As a native Russian speaker (I assume) writing in English, what words, expressions, or ideas do you find hard to convey in English that would be easier in Russian? What doesn't come as easily to English storytelling that is more natural in Russian? Is it specific phrases, emotional states, or is it simply cultural situations that Russians might understand that would need endless explanations in English? Do you find you have to translate ideas often as you write, or is good storytelling ... See More universal and beyond language?
How do you, as an author, overcome the anxiety of publication? It is terrifying to know that your work is being seen by so many strangers.
Hello, hello, darlings. I’m here.
LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED.
You can ask me anything you want, like if I sleep in pajamas or not, or where I hide my candy, or will I teach you how to fart glitter (I won’t, sorry, trade secret). Also, for every question you ask you must send me a diamond, or a bag of cash, or, okay, if you’re poor I’ll take socks or plum jam. Or you can send me your grandma’s jewelry. I don’t mind. I’ll take it. As a thanks for my time. See? I’m very ... See More generous and not demanding at all, right? Right.
So go ahead. Don’t be shy. I won’t bite. Well, maybe a little.
Thank you so much everyone for taking precious time out of your day and coming here to ask me questions and to listen to my silly answers. I love you. And I love you Inkitt people who made this possible. You are the best! We will be friends forever now, we will make each other bracelets and do sleepovers and tattoo each other’s names on our foreheads and stuff like that. Right? Right. We’re family now.
Well, while you’re pondering if the above has any sense, let me tell you that I ... See More had an absolute blast talking to you and that I hope I have answered your questions to your satisfaction. If you have any more, you can bother me via email (http://www.kseniaanske.com/contact/) or my blog (http://www.kseniaanske.com/blog/) or on Twitter (https://twitter.com/kseniaanske) or on Ello (https://ello.co/kseniaanske) or any other shiny internet playground you happen to frequent (and see me there digging in the sandbox). I will try to my best to get back to you as soon as I can, but if I fail, bug me again, because I might have simply overlooked your message or forgotten while distracted by my pet sloths. Yes, I have pet sloths, 10. They warm my feet when I sleep.
Okay, what else? I love you. I already said that. Keep writing no matter what. Write every day. Read as much as you possibly can. Never listen to those who tell you you can’t Prove them wrong and do it anyway. Or you can always come to me and cry on my shoulder, and I will fetch my bazooka and go deal with them my own, Russian way. Good luck! Here is one more thing.
NEVER GIVE UP.
You’re much closer to it than you think.
And now all run and buy all my books right here http://www.kseniaanske.com/ and write me book reviews everywhere and send me plum jam.
Thank you for being here, Ksenia! It is so great to have you.
I wanted to ask - what advice to you have for writers who are just beginning their journey? They face a huge world, one made ever larger by the realms of literature. This can be overwhelming, and writing alongside so many peers can be a daunting experience. Do you have any words of wisdom for them?
Hi Ksenia, I have just a simple question, but maybe it isn't simple at all.
What inspired you to write in the first place? Did you always have an urge to pen fiction, or did it grow on you?
Have you ever written fan fiction before? Do you think it is a good medium to practice writing from, or is it a waste of time?
I will stay longer answering your questions, you guys, so ask away. I've got my coffee here.
I have another question
Do you think reading helps writing, or does more writing help writing? Or both?
Or even more 'experience' and 'writing what you know'?
Since we were discussing opening lines, do you think that the opening line is the most important part of a book? How to you really nail that single sentence?
Fantasy author Ksenia Anske answers all your questions at 8pm (PST) September 18th
Ksenia's been named one of the 100 Top Women in Seattle Tech and Geek of
the Week of Seattle PI.
Born in Moscow, Russia, Ksenia came to US in 1998 without knowing English.
She lives in Seattle with her boyfriend and their combined three kids
in a house that they like to call The Loony Bin