I’m happy to host an interview today with Rhonda Parrish, the author of fantasy novel “Aphanasian Stories”. It’s a fantasy collection of three short stories, and each of them sounds very intriguing. Enjoy the interview!
As cliche as it is, I think I’ve wanted to be a writer since I knew what one was. I remember, as a very young kid (3 or 4) sitting in my Mom’s living room learning how to read with Hooked on Phonics (or something similar) and falling in love with reading. Since I was always making stories up in my head, it seemed like the perfect next step for me to want to start putting them on paper.
I always find this a very tricky question to answer. My inspiration always comes from so many places and they just kind of merge into a big ole inspiration stew in my brain. After much simmering and stirring sometimes I can ladle a story out. Wow, that’s a bad analogy LOL
Sister Margaret was largely inspired by a writing prompt at NaNoLJers (http://nanoljers.livejournal.
But at the same time, Lost and Found also drew inspiration from an image prompt I’d seen at a writing community and that pre-dated Sister Margaret so…
I guess the short answer is, I don’t know.
The first draft. I struggle with first drafts, with getting my butt in the chair (or pen on the paper if I’m writing it long hand) and pulling the words out.
When I connect with readers. When someone reads one of my stories and says ‘That made me cry’ or ‘That made me think’ or ‘I liked that’. That is what I treasure above all.
Ahh another trick question 🙂 Aphanasian Stories isn’t one novel, it’s three separate tales written at three different times so… I don’t know. Not really. Sister Margaret took me a day or two, A Love Story was part of a NaNoWriMo novel so it took less than a month. Lost and Found was part of the same NaNoWriMo novel but required so many complete rewrites before I was happy with it that I think it took me at least a year. Not counting revisions once I had workable first drafts on each of them.
Ahh that’s a tough call but I think Teyat. No, Shadow. Or Bayne. Uh… no, definitely Teyat. I think. Maybe.
I have a pretty long blog post about this here –> http://www.rhondaparrish.com/
Long. Partly because I am a perfectionist but mostly because I love editing. I usually let a first draft of anything sit for a week (or three) and then come back re-read it and do an initial edit, then depending on how confident I feel about my objectivity toward the piece I’ll either let it rest and edit it again, send it on to a trusted critique partner or start submitting it to publishers.
I’m going to be self-publishing a collection of zombie poetry in the coming months, and I’m also super engaged with the Metastasis anthology. Metastasis is a collection of speculative stories and poetry all with the theme of cancer and we’ll be donating at least 50% of our revenues to help fight cancer which is huge to me. I’m currently still accepting submissions, you can get the details at my blog –> http://www.rhondaparrish.com/
Thank you so much for having me 🙂
Thanks for answering my questions, Rhonda!
About Aphansian Stories
Author: Rhonda Parrish
Genre: Fantasy Short Story Collection
Three of Rhonda Parrish’s beloved Aphanasian stories brought together in one collection for the first time!
A Love Story: Z’thandra, a swamp elf living with the Reptar, discovers a human near the village. When she falls in love with him, she faces the most difficult choice of her life, a decision that will affect the Reptar for generations.
Lost and Found: Xavier, the escaped subject of a madman’s experiments, and Colby, a young lady on a mission to save her brother, must combine their efforts to elude capture and recover the magical artifact that will save Colby’s brother before it’s too late.
Sister Margaret: A vampire hunter and a half-incubus swordsman are hired by a priestess to kill the undead pimp that is extorting, torturing and murdering vulnerable girls.
When she isn’t procrastinating or gaming Rhonda writes fantasy, YA and horror. She also maintains a blog at http://www.rhondaparrish.com and loves sushi.