Featured Interview With A.C. Ward
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Accountant by day, writer by night. I’m a bit of a Japanophile and addicted to manga and dating sims. I have a dog, cat, gecko, snake, fish, and tarantula for pets. I’m a born Floridian (a rare breed).
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I loved reading Muggie Maggie and Dear Mr. Henshaw in elementary school and wrote my first short story around that time, of a blacked out van kidnapping my best friend and tracking it down. I started a lot of stories in middle school, but didn’t learn to finish them until much later. Too many ideas to jump around to. I dreamed of moving to New York and being a starving artist, but I had a free ride to college and became an accountant instead. The writing dream never left, but did get delayed.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Juliet Marillier is one of my favorites to read, as her poetic voice is very different from my own. I like to write dialogue and action best, not description. I think that evolved from my love of manga. Too bad I can’t even draw stick figures. Furuba and Skip Beat are my favorite manga series to date. It’s all about characters for me.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Katana of Trust, the first book in The Kami Prophecy, highlights my love of feudal Japan folklore and history. I’m a bit of a Japanophile, and I let myself go in building the fantasy world. The first book was written within a month, and was sparked from a dream. That whole first scene played out in my head. I loved the idea of a child growing up among godlike creatures without even remembering her name. Then Masaru showed up with his eyepatch, and I was lost from there. I absolutely love my characters and editing keeps getting delayed because I get sucked into the store each time I start reading. I write something I’ll love, and hope others find joy in it, too. Creating characters is my favorite thing, and I don’t think Shou and Masaru will disappoint.
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