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 have 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 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.