Dragon Soul Press proudly announces author Abigail Linhardt has joined the ranks. We will proudly be releasing her Fantasy LitRPG titled Revary in January 2019.
Introduce yourself and what you write.
My name is Abigail Linhardt and I write primarily fantasy! Every year I do the National Novel Writing Contest and try to expand my writing genres by choosing something different every year. I have written fantasy, steampunk, science fiction, romance, and I’m going to try a mystery novel.
I started writing as a child and was always working on something up until I realized I could major in creative writing in college. I was able to work on my craft through those many years and love nothing more than creating stories and worlds for people to escape to.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
I would say “Don’t worry! You feel like a fraud but you are not. You think you will never make it but you have to keep going. Even if no one reads what you have written, it’s important for you to put the words on paper!”
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
I am a big fan of standalone novels and those are the ones I enjoy reading most. I also enjoy writing them because then I get to dabble in a little bit of everything. But I do have a couple projects where I am trying to work on creating one huge shared world that will span centuries and we will see magic turn to technology and generations of characters have adventures.
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
I have a favorite author whose name is DeAnna Cameron. She writes novels about belly dancers, and as a belly dancer myself, I greatly appreciate her stories! She is also a dancer so she understands the life and what it feels like to dance to that amazing music. That makes her books extremely personal to me and I can relate to them on a whole different level. She writes very vividly, her historical context is right on, and her romance is dream worthy!
What does literary success look like to you?
Holding my book in my hands! Beyond that anything else is a plus. I want people to read my stories and I want them not to only be entertained, but I want them to learn a little something about themselves and the world they live in. I want them to have a question at the end of each adventure. If I have done that, then I have succeeded.
How many hours a day do you write?
Like most other people, it really depends on how many papers I have to grade and how many hours I am working at other jobs. However, I sacrifice exercise time for writing any day! I try to write a number of words or to complete an idea rather than clock how many hours it takes. But with literary success will come more hours for writing! That’s the goal and the dream, right?
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Writing without “completing“ the book is totally different. If I am writing in November for NaNoWriMo Then it takes me just a month to write a book. I have done it several years in a row and have finished every time. So sometimes it takes me a month! Other times it can take me a year or years. But I am learning to discipline myself into getting things done. For example, I have one novel that will turn into a series that has been haunting me for 10 years. Probably because it’s the first thing I ever wrote. But I need to get it done, it deserves to live.
What was your hardest scene to write?
Intimate scenes are always difficult. But once you get going with those they tend to flow and become natural. Fight scenes, on the other hand, require so much editing they are no doubt most difficult. You think they are going well but then when you read it back you realize you use the same phrase or motion a dozen times! And you have to go back and edit it out. Then you read it again and it is still not flowing and everything is choppy and what was once an exciting fight scene is now boring, descriptive, motions. It can be very difficult!
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
I have completed seven novels and have 10 short stories finished in a serial I have been writing. I have a handful of short stories and poetry (that will never see the light of day!) and an entire trunk full of plot and novel ideas that I have gathered up and written over the years. Sometimes, when I can’t write on the story I want to, I use a story generator and create a plot outline. So I should never have writer’s block!