Interview with Anthony W. Eichenlaub
When did you first know you wanted to be an author?
I’ve always loved writing since the beginning of time. My earliest memory of writing was for school when my fifth grade teacher loved my writing. Then it was writing doomed worlds for my dungeons and dragons group to tear into tiny shreds. Later, it was stories about the young lives of my children for a blog. When people laughed at what I wrote, I knew I was onto something good. When they cried, I knew I was creating something truly powerful, and that’s when I knew I was really hooked.
What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired by the joy and pain I see in those around me. As a volunteer at the Red Cross, I see people standing up to the worst life can throw them. This inspires me to write characters who not only survive adversity, but thrive under it. These human stories are the core of any good science fiction or fantasy, and the inspiration to write characters who feel real, difficult emotions keeps me going.
What advice can you give to a young writer?
The world is full of advice, both good and bad. My best advice is to write what you love to write, and don’t let anyone tell you that there are reasons not to do that. If you love writing fan fiction, then do that. If you like fantasy or science fiction or alternate universe coffee shops, then write those. Some of the best writers out there today write these things, and every single story you tell is going to make you a better writer.
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