About Relynn Wicks:
Relynn is a fantasy fiction author who writes mostly medieval fiction and Norse stories. She has been writing since she was 15 years old, when she began writing poetry and music/song lyrics. Her first published book is a horror novel titled Saving Anna which tells about two American teenagers that were captured in the Australian wilderness. Then she dabbled in the field of nonfiction when she wrote a book about addiction recovery titled, A Sober Girl's Guide to the Galaxy.
Relynn's latest novels are a trilogy called, The Chronicles of Chaos. Book 1- The Heathen King is published, Book2- The Witch King is soon to be complete!
Relynn has lived in 16 states in the US but currently resides in Oklahoma. She has degrees in animal science and Psychology. She enjoys music of a variety of genres, from Classical to Rock, Hip Hop to Electronica.
Relynn has a passion for medieval history which she has studied for years. She loves books including, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, The Hobbit/LOTR, Game of Thrones, and more.
What inspires you to write?
I have a very active imagination. I get inspiration from things that I see whether it's around me everyday or when I am traveling. Also, a lot of my writing comes from past experiences that I personally have been through that I can change to fit into the story. I meet a lot of people and sometimes their story can inspire a character or a scene.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
George RR Martin, Oscar Wilde, Jules Verne, Stephanie Meyers, JK Rowling.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am sort of both an outliner and seat of my pants writer. I think about my next scene and can picture it in my head, how it would look in a movie, then write about it, but a lot of my stories are bloomed as I go along in my writing. I do not usually make notes as they come to mind unless it is something that just wows me so much that I have to remember it for later. I do have ideas of what each of my characters looks like. I am pretty descriptive in the stories as well because they have specific features that are seemingly important. I do my best thinking while I am driving or in the shower. It is always when I cannot jot anything down so I have to remember! It can be daunting. When I do sit down to write, I have to have a certain amount of distraction in the background. Silence does not work for me. I like to put on a tv show or movie I have already seen a few times, that way it is keeping me focused, but I can also take a few minutes away from my book to watch. Sometimes I get a scene or character inspiration this way as well.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do talk to my characters a lot, but it is in my head mostly! A lot of the time it is me creating a set where I can tell one character that he is to be doing this or that. It's usually something like, "Okay Sebastian, I want you to go pick up your bow and threaten that guy over there. It is going to make a very tense situation and someone is either going to get hurt or it will turn into a dramatic turn of events."
What advice would you give other writers?
I have learned a lot about how hard the work is behind just writing a story. There is so much to it! The editing was brutal for me in my first book. I edited that story at least 10 times. I will get a review that someone says that the book is fantastic, BUT there are a few bits that need editing, so I will go back in and freak out when I find more things I have missed. At this point, I am almost sure of a solid editing job so I try to leave it alone. If you have people that can help you with this, I highly recommend it or hire an editor. Otherwise, you will drive yourself crazy!
Also, do not let anyone tell you that your idea is bad or not interesting. There is a story for everyone and everyone has different tastes. Someone will love your story. Bad reviews are constructive and good reviews are heart warming. Embrace your writing!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have been self-publishing although I would like to publish traditionally. Doing it yourself keeps yourself in control of everything, which is great, but can also be expensive when it comes to editing and marketing, but if you know what you are doing, then it is an excellent way to go! I would love to have my trilogy picked up by an agent because I am not the best at marketing myself. I am too critical and get easily distracted.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think a lot of people will lean on self-publishing because it is a pretty standard business and you get to keep all rights and royalties, which is great. People can also get scared when it comes to approaching agents and if a lot of folks are like me, I can never seem to sell myself correctly, therefore, I get ignored a lot.
What genres do you write?: Fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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