Blog Battle “Drop” has gotten itself a prize of a winner: PhoenixGrey85!!! She’s taken the trophy this week! She’s been an active participant, writing faithfully week after week since the second battle! Phoenix has tickled our fancy with a continuing light fantasy story centered around a young woman named Layla and a fairy called Winter.
As many of you know the words we use for the battle are completely random. Many of them I thought up, but I had the pleasure of receiving several very nice additions to our random list. I let my kids tell me a number between 1 – whatever the highest number is and that is our word for the week.
Phoenix has continued to incorporate the word in a magical way, the continuity of her story telling seamless. I’m really excited for her win! Congrats, PhoenixGrey! Now, I hope you don’t mind but we’d love to find out more about you.
1) As a writer of fantasy, you must enjoy most things magical. What is one element of magic you think is important to add to every fantasy story?
As a writer of fantasy, I do enjoy most things magical. But I can’t think of one element that I need to add to every story. Every story is different, and has different magic in it. Though, I do think it’s important for magic to be a tool – it can be used for good or evil. By itself, it isn’t either.
So very wise and balanced. 🙂 I must agree with you. And I really can’t see magic as anything other than a tool. Outside of a use, good or bad, it seems void.
2) Do you ever dream of traveling to far off places? And if so, what place do you think might most inspire your writing and career as an author?
I’m always dreaming of travelling to far off places. The first place that sprang into my mind when I read your question was New Zealand. It has such beautiful scenery, and Lord of the Rings was filmed there, which I loved. 🙂 But from an historical point of view, I think that Japan would be an amazing place to visit. I love their culture, and the history of the country. Hmmm, you’ve made me all day-dreamy now…
Oh, your answers have done the same for me! Both are places I would love to see. My brother (and a few other lovely relatives) love Japanese animation and it has inspired them to a richer love of the culture. Of course, I love art and I’m intrigued by foreign cultures, so I fit right in with the crowd when it comes to wanting to see Japan. But you had me at New Zealand! Talk about magical place full of inspiration. 🙂
3) Aliens come and aliens go, but they always have something they would like to trade. I wonder if we shouldn’t learn something from them. You know, go back to a bartering system of commerce? It’s a thought! Anyway, if you were approached by an alien from outer space and offered the ability to hear the thoughts of anyone you touched in exchange for your ability to speak and write, would you take it?
Ah, the alien question. 🙂 I like the idea of a bartering system. It has potential…
I wouldn’t take the alien’s offer, no. Two reasons: one, and the most important, I don’t think I could live without the ability to write (the speaking, sometimes I could live without it – I have a habit of opening my mouth and sticking my foot in it). And two: I don’t think I’d want to hear what other people are thinking. You never hear good things when you listen in on things you’re not supposed to. So, I think I’ll keep my ability to speak and write. 🙂
Bartering items and services is a lost art here in the States. We really should bring it back. We are also lacking in the ability to haggle, which I find terribly sad. I’d never make it in a country where that’s the norm! haha
You know, Phoenix, when you put it that way, I wouldn’t want that ability either! And I know exactly what you mean about “open mouth, insert foot.” Can’t tell you how often I’ve been in that situation. And that’s why I enjoy writing. Instead of “think before you speak,” it becomes “type your thinking and delete the nonsense before anyone else has to endure it.” 🙂 haha You’re such a clever and kind gal, PhoenxGrey85! Thanks so much for letting me interview you and for your thoughtful answers! Congrats.
And thank you all for stopping by to have this nice little chat with our dedicated writer friend, PhoenixGrey85.