Magic of Solstice Fantasy Writers’ Tour-Louise Findlay

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It’s the kickoff of the Magic of Solstice Fantasy Writers’ Tour! Today I’d like to welcome fellow fantasy writer Louise Findlay. She was a good sport and agreed to answer a few questions about writing and being a fantasy author.

Rebecca: Tell us about yourself. Where you’re from, etc.?
Louise: Well I’m from drizzly Scotland. Funnily enough it rains a lot. I think England steals all of our good weather as it’s always dismal there on the seldom occasion we get good weather, lol.
Rebecca: What is your most recent project? Tell us a little bit about it.
Louise: Well my most recent recent story is for school. I’ve got to write a short story. It’s in a very brief stage where I Louise Findlay Image 2have a basic idea of a person who has control of plants/vines and transmits a virus that poisons/turns people into a plant. There will also be a vampire which with their different biology reacts differently to this virus. Vicious Vines is my working title but I think it will change.
Rebecca: Did you choose writing or did writing choose you?
Louise: I think I chose writing really. I’ve always enjoyed writing stories and building on my skills there is fun.
Rebecca: What do you find so appealing about writing fantasy?
Louise: It is quite a broad genre and it also has many sub-genres, paranormal fantasy and urban fantasy to name a few.
Rebecca: What authors make you want to be a better writer?
Louise: Renee Scattergood and KJ Hawkins.
Rebecca: Do you have any traditional fantasy tropes that you like to use?
Louise: Well good vs evil is one I use regularly though sometimes I have a creative backstory for my villains (see guest post for Joshua Robertson.)
Rebecca: Do you have any weird writing rituals?
Louise: Not really. I generally write my longer fiction solely on my laptop and with my short stories/poetry/fanfiction I sometimes jot down notes on my iPad on Evernote and pen and paper to copy to my laptop later.
Rebecca: What inspires your world building?
Louise: I don’t do that much world building since most of my stories are short or poems.

Louise’s Bio:
Louise Findlay writes fantasy (generally short stories) and inspirational poetry. She enjoys reading and writing about mythological creatures such as angels and demons but has a soft spot for vampires. Louise is currently in the midst of writing a vampire novella about two vampire clans whose deputy’s clash in a big way, entitled A Spy in the Sagax Vampires.