Meet Author Susan-Alia Terry!!!

Who’s your favorite author?

I like a lot of authors, but Stephen King is probably my favorite, with Clive Barker a close second.

Which book or books have most informed you as a writer?

Probably The Books of Blood, The Great and Secret Show, and Imajica by Clive Barker. His ability to walk through different worlds is so amazing to me.

When did you realize you wanted to write?

After I completed my first National Writing Month. I did it on a whim and it was such a rush! Writing still is a rush!

What was your last completed project?

Coming Darkness (http://mybook.to/ComingDarkness) is my most recent release.

What are you working on now?

The follow-up to Coming Darkness. The plan is to complete the initial story and then branch out with stories within the universe.

What is your writing “process” typically like?

I start with an idea that expands as I begin to write. For instance in Coming Darkness the initial idea was of a Lucifer that had never been to hell. What does that look like? Who is he? Then it spirals out from there. Why hadn’t he been to hell? How did we humans learn a story about him that isn’t true? All the little components then attach themselves like pieces of a jigsaw. And like jigsaw pieces there’s bunches that seems to have no connections – those either fit into the current story or coalesce into another one.

How do you combat writer’s block?

Do not pass Go! Do not collect $200! Seriously, the best thing to do is redirect. For me that’s watch a movie, take a nap, play a video game, take a walk, etc. Anything that occupies my active, conscious mind and allows the story to simmer quietly in my subconscious. Forcing it never works. Either I write what I don’t want and have to delete, or I manage to write a paragraph of questionable usefulness while beating myself up the entire time. Redirecting is healthier and ultimately more productive.

Where do your ideas come from?

The ‘woo-woo’ answer is the Great Subconscious – the Great Collective. Every thought ever thought and yet to be thought. The material, practical answer I suppose could be my ability to ask fantastical questions, especially of things we already think we know the answers to.

What’s your greatest challenge as a writer?

To stop comparing myself to other writers, especially those whose talent I admire, but also those who are more successful than I am.

And what has been your greatest triumph (so far)?

Releasing my first book! Holding a physical copy of my first book – the culmination of years of effort  - has been the most amazing thing. I doubt I will ever get used to how wonderful that feels.

 

 

Thank you, Susan!!!