In the realm of fantasy, few voices resonate as distinctly as that of Marie Andreas.
With elven artifacts, whimsical drunken faeries, and worlds that captivate the imagination, Andreas has etched a significant mark on the genre.
Today, we peel back the layers of the fantastical, diving deep into the mind of the multi-award-winning SFF author.
What inspired you to start writing in the fantasy genre?
There were stories I wanted to read but weren’t written yet! I’ve always loved fantasy :).
How do you approach world-building in your stories?
I’m very much a pantser in my writing and that goes for world building. It’s done as I go along (I have a general idea of the world in question, but the rest is SURPRISE!)
Can you walk us through your writing process?
I’m not normal-LOL. Just wanted to get that out first. Something sparks an idea and a character–maybe two. Then I just start writing. Yup- I’m one of those evil pantser’s your teachers warned you about ;).
I’m a full-time author, so have a set schedule (5 days a week- 4k words daily target) also, I will usually have more than one project at a time. Right now, I’m working on the next book in my second Lost Ancient’s fantasy series as my primary WIP. However, I’ve also started my third steampunk. So I switch if I get stuck, or just as a brain cleanser.
I re-read what I wrote the prior day before I start that day’s writing. It gets me in the mindspace for that world and catches a few typos.
I go through the book a few times when done, have my group of reader/editors go at it, then a final proof. BOOM! It’s a BOOK!
Would you survive in your own fantasy world?
Probably not–although, I would LOVE being in a world with my drunken faeries–so it would be worth it.
What themes do you explore in your work?
Friendship is probably the biggest. I’m not writing to be deep, I write to escape :).
What do you consider to be your biggest influences as a writer?
Every single fantasy book or movie that I’ve loved.
What do you hope readers take away from your stories?
That they had a great escape from the world, and a sense of my characters being like old friends. I love it when a reader tells me they re-read the books on a regular basis.
Would you rather have a pet dragon or a unicorn, why?
Can’t I have both? I have both living happily on my desk…dunno why I can’t have both. Okay, do NOT tell my Scottish battle-corn, but a dragon. They fly. I really want that.
If you were stuck on a deserted island with one of your characters, who would it be and why?
Taryn. She’s kinda cool and if she were there, the drunken faeries would show up too ;).
What would you name your pet dragon?
The Glass Gargoyle (The Lost Ancients book 1)
Archeologist Taryn St. Giles has spent her life mining the ruins of the elves who vanished from the Four Kingdoms a thousand years ago. But when her patrons begin disappearing too—and then turning up dead—she finds herself unemployed, restless, and desperate. So she goes looking for other missing things: as a bounty hunter.
Tracking her first fugitive—the distractingly handsome and strangely charming Alric—she unearths a dangerous underworld of warring crime lords, demonic squirrels, and a long-lost elven artifact capable of unleashing a hell on earth.
Chased, robbed, kidnapped, and distressingly low on rent money, Taryn just wants one quiet beer and to catch her fugitive. But there’s more to Alric than his wicked grin—is he a wanted man or the city’s only hope? With menacing mages in pursuit and her three alcoholic faery sidekicks always in her hair, Taryn’s curiosity might finally solve the mystery of the elves… or be the death of her and destroy her world.
About the Author
Marie is a multi-award-winning fantasy and science fiction author with a serious reading addiction. If she wasn’t writing about all the people in her head, she’d be lurking about coffee shops annoying total strangers with her stories. So really, writing is a way of saving the masses. She lives in Southern California and is owned by two very faery-minded cats. She is also a member of SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association).
When not saving the masses from coffee shop shenanigans, Marie likes to visit the UK and keeps hoping someone will give her a nice summer home in the Forest of Dean or Conwy, Wales.
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