Welcome to the triumphant return of my fabulous and internationally-renowned author interview series, Ours Goes To Eleven. If you’ve been following our journey from the beginning, welcome back! If you’re new here, let me explain the concept: I interview authors and ask them a bunch of typical questions about their publishing journey and the industry. But because I’m me, I have to do something unique and make a nerdy film reference at the same time. So I added the Infamous Eleventh Question, which is a nonsense, silly question and a nod to that epic film masterpiece This Is Spinal Tap. Anyway, enough of that. Let’s get to the interview!
This week’s interview is with A.M. Rycroft, a dark fantasy author from Pittsburgh who shares my love of the 2017 Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins! Take it away, Ms. Rycroft!
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a dark fantasy and horror writer. I’ve published three books in my sword and sorcery Cathell series, and I’m about to launch a new series within the same world but even darker than the first.
2. Give us a five-word synopsis about your latest work.
A dark, raw fantasy adventure.
3. When you’re finished with a piece, do you find that it tends to differ from your original idea, or does the original idea remain more or less intact?
I usually have only a few preconceived ideas about how a book is going to turn out—I never plot outline beforehand—so I’d say the books usually turn out close to the handful of ideas I had for them.
4. If your book was made into a movie, who would you cast as the main characters?
That’s a good question. The only characters I’ve really sat down and thought about this with have been Tynan Selvantyr and Caeleb Wallace. For them, I would cast Kenneth Branagh and Chris Hemsworth, respectively. Kenneth for Tynan, because he’s so good at playing a pompous yet loveable character like Tynan, and Chris because Caeleb needs someone who can play an equally heroic and laid back character. As for the rest of my characters, well, the jury is still out as to who I’d like to play them in a movie. Maybe we’ll get to see that happen some day.
5. What’s the best thing about being an author? Worst thing?
The best is getting to create stories any time I chose, from anywhere. The worst is having to go through edits. Editing is crucial to a well-polished book, but making corrections is really draining for me because I’m not creating anything new.
6. What writer’s blogs make your Top Three list? Why do they stand out above the other flobbity–jillion out there?
Believe it or not, I don’t really read writer’s blogs or really any blogs at all on a regular basis. I don’t really like reading online. I know—how do I keep up with what writers are doing these days or get writing advice?! Usually word of mouth on Facebook tells me what someone is working on and I rarely need writing advice.
7. What is your writing-time beverage and snack of choice?
Water, of course, and coffee. I cannot function right without at least two cups of coffee per day. I don’t usually snack while I’m writing, though. I find eating to be a distraction while I’m trying to type, so I usually take food breaks.
8. Do you have any useful marketing tips for other authors?
If you’re going to be on social media, pick two networks to really focus on. Don’t split your attention across four or five like I’ve seen some authors do. You just won’t be able to keep up.
9. What changes do you see taking place in the publishing industry over the next couple of years?
I see indie authors slowly gaining more respect and readership in coming years, from readers, if not industry professionals. The industry has a stake in keeping indies shut out, but I think more and more readers are recognizing that there’s real indie talent out there. That will continue to grow in coming years.
10. What’s your next project?
I have two upcoming projects for this year. The first is book 1 of a new series called Corruption of Honor. It’s about an apprentice knight who finds herself in an impossible situation when her kingdom comes under siege and the king’s youngest daughter is put under her protection. It becomes obvious she’s in over her head and makes a mistake that could prove fatal for them both.
11. We need a definitive answer to one of Humanity’s most important questions: spearmint or peppermint? Which is better?
Peppermint, always. I can’t stand spearmint taste or smell for some reason. I’ve been that way since I was a kid.
A.M. Rycroft is a resident of Pittsburgh, PA. She read her first book of horror story when she was just eight. Her first fantasy book followed soon after. Scary stories and fantasy books quickly took over her life. To the horror of her teachers.
Rycroft’s dark fantasy Cathell series is a melding of her two reading loves: sword and sorcery fantasy and spine-tingling horror. She stays away from the stereotypical characters often seen in fantasy and focuses on strong female characters instead while throwing them into her special brand of dark, bloody adventures.
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