Today we are lucky enough to get an interview with the fabulous S.A. McClure. I got to meet her at at convention and I hope you all enjoy meeting them as much as I did!
Tell me a little about yourself.
I’m just a girl who fell in love with exploring new worlds through literature. I grew up fascinated by stories with strong female characters, daring adventures, true love, and wars between good and evil.
By day, I work with college students and pretty much all of my spare time is spent either writing, traveling, reading, watching movies with my significant other, or cuddling with one of our three cats.
What are your go to snacks/drinks as you work?
The absolute best drink I consume while working is a chai tea with a little pumpkin (and occasionally vanilla) from Starbucks. I don’t really eat while I’m writing, but if I did, I would probably munch on mini Reese’s cups.
When did you start writing?
This is a tough question. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. In fact, my mom kept a box full of short stories and poetry I wrote as a kid. I wrote my first full-length novel during my freshmen/sophomore year of college, but was too afraid to do anything with it. Then, in 2016, I thought, ‘why not?’ and published the first book in my fantasy series: Keepers of the Light. Since then, I’ve published a total of 5 books and have several slated for 2019!
Why did you decide to pursue writing?
Writing is like breathing: I couldn’t live without it. I have a strong belief that our stories are what connect us to one another. They are also what allow us to dream of different worlds and better tomorrows. I couldn’t image a world where the stories rattling around in my head weren’t shared with others.
I like to think that if at least one person is inspired by something I’ve written, then I’ve done my job as a writer properly.
Who are some authors you look up to?
My favorite fantasy author right now is Brandon Sanderson. I love how he creates believe characters, unique magic systems, and interesting new worlds. I definitely aspire to write characters that readers have an emotional attachment to the way he does. I also look up to Sarah J Maas. She writes both strong male and female characters that have flaws as well as strengths.
Of course. J.K. Rowling, Tamora Pierce, J.R.R. Tolkein, George R.R. Martin, and Jane Austen have had a significant influence on my writing as well. I think the common thread between all of these authors is that they were either exceptional at writing interesting characters or worlds, which is exactly what I try to do in my own stories.
What genres do you write?
I write mostly fantasy; however, I dabble in sci-fi. I do write romantic subplots into my stories; however, none of my stories are strictly romance.
Are you traditional, independent, or hybrid published?
I am an independent author and love it.
Why did you choose that publishing path?
When I was doing my research on the 3 main paths an author can take, the indie platform seemed to be the best fist. I get to keep the rights to all of my stories and have control over them. I love that I can work directly with my editors and cover artists to bring my stories to life.
What are your favorite books?
My all-time favorite book is Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen. What can I say? I was an English major in college and fell in love with how Austen was able to write about the female experience in England during the Romantic Period. Beyond that, I am a huge fan of the Mistborn Series by Sanderson, the Throne of Glass series by Maas, Game of Thrones by Martin, and Harry Potter by Rowling.
Which protagonist would you want to swap places with?
Wow. That’s a tough one. I always admired Anne (of Anne of Green Gable’s) story and how she remained thoughtful and full of imagination through all the trials she faced. But, in all honesty, I would probably swap with Hermoine Granger. I’ve been waiting for my letter from Hogwarts since I first read the Philosopher’s Stone.
What do you love about writing?
I love how I create new worlds to explore. I love resolving conflict among my characters and watching them develop throughout the entirety of the story. They become like real people to me as I write them.
What is the most difficult thing for you about writing?
Finding time to properly budget for writing has been one of the most difficult parts. I work full time, commute, just got married, and travel a lot with my partner. I’ve created a pretty solid schedule for writing each day, but time management is definitely one of more challenging aspects of the writing process.
If you could live in or visit any fantasy world, where would you go?
I would visit the world created by Tamora Pierce for Alanna and Daine. I would also love to visit several of the places depicted in the Lord of the Rings.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I am very inspired by music, art, and nature. I find myself creating brand new stories every time I find an amazing piece of cover art or travel someplace new.
What are your “fandoms”?
My fandoms include Harry Potter, Marvel, Star Wars, Brandon Sanderson, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
What are some lessons you have learned about being an author?
I’ve learned that it takes a lot more than writing chops to be successful in the writing world. It also takes a thick skin. It can be difficult to remember that every reader has their own interests and tastes. A bad review doesn’t mean you should give up. Take the feedback (if there was any), learn from it, and keep going!
What projects are you working on?
I’m currently working on a book that will be featured in the Souls & Shadows Box Set. This story, Spellbreaker, follows a brand new character set in the same universe as the Broken Prophecies and Wings of Gold & Snow. I’m also working on the third book of the Broken Prophecies Trilogy and the first book in a science fiction/superhero novel that will be released later this year!
Where can people find your writing?
Currently, most of my work is exclusively with Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited; however, Spellbreaker is featured in Souls & Shadows, which is available for pre-order on Nook, iBook, and Kobo. It’ll also be available on Amazon soon!
Where can we get your books?
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