Today, I’m super excited to showcase the amazingly talented Chace Verity! If you love wonderfully imagined fantasy worlds, hilarious banter, and great romance, you’re going to want to check out her latest book Your Heart Will Grow (Psst. IT COMES OUT TOMORROW AND IS AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER ON AMAZON! Click HERE to preorder!)
I got the chance to ask her some questions about her writing and editing process.
Thanks for joining me, Chace!
What was your favorite scene to write in this story?
The inspiration for Your Heart Will Grow came from a dream I had about a mermaid trapped in a burning prison being rescued by a soldier. When I got to that point in the book, I was very ecstatic. Finishing a dream is so, so rewarding. The emotions the characters experience during that scene have changed over each revision, but it has been an exciting moment in every draft.
What are your future goals for your writing career?
Publish a whole series that makes people happy to read. I don't expect readers of the series to 100% love every book since each story is radically different, but I hope readers find one book they 100% love.
If you could walk into any fictional world, what would you choose?
I'm so enchanted with the world in Adventure Time. The Candy Kingdom is my choice of residence, of course, but it'd be fun to visit the Box Kingdom with all those cats wearing boxes. :)
Do you have any favorite writing resources?
Honestly, Twitter is invaluable to me. I have stumbled upon many wonderful threads that have helped me grow as a writer. Fonda Lee and worldbuilding, Sasha Devlin and plot bunnies, Naomi Hughes and interiority, etc. There are so many things to learn, and so many new ways to view things we already know as writers. Some of the best resources writers have is each other.
If you could give your younger writer self some advice, what would it be?
It's okay to write the stories you want to write. You're a confused child who doesn't know how to ask questions. You can always safely explore what you're feeling in writing. Even as an adult, the stuff you write down can remain private and completely free from the world pushing you down.
How do you reboot your creativity when you have writer’s block?
First of all, I back away from writing! I'll admit that sometimes I take a long time to admit I'm blocked. But when I accept it, I just get away from the computer, phone, pen & paper, whatever I'm using to write. I allow myself get lost in funny shows or heart-wrenching movies. I dive deep into video games and imagine what it's like in those worlds. Often when I come back, I start on something completely new, something that has no pressure attached to it.
Writing falls on a spectrum between a job and a hobby for me. But it's always important to take breaks from any job or hobby you have. A show I watched recently ended on a note where the main character realized because he had been too busy working, he failed to notice he was living his dream. That moment hit me hard.
Breaks are good.
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Author Website: http://chaceverity.wordpress.com