Welcome Echo Fox, YA Fantasy author!
Please tell us a little about your writing – for example genre, title, etc. I’m currently writing the fourth book of my fantasy series. The Equilibria Series is different from many other series, in that each book can be read as a standalone. Each one focuses on a different character in the same world, Pangaea – it will only be in the fifth book that the characters will meet each other. So it really doesn’t matter what order the books are read in. The order I’ve written them in however, is ‘Wave Singers’, ‘Earth Drummer’ and ‘Air Riders’. Can you guess number four’s title?
Research can be important in world-building, how much do you need to do for your books? Do you enjoy this aspect of creating a novel and what are your favourite resources? I love researching and do it constantly; as a hobby rather than a chore. I maintain a Pinterest board where I keep all the latest images inspiring my fantasy world and characters and once I have that visual aspect it’s much easier for me to start creating the blanks – who is this person, why they act like that, what their history is. You can see my board here: http://www.pinterest.com/radientcolour/equilibria
Sort these into order of importance: Great characters; great world-building; solid plot; technically perfect. Can you explain why you chose this order? (Yes I know they all are important…) Tricky! I’d have to go with solid plot, great characters, great world-building, technically perfect. Although saying that I do find bad spelling or grammar a big no-no when reading, it distracts me from the story too much. If the plot has obvious, gaping holes in it then the whole story fails in my eyes. Great characters help move things along and provide someone for the reader to empathise and identify with. World-building is important, especially in a fantasy or sci-fi work, but ultimately the characters and plot line is what you fall in love with.
Do you self-edit? If so why is that the case? Do you believe a book suffers without being professionally edited? My other job is as a copywriter / editer, so yes, I do self edit. However, you can always miss things or get carried away so I generally have a couple of beta readers on hand to help out. My book is always read and checked for consistency and errors by about four or five people before I publish it.
Do you read work by self-published authors? Yes, indie books are often an untapped well of brilliant stories unbound by the publishing house’s views on ‘What sells’ or ‘What the public want’. I find my next reads through the social movement #IndieBooksBeSeen.
What are your opinions about authors commenting on reviews? How important are reviews? Reviews are everything. Well, no, that’s melodramatic. Reviews are pretty important. It’s how I know whether someone liked the book, or what they would have changed. It helps me grow as an author and it helps potential new readers make a decision on whether to take a chance on my books. I really appreciate every review that comes my way and I love chatting to people on Twitter and Facebook about their favorite characters.
What three pieces of advice would you give to new writers?
- Start writing. Just sit down and do it.
- Keep writing. Don’t stop to edit or change things until you have a first draft down, complete.
- Join a club if you need motivation, like NaNoWriMo – I love the charts, I’m a sucker for gold stars. Find my profile here: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/radiantc
Most authors like to read, what have you recently finished reading? Did you enjoy it? I just finished ‘The Palace Job’ by Patrick Weekes and loved it – you can see my review on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1061345227?book_show_action=false
What are your views on authors offering free books? I think it’s great, I do it myself. Many people cannot always take an expensive chance on a new author, so a free book is a chance to discover a new author without any monetary risk. If you’re interested in knowing when I next offer a free book, you can sign up here: http://echofoxbooks.co.uk/register-interest/
Do you have any pets? I do, a black and white cat called Kiddo, who I adopted from my boyfriend’s sister when she moved house and couldn’t take the cat. She is hilarious, but camera shy, otherwise she would be an internet sensation by now.
Can you name your worst job? Do you think you learned anything from the position that you now use in your writing? Hmm, worst job? I was officially a Receptionist at a Day Spa, but the position eventually boiled down to ‘General Dogsbody.’ I can draw on that for feelings of being put upon, for sure. As a freelancer, I’ve had lots of jobs that fuel my writing, such as Crematorium Assistant, Sports Coach, Nutritionist or Florist!
Can you give us a silly fact about yourself? I used to hiccup – a really tiny, squeaky little hiccup – at least once a day, consistently, for about three years.
Book links, website/blog and author links:
Twitter: @EchoFoxBooks https://twitter.com/EchoFoxBooks
Mailing List: http://echofoxbooks.co.uk/register-interest/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Echo-Fox/e/B00GR98CM6/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
1st book Wave Singers on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wave-Singers-Equilibria-Echo-Fox-ebook/dp/B00GQYQBL6/
2nd book Earth Drummer on Amazon:
1st book Wave Singers on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18819891-wave-singers
2nd book Earth Drummer on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22067102-earth-drummer
3rd book Air Riders on Goodreads: