Today I have an interview with Nicole J Persun, author of A Kingdom’s Possession. It was named a finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award in the Fantasy category at the American Library Association Conference this year.
Do you have a writing routine?
My writing routine by definition is somewhat simple: write every day for two hours. The complication arises from actually making that happen. I used to write first thing in the morning, but this year has been a bit different with the complications of college and a recent move. It’s tricky to maintain a habit of writing when there are so many distractions. The key is to make time for it, no matter what. Period. It takes a lot of
discipline to write daily, but it’s essential to being a writer. Nowadays, I write in the late morning and early afternoon. I’ve been a little more sporadic than I’d like, but I’m retraining myself to be more consistent with my writing again. After all, I write because I enjoy it, and when I remind myself of that, it’s easy to fall back into a routine.
Did you base any of the characters on real people?
I did not, nor would I want to. That being said, my characters are still a compilation of different personality traits drawn from countless individuals. In order to write a character, you must know them inside and out. I could never wish to know another individual that deeply. The beauty of characters is that, although they are fictitious, they are still individuals. When I write a character, I am discovering them as they are discovering themselves.
What types of prewriting do you do?
I do virtually no prewriting. When I start a book, I like to know where it begins, and what the climax of the story is. The rest I leave up for discovery. Outlines are too boring for me, as I like my writing to be an explorative process. Perhaps the only prewriting I’ll ever do is a few notes to ensure I remember my ideas, and on rare occasion, I’ll write up a scene or two.
Do you write your book from page 1 to the end, or do you jump around?
Page 1 to end, usually. Like I mentioned in the last question, I’ll occasionally write out a scene or two before I actually start the book, and in that case, I’ll paste those into the book as needed. For the most part, however, I go from beginning to end. I like to write my books the way they will be read, working toward the climax of the story just as a reader would. Chris Humphreys (author of Vlad: The Last Confession) once said that writing a book is like climbing a mountain: the first draft is simply finding the best path to the top, the second draft is finding the best toeholds, and the following consecutive drafts are for making the path as smooth as possible for the reader.
About Nicole J Persun
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Nicole J. Persun is a Fantasy writer who lives in Port Townsend, Washington. She started seriously writing when she was thirteen, and hasn’t stopped since. “I write to explore, to transport myself somewhere new, and uncover the complex minds of my characters.”
A Kingdom’s Possession blends ancient magic, love and intrigue in a romantic fantasy told in a fresh new voice.
A wayward prince, his twin brother, a mystical woman of fire, and an escaped slave band together, to free an outcast goddess – if they can elude a powerful rogue kingdom intent on their destruction.
Max, a young woman who has just escaped a life of slavery, finds herself at the heart of a heated rebellion and a complicated legend. As the kingdom of Alice seeks power among the realms, a flawed goddess is thrown from the heavens and forced to reside inside Max’s body. The king of Alice, lusting for the rewards the goddess will grant upon the kingdom that releases her from her human cage, sends spies to capture Max and release the goddess in the most ruthless way: through death. Will Max and her friends solve the magical riddle before her pursuers? And what of her budding love for the prince? A captivating tale of love, freedom, and choices.