Aurora talks to Christine Amsden
What inspires you to write? What does your writing space look like?
I can’t not write. I’ve tried. 🙂
Honestly, words are my window to the soul. When I write, I am the truest version of myself. Even if no one wanted to read my words, I would still need to create them.
I write by candlelight in a finished basement office. The ritual of getting a cup of tea and lighting the scented candle get me in the mood. My computer is a desktop with a large monitor extended well forward on an arm because I’m legally blind and need to get close to the monitor in order to see.
Please tell us a little about your books.
I write about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Fantasy and science fiction are my genres, but characters are my muses. Cassie, for instance, came to me in a burst of inspiration because I wanted to write about a heroine with a serious flaw. And what can be more flawed than having no actual magic in a community of sorcerers?
Cassie is smart, sassy, compassionate, and vulnerable. She’s my “kick-ass female heroine with a twist.” She doesn’t kick ass because she’s so powerful; brute force is not the only way to be a hero.
What do you like to do to unwind?
I play board games. My collection contains well over 200, even after a recent pruning to get rid of the ones the kids had outgrown or that we never should have bought.
What would be your message to your readers?
Thank you for your encouragement and support. I may write for me, but I publish for you.