Hi Everyone! We are excited to have S.D. Grimm with us today, especially since her latest fantasy novel, Amber Eyes, comes out this month *squee*. So without further ado, here are Seven Questions with S.D. Grimm.
1) What is your favorite part of speculative fiction?
Possibilities. There’s something majestic about watching a gryphon fly over a battle scene. Something amazing about a ship that can “make the jump to light speed.” The thought that things outside of our “normal” realm of what’s possible holds a magical quality that makes me feel like a kid experiencing wonder, and I love it.
Yes! I agree.
2) Everyone seems to have a “how I got published” story. What is yours?
Well, mine involves perseverance, heartbreak, and joy just like everyone else’s, I imagine. I wrote, studied craft books, edited, went to conferences, wrote, edited, got smaller pieces published, wrote, judged contests, edited, got a job at a publisher as an editor and acquisitions editor, wrote, wrote, opened a freelance editing side business, edited more, and pursued my dreams. But when Steve Laube pulled me aside at my favorite speculative fiction conference (Realm Makers) to show me that he was reading the submission of MY book on his tablet, I. About. Died. He had so many great things to say about it, and that encouragement finally led to an offer.
Wow! That’s awesome 🙂
3) What is the one author, living or dead, who you would like to co-write a book with someday and why?
Do I have to pick one? Cornelia Funke. I loved her books the moment I opened them. The moment I read the first line. I felt like she understood the things that were valuable to me as a reader and took them to levels I wish I could attain plus I think she has strengths that would complement mine. Remember above when I said I want to feel like a kid experiencing wonder? That happened when I opened her books.
I think you would make great co-authors.
4) If you could travel anywhere for book research (all expenses paid) where would you go and why?
Ireland and Scotland. Wonder. Magic. Heritage. Culture.
And if you need a traveling buddy, I’m available… 🙂
5) Do you listen to music while you write? If so what are some examples?
YES! Some of the songs on the Amber Eyes playlist (which will be up on Spotify soon) are “All You Wanted” by Sounds Under Radio, “Ashes of Eden” by Breaking Benjamin, and “Monster” by Imagine Dragons.
*writes down new music to listen to*
6) What is the last book you read?
The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine. Very good.
I will have to check that out.
7) What is your favorite part about writing?
I have a tie. One is character interaction. As a person I love getting to know people on a deep level. As a writer, I love watching my characters interact. I love how they use what makes them tic, what they believe, what they know, their personalities, ambitions, and dreams, to make decisions. The other is creation. I love making new worlds, new stories, new places, magic systems, and characters. The creative outlet gives me a chance to step back and look at something new through eyes of wonder. And. I. Love. It.
*Happy sigh* Same here 🙂
Thank you, S.D., for joining us today! Here is where you can find out more about her books: www.enclavepublishing.com/authors/s-d-grimm
And as a bonus, S.D Grimm will be doing a live Q&A on Facebook on Tuesday, January 16th. If you can’t make it, you can still leave your question on the event page and S.D. will answer it (not to mention she is giving away a signed copy of both of her books and a $10 amazon giftcard!)
Jeffrey C. Reynolds
WOW!!! Great interview, Morgan. If I ever get my book published, I’d love to have you interview me (though my WIP is not speculative; I have one fantasy story on the back burner – more accurately fantasy characters – but I don’t know if I’ll get to it this side of the Kingdom.
Scarlet Moon is on my to-read-list in 2018, and I’m looking forward to reading it. And S.D., I enjoyed your answers, especially about going to Scotland and Ireland. Having that heritage (I actually have a dilluted Irish accent), that would be interesting.
Great interview!! I’m reading Scarlet Moon right now and LOVING IT.
Yeah, if you go to Ireland or Scotland, can you get one of those really big plastic suitcases for me to hide in…?