I love writing because it is all-consuming. My story insinuates itself into every aspect of my life. When I’m writing (and really, that’s practically all the time), I sleep and eat and dream and shower with my story in my head. My family gets bored of hearing about it every time I see them. My children’s eyes glaze over when I launch into another recap of my day’s work. I’m banned from speaking about the story when I have friends over for dinner.
I love writing because it is also voyeuristic. I love people-watching. I find the human species infinitely fascinating. I love studying people, trying to figure out what makes them tick and how I can translate that into my books. I often find myself listening to conversations and making notes when I hear a particular phrase I like. I study people at Target and Trader Joe’s (and probably scare them half to death) because I want to remember someone’s walk or the way they flip their hair over their shoulders as they’re leaning forward to look more closely at something on a shelf. I watch the way lovers kiss and touch. The way people interact and the expressions on their faces and their body language tell me more about them than their words ever could.
But most of all, I love writing because it is a necessity. I need to write like I need to breathe. I need to form worlds in my head and give birth to them on paper. I need to give the people living inside my brain a face, a name, a existence, a life. Writing is absolutely necessary to my mental well-being. If I don’t write, if I don’t let the characters in my head out, I honestly think I’d go just a little mad. Of course, anyone who writes is just a little mad to begin with, aren’t we?
Fiona Skye wants to live in a world where that bartender is actually a vampire and you run the risk of waking up in another universe every morning. Her books have been ranked in the top twenty Urban Fantasy and Fantasy Romance charts on Amazon and have received stellar reviews from readers around the globe. When she’s not writing, you can find her indulging in her love of crochet, hanging out with her family and her dog, or searching for the perfect plate of cheese and onion enchiladas. Her latest book, Silver Shackles, hits the shelves in 2016, and the first book in a brand-new series about the war between Heaven and Hell hits the shelves in April 2017.