Today’s interview is with Susana Imaginario, author of Wyrd Gods.
You can find it below.
1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Susana Imaginário. I live in Ireland.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
Wyrd Gods is a (grim)dark fantasy with hints of satire and mystery.
3) What is the book about?
It’s about falling from grace and the thin line between selfishness and self preservation. How limited each individual’s perspective is and the consequences of assumptions and miscommunication. It’s about predation and redemption.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I saw this ancient yew tree in an old graveyard, all gnarled and hollow amongst the faded gravestones, and tried to imagine how it all would have looked like when the tree was young. This led to a series of incomplete stories about time travelling through trees. I liked the concept, but failed to make it work, so eventually I used the plot of another unfinished novel written years before that, a sort of Clash of the Titans set in Niflheim and (after many drafts, revisions, edits, tears and curses) Timelessness was born.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
Three years altogether. I had to stop and restart several times for ‘real’ life always takes priority.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
So much! I’m still learning. Not just about writing and publishing but about myself and those around me. It has been a life-changing experience.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
I have the simplest website. For now.
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
Just write. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Learn from them, fix them, and then write some more. Listen to the advice of everyone who seems to want to help you but don’t believe everything you’re told and don’t try to please them all either. You’ll fail. At the end of the day, you’re the one who has to take responsibility for your work, not them, so you better be proud of it (yes, that also includes the mistakes).
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
Fantasy, scifi and historical fiction are my favourite genres, but I’m always up for reading anything new and different. And sure, I’ll be happy to review.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa. It’s a flawed and incomplete masterpiece. I find it soothing. It’s not the sort of book to read through in one go, but to keep on your nightstand instead and randomly open when there’s no one to talk to. A must have for every introvert writer.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
Yes, I have a very spoiled Portuguese Water Dog named Locke.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
My old fourth generation Kindle is still my favourite device. I don’t like the glare of any of the new ones (including paperwhite).