S.Z. Attwell interview
When did your love of books begin?
I’ve loved books since I was very little. As a kid, I would go to the library and being home literal stacks of books and sit and read them.
When did you start to have the wish to become an author?
I wrote stories as a little kid. I graduated to a stack of yellow legal pads. So - almost my whole life, I guess. My first solid attempt at a novel (still technically a WIP) is something I’ve been working on since I was 13.
How have you found the process for becoming an author?
It’s been a slow and amazing journey - step by step, building on what I know and can already do (example: cover design - I have worked as a designer but I decided to have a professional do mine; I did my own website, however). I’ve learned a lot from the experience as well as from others (particularly on Twitter!). I didn’t query because I didn’t want to deal with a long timeline and potential loss of creative control, but now that I know more about the process, I might consider it in the future.
What would you say to those wanting to become an author?
Love your book(s). Becoming an author is generally a steep and rocky path. If you really love your work, that should make it easier and is a reward in and of itself. I love mine and still get excited about them two years in. I read them for fun! Also, consider which path (trad vs. self-pub) is right for you - and keep in mind that either way you may have to do some of the marketing.
Tell us about your book/books:
What do you love about the writing/reading community?
If you could say anything to your readers what would it be?
I hope you’ve gotten as much joy out of reading Aestus as I have out of reading/writing it! Also, I am working on book 3…slowly. “Good things often take time” is my hope in this case. Books 1 and 2 can be read as a “complete” series, but I do hope to expand it.
Where can people connect with you?
Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook! My handle is @szattwellauthor on all three. My website is szattwell.com.