It’s time to jump back into outer space with a new segment on my blog! If you have been following me for a while, you know that I posted a blog post a couple months ago reading books that take place in space. The book that was by far my favorite was the amazing “Amid Stars and Darkness” by Chani Lynn Feener. I’m thrilled to say that I interviewed her for a new addition to my blog! For this segment, I want to interview authors and find out the secrets that are behind the words on the pages! For this interview, I asked questions about the process of writing to new upcoming details about the last book in her Xenith Trilogy. Sit back and I hope you enjoy!
What gave you the inspiration to write your book?
“I was watching Ancient Aliens, and wondered what it might be like for a character who has no interest in aliens, but is living in a world that knows aliens exist, to get abducted. When I started, that’s pretty much all I knew about the book. Delaney wouldn’t be interested in aliens, but then she gets abducted and is forced to acknowledge their existence.”
Is the main character of your book based off someone?
“No, she isn’t. I might take small snippets of someone I know once in a while, but I don’t typically base whole characters off anyone I’ve met in real life.”
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
“When I was 9 or 10, in the fifth grade. We had something called Story Time everyday after lunch and I realized, “I’ve always loved books…why don’t I write them?”
Do you have a routine you do to get you into the writing zone?
“Not really, but I do try to always have coffee by me first! I tend to zone out while I’m writing, so if I don’t have coffee beforehand I’ll go the whole day without drinking it or anything. I don’t really do anything to help me get into that headspace though. I won’t force it if I’m blocked for the day, however.”
Do you have any tips for people who want to have a book published or pursue writing?
“Not to give up and keep trying even if you’re rejected a hundred times. I know a lot of people who say they want to be writers…but then don’t write. If you don’t actually write something, you’re obviously never going to accomplish your goal. Then there’s the rejection that tends to deter people. Rejection is okay. No one likes being told they’re not accepted, but if you look at it from a learning point of view, you can actually end up benefiting from it. I think preparing yourself for rejection ahead of time, and convincing yourself how you’ll handle it, is smart. As long as you don’t give up, you can get thirty rejections and only ONE acceptance and that’s enough!”
How did you decide the names of your characters in your book? Was it a hard process, easy?
“Naming my characters is probably the only part of starting a book I plan out. I think names are really important. Delaney and Ruckus both came easily, but I searched around a bit for Trystan’s before settling on it, and how I wanted to spell it. From there naming becoming easier since I based it off a system: Vakar male names end in US and Kint male names end in AN.”
When you write for your book do you write it out on paper with a pencil or do you prefer to type everything out?
“I type the actual manuscript out, and while I’m writing the book, I write all notes down in a notebook in pen.”
If you could describe you latest book coming out in three words what would they be?
“Delaney. Ruckus. Trystan.
I’m joking (but it’d be a lot easier to just leave it at that)! Probably: responsibility, decisions, conclusion.”
Have had any crazy moments after publishing your books?
“I’ve had a couple strangers private message me on various social media platforms, just to say they’ll “get me” if she doesn’t end up with a particular guy at the end, which was…a bit much. I mean, I love hearing from people who’ve read the books, but threats are kind of out there. Fortunately, that’s been the extent of crazy moments though!”
If you could have a conversation with any book character, whether there yours or someone else’s who would they be and what would you talk about?
“That’s a tough one. It would probably be Gansey from The Raven Cycle though. I’m not sure what I’d want to talk about, there’s so much we could discuss.”
I want to thank Chani Lynn Feener for letting me interview her! I couldn’t imagine interviewing any other author for my first interview. I really recommend reading her books, especially The Xenith Trilogy! The last book will be out soon, and the first two are amazing! Make sure to let me know your thoughts about this interview in the comments below! Did you like the interview? Any feedback? Recommendations for which author I interview next? Let me know in the comments below! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, xoxo Meredith!