First of all, I just want to say how happy I am for you! I started to follow your work on Fictionpress a few years ago and have read your stories several times. I made an Inkitt account to continue being able to reread them. Anyway, here is my question, what inspiration went into creating the land of Paerolia? And what advice do you have for writing stories that involve new worlds you have created?
What life experiences have you applied to your story that appear in themes or character development?
Hi Erin, and congrats on getting published! Your story was the first one I read front to back on this site and I loved it. My question, pertaining to your characters, is how do keep characters "in character" while giving them opportunities to grow dynamically? How do you take your character through the plot without making them too static or too out of character?
Hi Erin! Congratulations! Can I ask how the publishing process was?
What writing tips could you give us?
P.S. Where would I be able to purchase a signed copy of your book? :)
Heya Erin! Remember me? lol~~ Anyway~ I've finished reading The Rising Sun. My thoughts? Freaking. Epic. =) Back then, I asked you what inspired you to write The Rising Sun. Your reply really made me feel inspired and had me posting a story on Fanfiction that I figured wasn't going to receive much reviews but I pressed on anyway, because I wanted to explore different elements and stuff. I actually copied both my question and your reply to a document and saved it up, whenever I get writer's block
or feel down about my writing, I read it and poof: black clouds gone~ :D Haha, I'm rambling~ ANYWAYS~ here's my question:
How did you develop the characters in Paerolia? Did you actually plan something or just write as your heart tells you? Because I just write what comes to my head. XDD Thanks~ can't wait for your reply~
How much do you think your main female characters mirror your personality or characteristics?
HI Erin! First of all I want to congratulate you on your success with your Sky Rider series!
I was wondering if you have any traditions whenever you write, such as do you listen to certain music? Or do you ever snack on something while you write?
Also, what advice to you have for writer's block?
Thank you so much!
Hi Erin! Congratulations on getting published. I actually have a few questions on not your book, but the writing process itself that went into it.
1) What's the best way to do your outlining/world building? Would you separate by the worlds geography, species, religions, etc.? Or should you only write down what would be useful to your plot? (I tend to do the first one when writing in my notebooks).
2) How do you go about editing? Do you give it to a friend to look over, or ... See More do you do it yourself? Do you do it with a pen and paper, or online alone?
3) Lastly, Do you have any advice for creativity? I find that a lot of the time, I tend to go into deep writers block and I'm not able to come up with names to suit characters and what they should look like.
Hi Ama, great for you to have published. I have been invited to submit my novel, and I think that a writer's worst enemy is neither lack of time or procrastination, but fear of not being up to the daunting task of getting those words down and having them critiqued! That is something I will make sure to remind other aspiring authors if I ever get a chance as a published writer myself. One question, Do you think that marketing is even more important than the actual writing process itself? Thanks ... See More for your comments :-) Sonia
Congratulations! I won't bore you with questions that have already been asked, but here's my curve-ball for you;
How long did it take you to get published, since you started writing? and if you hadn't been signed with Inkitt/Tor, what route would you have taken to get published? What publishers would have been on your list of approachable publishers? Lastly, what methods did you incorporate to gain exposure for The Rising Sun
I too am a fantasy writer, ... See More and would like to know your experiences with regards to the above questions.
I thank you in advance for replying and once again, congratulations!
Dean R Boic
Erin Swan is the author behind the highly addictive Sky Rider series available to read on Inkitt. Erin submitted the series’ first novel, The Rising Sun, to Inkitt’s Hidden Gems writing contest never dreaming it would lead to a publishing deal. The novels quickly became a hit with readers and Bright Star is set to be published by Tor Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, in summer 2017.
Born in Lakeview, Oregon, and growing up as an Air Force kid, Erin’s writing hobby quickly grew into a passion that would inspire her to start drafting The Rising Sun at the age of 17. She currently lives in Utah with her husband and works as a marketing copywriter, in addition to continuing to work on the remaining books in the series.
The Sky Riders series transports readers to the land of Paerolia, where elves, dragons, and sorcerers roam the landscape. Frequently threatened by war, corruption, and Dark magic, Paerolia's fate rests in the hands of a select few who will shape the destiny of the land while overcoming the challenges that are set before them.
Post your questions and Erin will answer them on May 19 at 6:30 p.m. MT!