outsider" lenses, that would uncomplicate my writing process by about fifty times over.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Interview with Crystal Collier, author of MOONLESS
Crystal Collier, author of MOONLESS, is a former composer/writer for Black Diamond Productions. She can be found practicing her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, three littles, and “friend” (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese.
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(Q) I think it’s pretty safe to say that most writers love reading. What are some of the books that influenced you the most? Anything you’d like to recommend?
When I was in elementary school I used to build up a stack of 8 to 12 novels for the summer, and by one month in, when I'd burned through all of those, I'd head to the library. Pick your genre and I can name you a few winners, but the FICTION books that most influenced me... Anything Dickens, My Friend the Monster, Dealing with Dragons, Odd Thomas, The Silicone Mage Trilogy, Jane Eyre, Another Fine Myth, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, The Mortal Instruments, Twilight, Harry Potter, The Tiger’s Curse series, Indian in the Cupboard, Maniac Magee, The Magician’s Nephew, Unenchanted, Another Fine Myth, Castle in the Attic…and innumerable others. (And yes, I highly recommend any of these.)
(Q) What is your favorite part of the writing process? What about it makes you love it?
Imagining. I know that's probably not the response you're expecting, but I love giving myself permission to daydream. I got serious about writing during a very difficult time of my life and created this other mental place where I watched characters suffer and realized my life wasn't so bad.
(Q) What’s your biggest pet-peeve when it comes to the writing world? Does anything get under your skin and itch?
(Q) If you could meet any writer, living or dead, and pick their brain over hot-chocolate, who would it be? What would be your first question?
Again, this is probably not what you were thinking and it's going to show my history-love geekiness, but it would be William Tyndale who first translated the bible into English and ended up being burned to death in 1536 for his writing. I would ask one question, only one: "Tell me your story?"