Writing Wednesday: Author Interview

ES MoxonAuthor Name: E.S. Moxon

Website: https://elainesmoxon.wordpress.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Elaine-S-Moxon-1462044924028239/

Twitter Handle: @word_seeker

Title of Novel: Wulfsuna – Wolf Spear Saga 1Firstly, thank you Natasha for inviting me onto your blog and the opportunity to talk about my writing.

Q1. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING? AND WHAT WAS THE FIRST THING YOU CAN REMEMBER WRITING?

Since I could write I’ve been telling stories. I wrote and illustrated my first ‘novel’ when I was 8 years old – it was called ‘Mittens the Kitten’ and charted the adventures of a marmalade tabby kitten with white paws.

Since then I have experimented with contemporary women’s fiction, romance and fantasy. My journey into Historical Fiction began in 2009 with the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard. It stirred my imagination and set me on my own journey to uncover more about that period and before.

Q2. DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO BE A WRITER?

I wanted to be a writer, though not in the sense of it being my main career. I knew I would always write, as the desire is within me and ideas are constantly flowing. I’ve written alongside my careers, which have been varied and I think these have bled into my writing, informing what I write about. I’m a great believer in life-giving texture to creativity. It wasn’t until 2009 that I felt I wanted writing to be my sole profession, possibly because I had at last found the right genre. Historical Fiction is diverse. I can not only become other people when I write, I can live in another time. To imbue that in my novels requires a lot of research, which I enjoy immensely. Research has led me to read the amazing and the unusual and given up some unexpected surprises as well!

Q3. HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU WERE WRITING THIS BOOK?

When I began ‘Wulfsuna’ in 2009 it made me feel like no other writing project ever had. I knew I was embarking on a path that would be fulfilling and exciting. I don’t know how I knew this, but it felt comfortable and thrilling at the same time

The world of the Wolf Sons feels very real to me, as do the characters. I felt totally immersed in the story and even cried when one particular character died. To be returning to these characters for Book 2 in the Wolf Spear Saga has been a fond reunion and I’m thoroughly enjoying myself. It’s giving me a chance to explore some of the same characters as older and wiser individuals, as well as introducing new characters.

Q4. HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO WRITE?

‘Wulfsuna’ began life in August 2009 and I spent 8 months on the first draft. I then shelved it while I wrote two other saga ideas in later periods. I revisited it 2 years later and began redrafting in between family commitments. A published author recommended their editor to me, so I submitted it. After a major rewrite and the inclusion of several chapters at the beginning of the book, it began to take shape and by 2014 I had secured a publishing contract with Silver Wood Books. ‘Wulfsuna’ was published on 21st January 2015 and I haven’t looked back.

Q5. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE WHERE YOU GO TO WRITE?

I write whenever I can find time between job, family, housework et al! We have recently tidied an office in a spare room, which means I can leave all my writing folders in one place, and that is a quiet space. However, I often write on the sofa with a laptop and have recently been writing in cafes. Removing myself from the house has been refreshing creatively and I’d recommend it for anyone who feels their writing has become staid. It’s also a more social way of writing, especially if you take a writing friend with you! Plus you can buy cake.

Q6. WHEN YOU BEGIN WRITING, DID YOU EVER THINK YOU’D GET TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW?

No, I don’t think I ever imagined I’d be where I am now. It even feels strange writing this, to admit I’m a published author. But it’s the greatest feeling to know people are reading my stories and entering the world of the Wulfsuna. I am so grateful to be where I am and to see where this journey will take me.

Thanks so much E.S. Moxon. It’s been amazing to learn more about your writing and how far you’ve come! Here’s to wishing you many more writing adventures…

If you would like to buy Wulfsuna, you can do so here.

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