It’s that time of week again, where we meet a new author! Learn about all the different approaches and methods of a motley assortment of talented individuals. This week, we’re welcoming Chris Pavesic, who kindly read and reviewed Stolen Petals on her blog!
Since writers are known for their clever way with words, what’s your favorite quote about writing?
Jim Butcher wrote the following on his Goodreads blog, and it is advice that really stuck with me:
“YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD WHO CAN KILL YOUR DREAM. *NO ONE* can make you quit. *NO ONE* can take your dream away. No one but you.” (http://bit.ly/1L0hqWv)
That’s powerful stuff. I love Jim Butcher! When you’re setting down to write, where do you draw your inspiration from?
Seriously there is no simple answer to this one. Inspiration, motivation, a desire to write—whatever you call it—has to come from the person. It is totally on the writer. If you are not inspired, you really have to sit back and ask yourself why you are writing a book, short story, poem, etc.? Are you writing because you want to be rich and famous? This doesn’t happen often and the lack of success could drain your motivation. Are you writing because you love to write–because it is your favorite thing to do? Doing what you enjoy is pure inspiration in itself.
I wanted to be a writer literally before I could actual write. When I was a preschooler I would tell stories to my Grandmother, who obligingly copied them down for me. Writing is my lifelong dream. So I don’t have trouble finding inspiration because this is what I want to do. Sure–there are days when it is frustrating, but I power through them because I want to write. I want to see something that springs from my imagination appear on a page so that others can enjoy it.
But I cannot stress the coffee factor enough.
Out of all the characters you’ve written, is there one that resonates with you, that you feel like you could write about forever?
Without a doubt my favorite is Devyn Du Chien from my first published novel, The Caelimane Operation. When I started writing, he was not going to be a main character. By the time I reached the end of the chapter where he was introduced, I had to go back and re-write it from his point of view. He was the most interesting character in the room. I hope my readers feel the same.
If you could travel anywhere on a dream vacation, where would you go?
Anywhere that I could go with my family and we could just hang around, visit, and do activities we enjoy would be a dream vacation. Time off is such a rarity for me that I’m pretty flexible in this regard.
Do you have a project in the works that you’re super excited about?
I have been have been working on a YA urban fantasy/dystopia novel based on a short story I wrote. It actually features different characters, so no part of the short story will appear in the novel, but I really liked the story world that I created and want to expand on it. I don’t have a title yet, but the short story was titled “The Revelation” so that might be a good working title.
When you’re not writing, what’re your favorite TV shows are you checking out?
This type of question always causes a quandary for me because I pick one and then think “wait . . . what about this other one?” So I have to choose between Grimm, Once Upon a Time, and The Walking Dead? Or Doctor Who? Or Game of Thrones? Going with the length of time I have watched the series as a tiebreaker, it will have to be Doctor Who.
(Just be glad you didn’t ask me my favorite author or book. There wouldn’t be any room left on your blog as I pondered the answer.)
How about in the book-o-sphere? Any recommendations?
I just finished Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan. It is a mystery novel filled with a lot of humor. I would certainly recommend it.
What’s your astrological sign?
Pisces. (I had to look it up.)
Any huge pet peeves when you’re reading a book?
When I am reading a mystery novel, I like it when the writer “plays fair” with his/her readers and provides clues that allow a reader to solve the mystery. I do not like it when a detective solves a mystery by applying an obscure fact that no one could guess—some bit of information that the author did not present previously in the novel. This is one reason I like Agatha Christie’s mysteries. She provides the clues throughout the book that should make the solution obvious, but does it in such a way that I can never guess the outcome until the end.
Where can readers find your and your books?
You can find my books at amazon.com/author/chrispavesic
You can learn more about me at my blog www.chrispavesic.com or on Twitter @chrispavesic.
I am on Goodreads http://bit.ly/1HsEls6 and have a YouTube channel, On Writing with Chris Pavesic.