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Lucia Tells us about her writing:

  1. Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about?
    1. What appealed to you about it?
    1. Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?

I wanted to let my muse loose, not to hold back, and to let my creativity flow in whatever wild direction it wanted. That was the seed of my Six Shooter and a Shifter series. That was really my inspiration to write this world: not to rein myself in, but to tell the kind of story I would love to read. So with that direction, I dove in, without really knowing where I was going. Soon enough, the world of Traitor’s Den began to blossom, delivering a highly unique world that is unlike any other I’ve ever encountered. I thrive on creating quirky, outrageous, fun, and funny new worlds.

  • How long do you think about a topic before deciding to write about it?
    • Do you have a set of notes or a note book where you write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this time?

Not for long! I have many ideas, more than I can write at once. But when one really calls to me, pulling me into it, I just go for it. I’m comfortable beginning to write a series without any real idea of what the story will be about or where it will take me. I’ve had an idea for a book in the middle of the night before and then begun writing the story the very next morning.

  • What is your favourite genre?

Both for reading and writing, my absolute favorite genre is fantasy. I love the magic and getting lost in incredibly rich worlds that capture my imagination. If it’s magical, paranormal, supernatural, or fantasy, I’ve likely written a story about it or something close to it. 🙂 Fantasy can be so different from the real world that it’s easy to be swept away by it. There is little I love more than getting wrapped up in a consuming story that transports me to faraway and bewitching worlds.

  • Have you ever tried to imitate another author’s style? And if so, why?

No, I’ve never tried to imitate another author’s style and I doubt I ever will. In fact, whenever I write, I’m mindful not to allow the influence of other writers and their stories to consciously enter whatever tale I’m telling. I learn from other writers, yes, absolutely, and I definitely do apply lessons in craft to my writing. But whenever the trait is unique to another author, I steer clear, preferring us each to have our own voices. I think that’s one of the most wonderful things about writing—and reading. Every author can be so different that there are an infinite amount of singular stories to sweep us away. I only ever want to tell my own story my own way.

  • Do you write at home or away from home? If at home, what does your space look like? Are you a tidy person?
    • If away from home – where and why?

I’ve written in many locations over the years: in moving cars, sitting beside a river, on a transatlantic flight, you name it. However, my favorite place to write is at my home studio. I have everything set up there just the way I want it so that distractions are minimal and I can lose myself to whatever story I’m telling. I write in silence with a keyboard on my lap, some notepads beside me on low tables so I can jot down notes when needed, and a large cup of tea. I gaze out at the forest while I write, preferring that view to watching my words trail across a screen.

  •  Do you keep a timeline and character traits pinned up on your wall? On post-its?
    • If not how do you remember important items about your characters like height, weight, colouring, likes and dislikes etc?

Though a timeline would possibly be quite helpful, I don’t use one. I keep notepads next to me while I write, and as I go, I’ll jot down certain information and characteristics I need to remember. When I refer back to a character, if I need to refresh myself, I’ll just flip through my notes until I find what I’m looking for. Other than that, I pretty much keep the rest of the story in my head.

  • What about ‘snark’? is it good or bad?

I adore snark! I love reading it and I love writing it. My favorite characters are often the ones with a snappy remark ready on the tongue.

  • Is it easy to write humour?

Yes! I love writing humor! It makes telling stories so fun. I’m particularly proud of having succeeded in getting some of my readers to wet themselves from laughing so hard. Perhaps I shouldn’t be, but I am, ha. It tells me I’m giving them characters that bring joy, and that’s wonderful.

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Author Bio

Lucia - A Shining Moon: Author Interview

Lucía Ashta is the Amazon top 20 bestselling author of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and paranormal women’s fiction filled with wild magic, spicy romance, and quirky characters that make you snort-laugh.

A former attorney and architect, she’s an Argentinian-American who lives in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains with her husband and daughters.

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