Today we have one of our new Enclave authors with us, S.D. Grimm. S.D. Grimm loves reading and writing all types of speculative fiction, especially YA fantasy. Scarlet Moon, the first book in her YA fantasy series, Children of the Blood Moon, will be released in October 2016 from Enclave Publishing. She’s an editor at heart and does freelance work in addition to editing for Splickety Publishing Group. When she’s not reading, writing, or editing, she enjoys making clay creatures for her Etsy shop, Grimmlies, listening to loud music, Netflix binging, and anything outdoorsy. Her office is anywhere she can curl up with her laptop and at least one large-sized dog.
Welcome S.D. Grimm!
1) When did you realize you wanted to become a writer?
When I was in college, I was having a really hard time declaring a major. My dad leaned over to me one evening while I was looking at the difference between a Theater Major and a Russian Major and said, “Why don’t you major in English? Don’t you still want to be a writer?” I don’t even remember voicing that desire, to tell you the truth. But my heart leapt when he suggested that possibility. So I chose to major in English.
2) Tell us a little about your books.
Scarlet Moon is the first book in my Children of the Blood Moon series (that comes out in October 2016 from Enclave! Yay!) and it’s about Jayden, a 17 year old, dagger-wielding, orphan who has some special powers—like the ability to detect where lighting strikes. She is the only hope of saving a race of people known as the Feravolk, who care for all the plants and animals in her world, but there’s no way she’ll help them. They killed her family.
3) What was your favorite book as a teen?
4) What inspired you to write?
I’ve always loved writing stories, but I was inspired by reading great fiction. I wanted to create great fiction because I loved reading it so much.
5) In what ways does your faith impact how you approach writing?
When I write, I feel a stronger connection to God. It’s like we share a special bond through creativity. I believe God created us to be creative beings. We desire to create on some level. One of mine is writing. I love creating characters and worlds and animals no one has heard of. But when I create these things, it’s like I get a glimpse into the mystery of who God is, of what He loves and gets excited about: His creation. And I feel that writing continually allows me to see just how much he gets excited about us. His people. His creation. And feeling that love and joy and excitement that He has toward us humbles, enraptures, and awes me all at the same time.
6) Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star Wars. Hands down. No question. May the Force be with you.
7) Soft shell or Hard Shell tacos?
8) Favorite color?
9) Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
So many. And each book I write has a theme that reflects its own verse. My verse for the Children of the Blood Moon series is 1 Corinthians 13: 6-8a Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
10) Favorite dessert?
11) Do you listen to music while you write?
Yes! I have a playlist for each story I’m working on. A sample from Scarlet Moon’s playlist includes songs from Lindsey Sterling, Imagine Dragons, Florence + the Machine, Plumb, and 3 Doors Down.
12) What have you learned about yourself through your writing?
1. That God will write Himself into my stories better than I ever could. 2. That I’ll never stop learning, honing, and bettering my craft. 3. That if I’m a little intimidated to put certain words on the page, they probably belong there.
Thank you for joining us, S.D. Grimm. Also, be watching for more blog posts from S.D. as she takes over our mythological creatures posts from Nadine Brandes!
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