This week I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down and talk with Amara Lynn, the author of Masks.
First, let’s get a little background information.
Amara loves anything to do with pirates, merpeople, magic, super villains/superheroes, paranormal, and just about anything else that happens to strike her fancy.
When she isn’t thinking about her own characters, she is usually reading, listening to podcasts, playing video games, or taking way too many pictures of her two cats. She is addicted to writing and music, and gets most of her inspiration when listening to music and going for walks.
You can find more information about Amara here:
Here are the questions I asked Amara.
Who is your favorite author and why?
My newest favorite is V.E. Schwab. Her writing is absolutely wonderful. My old favorite is Lynn Flewelling and her books The Nightrunner Series and the Tamir Triad. Her books were my biggest inspiration when I was starting to write.
Where did you get your inspiration for Masks?
I’m always coming up with characters to write together with a friend of mine, and originally came up with the main character Avari that way. Avari was a supervillain because I’ve always loved the villain or antihero type character. I ended up running away with backstory stuff for him and came up with a whole story, and thus Masks was born.
What was your favorite thing about writing Masks?
When it all finally clicked and I felt like I had a handle on Avari and his inner emotions and struggles.
What was the hardest part about writing Masks?
Getting edits back for the first time, and feeling so overwhelmed by the whole thing. I didn’t think I could do it, but I did.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I actually wrote an in depth piece about this on my blog, because a lot of people say they always knew. I didn’t always know I wanted to be a writer, but looking back, I’m very surprised that I didn’t realize it sooner. I was always making up stories in my head and had a very active imagination (still do). The time I actually thought I wanted to write and maybe someday publish things was when I was about 20, after reading the book Twilight and thinking “I could do this.”
How long did it take you to write Masks?
That’s a complex answer. The very first draft of Masks I wrote on and off, and that took about three years. When I got edits back and a rewrite was recommended, I rewrote the whole thing in about four weeks.
If you could go back to before starting Masks, what would you tell your past self?
Here are some things I learned the hard way: Get a good handle on your characters and get inside their heads, and get an outside opinion before submitting your work somewhere. The last one especially!
Any tips or tricks for authors trying to publish their novels?
You don’t have to have an agent. Find open submission calls that interest you and try submitting to them and see what happens. Pace yourself. If you don’t succeed at first, don’t give up. Also, always seek feedback when you can! The more you write, the easier it gets.
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