Back to another interview 🙂 This time it’s with Clayton Synder, bringing his really nice cover to the Scar hideout.
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First of all, tell me about yourself! What do you write?
I am a person made of meat. I write mostly fantasy/horror, and sometimes comedy.
How do you develop your plots and characters?
Develop? It’s all chaos, and furious editing later.
Tell us about your current project.
My current project is the sequel to River of Thieves, though I’ve got about six others floating around at the same time.
Is this your first entry into SPFBO? If not, how many times have you entered?
First time. Oh God, oh God.
Who would you say is the main character of your novels? And tell me a little bit about them!
Even though the story revolves around Cord, Nenn is the narrator. She’s an orphan, sold into Our Lady of Perpetual Weeping and Moaning, who grew up selling her knife for questionable work. When we meet her, she’s trying to go straight by working at the local mill, though nothing lasts forever.
What advice would you give new writers on how to delve into creative fiction?
Read, write, etc. All the usual. Really though, just do it. Write the thing you want to read. Write what you want to inflict on people. Let your weird flag fly.
What real-life inspirations did you draw from for the worldbuilding within your book?
A great deal of social issues, and the personal rage that stems from what I perceive to be injustices in the world.
What inspires you to write?
Anger. Melancholy. Music.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
The middle. It’s always the middle. It’s like baking a cake. The edges get all crispy while the middle is always a bit underdone, but if you leave it in too long, the damn thing burns.
What is your routine when writing, if any? If you don’t follow a routine, why not?
I try to sit down and just write for a couple hours a night.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
Probably the actual heist, and the end.
Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?
I learned I can write something people enjoy without confusing the hell out of them.
Are you a plotter or a pantser? A gardener or an architect?
Pants. Outlines tend to burst into flame around me.
It’s sometimes difficult to get into understanding the characters we write. How do you go about it?
There’s a piece of me in every character. Then I just stretch it, like taffy, until it fills the silhouette.
What are your future project(s)?
River of Thieves sequel, two anthologies, a Dark Souls inspired novel, a book about a city of necromancers, and a novel called Godsfall set in a post-apocalyptic fantasy world.
What is your favorite book ever written? Who are your favorite authors?
I don’t think I have a favorite? I love a lot of books, as with authors. It’s an obscenely long list, to be honest, between short and long-form fiction.
What makes a good villain?
Sympathy helps. If that doesn’t work, contempt. Utter bastardry.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Game, miniature modeling, play guitar, hang out with the pups, movies.
If you couldn’t be an author, what ideal job would you like to do?
I’d be an MD, but since I passed the age threshold on that a while back, the writing thing works.
You can travel to any planet or moon in the Solar System. Where would you go, why and what would you do there?
Mars. It would kill me fairly quickly, and I’d appreciate that kind of ruthless efficiency.
Pick any three characters from a fiction novel. These are now your roadtrip crew. Where do you go and what do you do?
Harry Dresden, Eric Carter, and Monza Murcatto. We’re gonna fix some things.
Finally, what is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page, here on Goodreads, etc.) and link(s)?