Today, I got the opportunity to talk to E.G. Stone, author of The One Who Could Not Fly, about her writing habits and favorite reads!
It’s great to have you here with us! Tell us about your new book release.
Sometime this summer, I’ll be publishing the first six books in my On Behalf of Death comedic urban fantasy series! These books follow Cal Thorpe, who was hired by Death to be his marketing agent. Things go downhill from there.
Six books, fantastic! I am IN LOVE with that cover. I imagine you’ve been super busy preparing for that. What’s the first book you ever remember reading?
Tolkien, starting with The Hobbit and going through the rest of the series.
Wow, starting with Tolkien is really impressive! What inspired you to start writing?
One day, I just picked up a pencil and began writing and I haven’t managed to stop since. It’s been eighteen years and my mind shows no sign of stopping!
From the sounds of it, that’s very true! How exciting! Who would you say is your main inspiration?
Oh, geez. This is such a difficult question because I draw inspiration from everything. The trees, my cats, conversations I have, books I read, shows I watch, music, food, just about everything. There is no rhyme nor reason to my inspiration, as far as I can tell.
That’s all right, there’s no one correct answer! Aside from writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to sew, though I’m terribly slow. I also read all the books I can get my hands on.
Reading is so important to be a good writer, and I know you love to read! Tell me about your writing space. Where do you usually write?
I used to use a standing desk to help with my back, but now I have a bed desk situation because my joints are terrible creatures who laugh at my misery (not really, I just have autoimmune issues which make normal desk chairs or standing desks quite bothersome).
That’s a shame to hear, but it’s good you have a space that helps with that. I hope it’s comfortable for you. So are you a morning or night person? What time of day do you prefer to sit and write?
I’m more of a mid-afternoon after I’ve had sufficient tea and possibly lunch person.
It’s interesting you say that, we often forget about afternoon people while we’re squabbling over whether it’s normal to be alert in the morning or the evening! Tell me, do you plan out your stories or are you a pantser (making it up as you go along)?
I do both, depending on how difficult I’m finding the story, and whether or not I can hold thoughts in my head for more than a few minutes before getting distracted. Mostly, my stories are actually very well thought out, just not with a plot written down. So I’m a plantser. I plant stuff.
A plantser, excellent! What’s your favourite book genre? Do you write in that genre?
I read just about everything, so I don’t really have a favourite book genre. I love fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, romance, everything. I write what appeals, so I suppose I do write in my favourite genres.
Tell me your top three favourite books of all time. You can’t say your own!
Tolkien’s books, because that language is so beautiful! Dorothy L Sayers books for the stunning characters, Laurie R King books because they make me feel so much.
Brilliant. Have you ever read a book that changed your life?
I think that’s why I never stopped reading!
Who is your favourite book character who you’ve created?
Probably Cal Thorpe. He’s just your average person, only he got hired by Death. He’s a bit grumpy, a bit confused about how he ended up in this situation, and he can’t fight worth beans. But, he always manages to sort things out one way or another. Also, I can’t help but stick him into ridiculous situations. For example, he had to do a favour for the Taxman (Death’s cousin) while toting around Al Capone’s soul. And then there was the time he pet sat for Death, taking care of his two dogs, Mischief and Mayhem, and his cat, Shakespeare. It’s just so fun to poke fun at poor Cal!
He’s the protagonist in your new series, right? I’ll definitely have to check that out. What’s your latest book about?
At this point, I’m working on Fire Burning Bright, which is the first in the Fire Wars Saga, which follows my complete trilogy, The Wing Cyle. This series takes place about twenty years after The Wing Cyle, and deals with the return of the dragons. Then, I’m working on writing more On Behalf of Death books; I’ve got six written already and have plans for about ten more (at this point).
Amazing! I admire your writing speed so much. OK, something unrelated to writing! If you could go on a date with any celebrity, living or dead, who would it be and why?
I have absolutely no idea. These are not thoughts that often cross my mind. I sat here for a few minutes trying to come up with an answer, and frankly, I’ve got nothing. I mean, I’d love to have a conversation with Tolkien about language, but that’s not really the same thing as a date at all. Now fictional characters are another matter entirely!
Haha, I wonder if when this interview is published you’ll immediately think of several possible answers? It’s been super fun talking to you! Where can we find out more about you?
You can find all my bookery information at EGstone.com. If you’d like to see book reviews/author interviews and other fun stuff, then have a gander at QuillAndPen.com. You can also find my social media on LinkTree.
Definitely check out that blog, guys, it’s fantastic. Thank you for your time, E.G.!
Check out E.G. Stone’s books on Amazon