Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.
Skye Malone (they/them). I’m an urban fantasy and paranormal romance writer of nearly twenty books, currently based out of Central Illinois. I love (and write) action-packed stories with car chases, fights, and magic. My current series is a post-apocalyptic shifter paranormal romance based on Norse mythology called The Shifters of Ragnarok. When I’m not writing, I’m usually taking care of my retired racing greyhound or my three-legged mutt.
When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?
The other ones after it, every single time.
When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?
The series is one big story to me, so there are overarching plot lines and things still to be discovered in every book. I’m usually excited for the later books in a series, not bored, because I get to explore events and show developments I (and hopefully readers) have been looking forward to throughout all the previous books.
Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?
You’re not a machine, so figure out what is sustainable for you long-term. While you might be _able_ to do X amount of books a year, can you keep that pace? Things will come up in life that cause chaos. Nothing you can do about that. So don’t base your professional plan on you operating at 110% capacity all the time. You’ll crash and probably hurt your health. Elana Johnson says “start as you mean to go,” so always plan with an eye to the future and how you intend to operate five or ten years from now.
On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?
Four or five hours, sometimes more
Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.
Ashe from the Kindling Trilogy. That trilogy was my first published work, and I’d been thinking about that story for nearly fifteen years, so I’d spent a LOT of time with her character and scenes in my head. I also just deeply enjoyed writing her story, more than I can say, so she has a very special place in my heart.
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