When I say that I am a writer, and an author, people always ask the same question – what do you write? Although I have varied interests, and have written in various genres, I always say fantasy.
Fantasy was where my writing journey began. As a little girl, I would write these elaborate little stories that were filled with imagination that had been given to me by the Harry Potter series, awesome siblings, and an even better mother.
When I was 14, I started writing “No Secrets” which is now known as “Ash Born”. This marked the beginning of my “fantasy author” status.
But why did I write that story? Why that series? Why the one I’m writing now (a children’s fantasy series)? Why, no matter what else I write, do I always come back to fantasy?
Writing fantasy is truly special because it is limitless, to an extent. As long as you can justify something , the world is your oyster. You don’t have to follow set rules. You can let you imagination, your inner child, run wild.
Writing fantasy kicks ass! There’s nothing more fun. You can build entire worlds, play with them as you wish, and create a horde of characters to interact with that world. You feel like a god! There’s awesome battle scene, discoveries that even you as the writer are making, and it’s truly a journey.
I’ve already said this, but it is a key reason why I write fantasy. I love to create. I love to make something that wasn’t there before. I don’t want to have to adhere to our world’s laws. I want that creative freedom and with fantasy, you get that and more.
The readers’ wonder:
There is no better feeling that hearing someone talk about your book, or ask you questions about it. With fantasy, I feel like this magnifies. People are asking about the world you created, the powers of the people, if this changes that, and so on. The questions and the wonder and the thinking is so much deeper when it comes to a fantasy book.
I enjoy fantasy myself:
Some say you should write what you know. I don’t know if I fully agree with that, but I believe in “write what you like.” Write what you’d want to read. Make the perfect book for you and tell that story. I love watching and reading fantasy books and films, hence why I got into the genre. I love seeing heroes and creations beyond imagination. I love reading a fantasy book and saying “whoa that’s an awesome idea!” And so I wish to give that feeling to others.
The last reason why I write in the fantasy genre is because I like to escape from this world. Reality can be dull or sad and so having an escape is sometimes very healing. My writing, especially fantasy writing, is that escape for me. I suddenly feel like anything is possible and that I do have control. Plus, allowing my imagination to run free is one way to remember that my mind is full of great things.
My current read: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Last fantasy watch: Black Panther
My fantasy series starts here: Ash Born