Welcome to the first of our blog posts introducing the creators working with Lyrebird Tales. Today's willing subject is Sam Marshall, the author of The Immortal Queen. Click the button below to reveal the interview.
Our questions are in italics, and Sam's responses are in normal type. Please enjoy this brief interview.
Where do you hail from?
Originally Canada, now I live in Hamilton, NZ
When did you start writing?
I was twelve when I first started.
What was the first thing you ever wrote?
The Immortal Queen. I've been writing it on and off since I started writing.
What's your favorite novel?
Ahhh... oh! Ship of Magic (The Liveship Traders) by Robin Hobb.
What authors influenced you most in writing The Immortal Queen?
From a story point of view about creating rich and magical worlds - Robin Hobb. From an encouragement to keep writing because they saw a story that needed to be told - Wanda Cowley
Where did the idea for The Immortal Queen come from?
Parts of it came from dreams I'd had... but it was mostly built entirely around Arcon. I was on Waiheke Island at the time and there was a forest next to where I was staying. I imagined the forest to be bigger and that it overlooked the sea and then I imagined a young girl in that forest. So basically Waiheke birthed the forest and the forest birthed Endya. Next came the country.
Can you briefly describe your writing process for us?
I stare at the screen for a good while, get distracted, play games for a bit. Feel guilty about not doing anything then somehow a few lines appear once I put fingers to keyboard.
Any advice for other writers?
Don't stop. Even if you don't think it's the best, keep writing. set at least an hour aside a week, or if you can a day. Don't beat yourself up if nothing much happens, just keep going.
Anything you wish you could tell non-writers about the realities of writing?
There's so many things...but the main one is that it's hard to get into a good writing space, it doesn't 'just happen'. So, if you know a writer and see they are writing or trying to write - give them their space.
Anything else you'd like to add?
If you have a story - tell it.
Thanks for your time Sam.
Not a problem. :)
There's our first creator interview. If you want more information about Sam or her work, click through to the Immortal Queen info page, and you'll find Sam's website by clicking her name.
Next week we'll be chatting to Steve Walsh, the creator of Kya & The Key to Nowhere.
Until then, may your stories be told loudly.