Interview with C.H. Armstrong
C.H. Armstrong is the author of Roam and The Edge of Nowhere
When did you first know you wanted to be an author?
I think I’ve always wanted to be an author, though it wasn’t until 2015 that I finally saw it as
achievable. Until then, it always seemed like one of those unattainable dreams.
What inspires you to write?
My inspiration for writing comes from real life. I’m drawn to issue driven fiction and telling
those stories that help readers understand the difficulties of others.
Who first inspired you to write?
Author Abbie Williams is probably the single most important person who inspired me to begin writing. It was directly following a conversation with Abbie about how she develops her characters that I finally decided to attempt “channeling” my grandmother’s life to write my first novel. The end result, while fiction as a whole, is based on an outline of some of my
grandmother’s actual life experiences, and was my attempt to understand the person she was and how she came to be that person.
What advice can you give to a young writer?
Read, read, and then read some more. The best writers, in my opinion, are those who are
prolific readers. Writing is, in large part, imitating what you love to read (both the types of
stories and the writing styles of your favorite authors). It’s through reading that we begin to
explore what we like and don’t like, and then begin to develop our own style.
How young or old is too young or old to get published?
There is no such thing as too young or too old. Author S.E. Hinton wrote The Outsiders while
still in high school. I’ve read that, when she was offered her publishing contract for this epic
novel, she wasn’t old enough to sign a legal contract so her parents had to sign on her behalf. By the same token, author Sarah Yerkes (Days of Blue and Flame) didn’t even begin writing until she was in her 90s. So there really is no such thing as too young or too old. Each writer follows his/her own path and timeline, and there is no better or worse.