Auden is a Dark Fantasy writer. She can't help it. Darkness and dark things have always fascinated her. She tried to write light, "normal" stories, but it didn't work out. She holds a B.A. in English, a M.S. in Library and Information Science and she studied Creative Writing in England. She's a Research Assistant/Author for Aubey LLC and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her short stories are now available through Amazon. Her first novel, The Sciell, will be released March 2014.
Please welcome Auden Johnson to my blog. She is the author of Welcome to My World, No Vacancy and a few others. She is currently working on The Sciell a dark fantasy novel.
What inspired you to write your first book?
The Sciell, which comes out next year, isn’t the first novel I wrote, but it’s the first one that’s not completely terrible. It started as a short story. I wanted to write a horror story from the monsters point of view. Then, I started thinking about what would happen if I just continued. Scenes unfolded. The story kept begging me to finish it. Suddenly, I had the first draft of a novel.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m a panster all the way. I sometimes start with a question like “what would happen if money didn’t exist”. Sometimes, I just start with a scene and go from there.
What type of research do you do before writing?
I don’t research before I start. While writing, I’ll realize I need more information on something, like weapons, and then I research.
Do you have a specific place you like to write/music you listen too, etc?
For some reason, I really don’t like chairs. I usually write on the floor or on the couch. When it’s warm outside, I take a blanket the park and work there. When I’m writing, I’m so in the zone that I don’t hear anything. I could have music playing, but I’d forget it’s on.
Do you have any authors that have influenced your writing?
I have a weakness for chilling atmosphere. I love Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft. I also love the characters from Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels Trilogy.
When did you decide that you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve been writing since I was a kid, but I didn’t call myself a writer until recently. I never wanted to be a writer. I tried to be practical because I know there’s like no money in writing. No matter what I did, I always came back to writing. So, I stopped fighting it.
What do you think was the hardest part about writing your novel/s?
Worldbuiding can be fun, but it’s also a nightmare. Creating a world from scratch sometimes makes my head feel like it’s about to explode. There are just so many details you have to consider. I also created my own power system from scratch, which took me years to perfect- and a lot of research. For my Merging Worlds Trilogy, the three novels takes place several years apart. The world changes between each book, which means I have to do a lot of worldbuilding for each book.
What made you decide to write in your current genre?
I started out writing horror. My love affair with books and writing started with that genre. As I wrote more, I noticed my stories didn’t look like other horror novels. Mine were all set in these dystopian fantasy worlds. That’s when I discovered dark fantasy. My stories fit perfectly in that genre.
Of course. I have a folder on my computer with unfinished novels and short stories that are just terrible. Well, not terrible. They’re unfixable. I keep them because I can’t bring myself to delete them. Who knows, I may be able to use pieces of them.
Are you currently working on a new project? If so can you tells us what it will be about?
I’m working on the second book in my Merging Worlds Trilogy. It picks up fifty years after the first novel with a new cast of characters.
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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Auden-D.-Johnson/e/B00E9I8FNS/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1