Please welcome Ariele Sieling to our first ever Author Spotlight!
1) If you could be any fantastical being, which would you choose, and why?
A dragon! Because I like fire and I would love to be able to fly. I’d be a grandmotherly old dragon, though, not the angry kind that steals princesses and hoards gold. I’d roast pigs for the town festivals and take kids on dragon rides.
2) What does your typical writing day/schedule look like?
First, I go for a walk. Then I sit down at my computer and do 2 – 4 hours of paid contract work. I have a variety of clients, and do everything from web content to copy editing to helping people publish books. Then I eat lunch, and possibly go for another walk. Then I spend the afternoon (3 – 6 hours) either brainstorming, writing, or marketing, or all of the above on a good, productive day.
3) Is there anything you simply must have in order to write?
Quiet. Noises from outside, cats, music—it all distracts me. The only noise that works okay is rain or a fan, and sometimes I’ll throw on a YouTube video of rain as white noise to drown out other distracting noises. I also need water handy, because oddly enough, I get really thirsty when I write.
4) What is your strangest habit?
I put frozen peas in almost everything I eat. I picked up the habit in college when I tried to give blood, but I was slightly low on iron. I couldn’t afford to eat meat regularly (cuz college) so I looked at other options besides taking it as a supplement, and peas was my favorite solution. Cheap, easy, delicious. I’ve never been low on iron since.
5) Are you a Planner or a Pantser?
Definitely a pantser, but I’m a deliberate pantser. I start out with an idea, a character, or a scene in my head, and then I set targets to hit. For example, I might know that a certain monster has to appear, or I might know that my characters need to get to a certain place. But how that happens and what they do in between? That’s a surprise!
6) What’s your favorite book>to>movie adaptation?
Possibly The Hobbit. Or The Lord of the Rings. Actually, no, it’s Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Absolutely hilarious. I also enjoyed Netflix’s TV adaption of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, and I’m looking forward to the TV adaption of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. Should be interesting.
7) Best advice for aspiring writers?
Always write, even if it sucks and you think it’s terrible. Just keep swimming (or writing, in this case).
8) What are your favorite themes to write about?
Hope. I’m a big fan of hope. Adventure. Curiosity. Exploration. I honestly don’t really think much about themes until after I’m done with the book. I find it just distracts me and makes my characters less realistic.
9) It’s the zombie apocalypse! You may choose 3 fictional characters to be on your team. Who are they?
I just need one: The Doctor.
10) In my series, The Essential Elements, the characters have the ability to control 1 of the 4 Classical Elements (Earth, Fire, Water, and Wind). If you could control one, which would you choose, and why?
Wind if it would let me fly.
11) In just ONE sentence, please tell us about your latest release!
I am working on a new project, that I will hopefully begin releasing in the summer—a post-apocalyptic world filled with monsters!
Thank you so much, Ariele!
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