Today I’d like to welcome fantasy and young adult author Shay Fabbro to the blog. Shay gave us an excerpt of The Chosen in March, and now she’s here to chat. Pull up a chair and settle in for a cuppa….
When did you decide to pursue writing seriously?
I am not sure I ever do anything “seriously” But, seriously…I decided to take the leap after a dream wouldn’t leave me alone! After weeks of thinking about it and making up answers for the questions I kept asking, I realized I had enough for a book.
How did you choose what genre to write – or did it choose you?
I have been a fan of scifu/fantasy since I was a kid. So for me, writing in this genre isn’t much of a stretch
Tell us a little about your writing process. How do you get from idea to completed draft?
Since I am a research scientist, there’s a big part of me that likes to have things all planned out. When it came to writing my scifi/fantasy trilogy, I had the synopses for all 3 books planned out before I ever wrote a single sentence. I leave myself room for the characters to take things in a new direction, but I always keep in mind the ending so that I don’t get too far off course.
What are some of your favorite authors to read?
JRR Tolkein, George RR Martin (Yeah for Dance With Dragons next month!!!), Piers Anthony, Terry Goodkind, Robert Jordan, David Eddings, Stephen King, Dean Koontz. And thanks to the rise in Indie publishing, I am adding new names to this list all the time
What do you like do when you’re not writing?
Read (of course!), hiking, camping, spending time with friends and family.
How do you balance writing with the other aspects of your life?
It’s a hard thing, but I have a very understanding husband I am sure it isn’t easy having a wife constantly plugged into the computer. And when I’m not writing, I am also working on lecture notes for my classes (I teach biology, biotechnology, and pharmacology at Mesa State College), grading papers, getting ready for lab field trips. I have to make sure to take time away from the computer and enjoy other things.
Who is your favorite literary character or couple?
Oh my gosh, this is a hard one! There’s always a little something I always relate to in so many characters. But if I had to pick one, I would have to say Hermione Granger. JK Rowling took a nerdy bookworm and made her a major part of Harry Potter. I am a lot like Hermione and can totally relate to having to “help” others with their work
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I hope people will visit my website (shayfabbro.com) to read excerpts from my scifi/fantasy trilogy (The Portals of Destiny) as well as my new young adult/fantasy trilogy (The Adventures of Alexis Davenport). I do a lot of author interviews and reviews of Indie books so maybe visitors will find something that piques their interest
Thanks for joining us today, Shay! It was great getting to know you a bit better.
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