I had the great fortune to gain an interview with the witty and intelligent R. R. Willica. I first met R. R. Willica on Twitter and enjoyed the lines she shared. I decided to read her book Darkness Falling: Soldiers and Slaves. I loved the book as you can see in my review, so I asked for an interview. R. R. Willica was nice enough to answer a few questions despite working on her second book, Darkness Falling: Shadow of the Seeker, which is scheduled to release June 18th.
Let’s get started!
Q1. When did your love of writing start?
R. R. Willica: I don’t remember the exact age, but I was pretty young, probably between six and eight years old. I was terrible at math, but my teachers always praised my writing. Even before that, though, I had a huge imagination and loved making up stories.
Q2. When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
R. R. Willica: I’m married and have 3 kids, so I spend time with my family doing things like going to museums or hanging out at home watching movies or television. I like playing video games. My favorite games are RPGs and MMORPGs like WoW, Skyrim, Fallout, Wildstar, and Final Fantasy (both on and offline.) I also work full time as a receptionist.
Q3. Where do you get inspiration for your characters and settings?
R. R. Willica: I get ideas from everywhere; music, television, pictures, video games, and even just sitting quietly. My brain is always coming up with ideas and it’s up to me to sort them out.
Q4. Are there any future projects you’re excited to get started on?
R. R. Willica: I have a lot of future projects that I’m planning, many of which are already in progress in rough draft stages. I have already began a rough draft of a fantasy comedy, which will be my main focus after Darkness Falling. I also have plans for two other fantasies that are stand alone novels set in two separate worlds. Another projects in the works is a fantasy that is more magical realism on present day Earth, a teen zombie comedy, and two psychological thrillers. Yes, I am crazy, why do you ask?
Q5. What resources do you use to write?
R. R. Willica: I primarily use my computer. I do not like writing by hand, it’s not easy for me. I also often use my phone notepad to type quick scenes or lines when I’m away from my computer. As for writing guidance I read a lot of different blogs, articles, and anything that comes my way. Google is also my friend for research.
Q6. Who are your favorite authors?
R. R. Willica: I have a lot of favorites. For early inspirations I would say J. R. R. Tolkien, Katheryn Kerr, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, and Tadd Williams. I also read a lot of Stephen King as a kid. Later I really enjoyed Douglas Adams and J. K. Rowling, and Jane Austen. Recently I’ve been having fun reading Terry Pratchett and Christopher Moore. Right now I’m reading a lot of indie authors, especially those who are “undiscovered,” like Angela D’Onofrino, Jewel E. Leonard, and D D Sydral, just to name a few. There’s a lot of good work out there to read. (But be warned, I’m a really tough reviewer, so watch out!)
Q7. What lessons have you learned from your adventures in writing?
R. R. Willica: Writing is really hard and you have to keep going. It’s a long road, and you won’t get the feedback you’re looking for the majority of the time. Sometimes it can be really frustrating, but if you keep going it’s worth it. Even if you never become famous or rich, if it’s what you love to do then it’s worth doing.
Q8. What advice do you have for someone writing their first book?
R. R. Willica: My best advice is to not listen to too much advice. There is a lot of advice out there on what to do and what not to do, but really you need to trust your own instincts. Do what works best for you. Try out other advice, but if it doesn’t work, then don’t worry. “Real writers” come in all shapes, sizes, and mental capacities. It’s hard to get to the end, so don’t allow yourself to become bogged down with too many opinions.
Q9. If you couldn’t write, what activity would take its place?
R. R. Willica: If I couldn’t write I would slowly go into a dark wallowing of despair that I’m not fully aware of, and eventually I would find my way back out into writing again. Actually, I would probably play a lot of video games, that’s what usually happens.
Q10. What can you tell me about “Darkness Falling: Shadow and Seeker”?
R. R. Willica: Shadow of the Seeker starts only a few days after where Soldiers and Slaves ended. If you’ve read the first book, you know it ended rather abruptly and left a lot of questions not only what’s going to happen, but what in the world is actually going on. Shadow of the Seeker is going to answer a lot of those questions and starts to move the characters in new directions. All of this will hopefully set the stage for book three, Secrets of Syerset, and the final conflict. I’m hoping to have book three ready in the Winter of 2017.
A big thank you to R. R. Willica for being so kind as to do this interview. I wish you much success.
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