Happy Thursday everyone!
I recently had the privilege of interviewing one of our new members, SK Anthony!
1. What do you write?
I write mainly adult/New Adult and in different genres. So far Ive concentrated on urban fantasy, contemporary, and light sci-fi, but Ive found myself flirting with YA recently. Well see though, not sure Im ready for it…or rather, not sure I have the time. And eventually…very far in the futurewhen I have the nervesI hope an MG series will be in the works.
2. Why do you write?
I love the power of words. The escape it provides both the writer and the reader. The fact that they can read the same words and be affected in a different way because the emotional journey is unique to their personal experience is simply amazing in my eyes.
I want to be a part of that. I think I am part of that. Also, as a shy person I find it much easier to share my thoughts, dreams, and hopes through writing.
3. What are you currently working on?
Im currently working on Static, the second book in The Luminaries series. The main character, Kevin Pierce, was introduced in book one, Kinetic. Im also working on a contemporary spy novel, and working on my twins to become more independent. Okay, so the kids are not novels…but the more independent they are, the more I get to write. Ha!
4. Who’s your favorite character that you’ve written and why?
I do have to say its Kevin, my current MC. I enjoyed writing him in the first book; introducing him and his wickedness to readers was a lot of fun. Now hes grown up and learning to deal with responsibility and relationships…and as you would expect from a young guy, hes making quite a few mistakes. But always, always a little naughty! I love his sense of humor, which of course I would since Im making it up, but thats not the point. In my head hes funny…Umm, yeah. Also, his heart is in the right place, and the lemons life is throwing at him? Well, its been interesting to say the least. Especially since he doesnt like lemonade.
5. If you could meet any author, who would you choose and what would you ask them?
I choose J.K. Rowling. Most questions have already been asked, and anything I need to learn is easily found through research. But if I could, I would like to ask her to add my name as co-author to the Harry Potter series. Im sure she wont so Ill just settle for acting really awkward and nervous around her. Im sure she wont notice, though. Right? Right?
Alternatively, Id like to meet my future self and ask me to give me all of my completed manuscripts ahead of time. It would save me a lot of stress, Im sure. And I would spend more time with my bed and kids, win-win.
6. What authors or books influence you in your writing?
Its difficult for me to limit these to one or a few authors. All books Ive read, whether I fell in love with it or not, have taught me a little bit about the literary world. Each author is different, and if Ive read your work, Ive learned something from you.
If it made me feel something, anything, it has influenced me. Period.
7. What’s the most difficult part of your writing process? Is there something you struggle with constantly? How do you break through?
I think whichever stage Im currently in is the most difficult and at the same time the most rewarding. When Im revising, I wish I was starting to put new words to page, and when Im doing that I wish I was polishing up instead. Once Im done with each stage, though, I feel accomplished. Whether its close to being finished or not, the fact that I pushed myself when I felt stuckbecause I love what I dois something Im proud of.
How do I break through? Perseverance and wine. Seriously. Sometimes I have a glass of wine to shut the critical voice in my head so I can keep going. And thats the most important thing: keep going.
8. Tell us something about you that the readers might not know!
Oh, a secret! This is difficult…what to share? What to share? One of my childhood nicknames (that sometimes still follows me) is Macaroni. No, I didnt love macaroni growing up. I guess I liked it, or maybe I just looked like a little curved macaroni? I dont know.