Both. I love writing when I’m able to get the inspiration/imagery put into words, but there always comes a point when exhaustion hits no matter how much or how little I’ve actually written. Just thinking about plot points, the characters’ circumstances and where the story is going (etc) can be mentally draining. It’s worth it in the end though.
One thing both readers and authors should be aware of and respect is that in no way can authors write books like chefs can cook a meal to order. We should strive to be original in what ways we can, but all readers have varying tastes in what they want to read or will accept as reading material. I see far too many discussions/debates over what readers of fantasy will or won’t accept, and in my experience, if we put all those gripes together, they cover more or less everything the genre stands for. It has, and still does, make authors want to quit while they’re ahead. Authors should write what they want to write about, while bearing in mind what has gone before them; we simply are not able to tailor our books to each and every individual’s expectations, and nor should we be expected to. Beverly Cleary, author of Young Adults and Children’s fiction once said, “If you don’t see the book you want on the shelves, write it.”
Continue reading the interview: https://selenekallanfantasywriter.blogspot.com/2018/03/interview-with-melissa-joy.html
KEYS OF THE ORIGIN
It’s a shame I can’t give it 10 stars! I’m obsessed. I’m looking forward to a re-read less than a day after finishing Keys of the Origin. I don’t even know where to start.
Read Selene’s reviews of Keys of the Origin and Endeavours of the Unsung: