Hello, and welcome to guest author Eric Asher, who writes urban fantasy. Welcome, Eric!
Let’s start with the thing many readers most want to know: Any advice for aspiring writers?
Do not give up. Just write. Your first draft on any work will probably suck, so rewrite it. A lot. There is no better way to learn than to do.
What is your personal writing process?
I do a very rough outline of where the story is going. It’s a timeline with the large events of the story plotted out, and then I’m left to come up with interesting ways for the characters to get between the events.
Who are a few authors you look up to?
C.S. Friedman is always at, or at least near, the top of the list of authors I look up to. The Coldfire Trilogy, starting with Black Sun Rising, has been my favorite series for a rather long time now. Some other authors include Neil Gaiman, David Drake, Tad Williams, and Patricia Briggs.
What book are you reading now?
I am currently reading the serial In Darkness We Must Abide by Rhiannon Frater. It is a seriously enjoyable vampire read!
What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve always enjoyed making up stories, which I can only guess came from my love of reading. I had some fantastic teachers in high school that always urged me to pursue writing. It wasn’t until about 2005 when I realized I really wanted to sit down and write an entire novel.
What books have most influenced your life most?
In regards to expanding my love of the fantasy genre, I will always owe thanks to Robert Asprin for his Myth Adventures series. They are such a wonderful blend of humor and adventure that I loved when I was a kid. Northworld by David Drake single handedly turned me into a huge fan of military science fiction.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I’m actually very happy with the end result of Wolves and the River of Stone.
What do you find particularly challenging about writing?
Finding my own typos. My brain is very good at hiding typos from me. Thankfully my editor has a great eye for them.
Have you ever used characteristics from someone you know in one of your books?
I’m sure there are small pieces and quirks and personality traits that have been influenced by people I know, but no character is intentionally based on any one person.
Where can readers find you and your work?
Currently you can find Days Gone Bad and Wolves and the River of Stone at the following locations:
Days Gone Bad
Wolves and the River of Stone