A great 3Q’s is on the table for today! I connected with today’s guest back around the time the LOHF Writers Grant was opening for applications. Since then, I’ve really enjoyed seeing their different make up/cosplay photos they’ve posted as well as watching their progress on their various pieces of fiction!
I’m super happy to have Sirius stop by for today’s 3Q’s!
Steve: What does your process look like once you finish your first draft? Do you immediately dive back into it, or do you take some time away?
Sirius: I am definitely the edit-as-I-go type, so I usually come out with a fairly clean first draft. That being said, I will take a day or two away from it before diving back in for edits. By the end of a first draft, the words all sound the same and my notes are a jumbled mess, so I need some time to clear the brain fog before returning with fresh eyes.
Steve: What’s the one thing you’d change now if you’d have known it when you started writing?
Sirius: I would definitely go back to my past self and tell them not to try and publish every single thing that came to their brain. I wish I had held off on a lot of things and saved myself a lot of embarrassing mistakes. I had a lot of bad covers, a lot of bad formatting, and a lot of really poor editing once upon a time. My writing voice had not even properly and fully developed. The mistakes I made shaped me into a better author, but I could do without the cringe compilation of all my failures that plays behind my eyelids at night. So, yes, Patience is the lesson I wish I could catapult into 20-year-old me’s brain.
Steve: Of the books or stories you’ve released, which is your personal favorite and why?
Sirius: Uncrowned, absolutely. I am so proud of it. I have loved this world, and these characters, for so long. To finally have a series that, in my mind, does them even an ounce of justice is my greatest accomplishment so far. Not only has it given new life to characters I have known for decades, but the storyline is still growing, the world is still expanding, and I meet new characters and find new connections for them every day. I am so utterly in love with Uncrowned.
Steve: Bonus Fun Question! Would you rather be lost at sea or in the mountains?
Sirius: I would much rather be lost at sea! The mountains are cold, they have mountain lions, bears, and bobcats – and the chances of running into some malicious cryptid may be slim but are never zero. There’s a lot of hiking involved when being lost in the mountains. It’s just not for me.
Thank you so much, Sirius!
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