Today, we are honoured to have an interview with author ML Spencer. ML has written many books in the fantasy genre, including the recently released Dragon Mage.
You write in the fantasy genre. What three things inspired you to write in this genre?
I’ve liked fantasy ever since I was a kid. There’s just something about the hero’s journey that appeals to me, especially when it’s told in a special-world environment. I love the wonder of magic and the high-stakes of an evil world-ending threat. I love heroes that are willing to sacrifice everything to save the ones they love.
Who is the target audience of your books?
Which of the characters, in any of your stories, is the most like you and how?
Aram Raythe from my newest novel, Dragon Mage, is the character who is most like me. Like me, Aram is on the autism spectrum and is plagued with self-doubts and crippling social phobia. And, like me, he understands that ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) can also be his greatest strength.
This blogger: Aram sounds like a very interesting protagonist. I have every faith that people will love him.
What three things would you like readers to take away from your stories?
First, I want readers to come out of my stories feeling like they have a had a rich experience that grips them emotionally. Second, I want my readers to take with them a little part of my world and my characters. And, third, I want my readers to feel like they have learned a little bit of something about either the setting or even themselves.
On a meta-level, what do your stories mean to you?
I think they are probably my brain’s feeble attempts to understand itself.
This blogger: You are too hard on yourself, ML! You have written too much to have a ‘feeble’ mind.
Would you ever consider writing a book in another genre?
I started writing a historical fiction book once, but bailed on it. I would think about continuing at some point. But other than that, probably not. No other genres really interest me.
This blogger: That’s fair enough. If you fantasy is where you want to specialise, good on you!
If you could go back in time and speak with your younger self, what advice would you give a young ML Spencer about the writing process?
I would just tell myself to keep writing and don’t give up. I gave up too soon and didn’t write for almost a decade.
What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?
I enjoy the entire writing process. It’s what happens after the writing that’s not enjoyable for me i.e. Marketing. Marketing is the hardest part of this whole author thing.
This blogger: Yep, I can empathise with that. Marketing requires a very different skill-set to writing a book.
How has writing changed you as a person?
It’s certainly made me more reclusive. I am much more prone to going into a room and staying there all day than I ever was before I started writing. Also, I’m much more unhealthy, as I sit too much throughout the day.
What’s the solution? I guess I need to work out more and force myself to get out more. On the plus side, I have made a lot of relationships on social media that I never would have had without writing, and I find those extremely valuable.
This blogger: That is a very honest and fair assessment of how writing has changed you as a person. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Are you writing another book at present? If so, could you tell us a bit about it please?
I’m writing a sequel to Dragon Mage. It starts a couple months after the events of the previous book and follows the main characters as they confront new evils and bigger threats.
Outside of writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I really like to play video games, specifically MMORPGs. Right now, I’m playing Elder Scrolls Online. I actually met my husband on Guild Wars.
End of Interview
Alas, that brings our interview with author ML Spencer to an end. I would like to thank ML for her time, and to wish her all the best with her future writings and other endeavours.
You can purchase ML’s most recent fantasy book, Dragon Mage, from Amazon, as well as her other books, such as The Rhenwars Saga and The Chaos Cycle.
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