Interview with Authoress E.C. Jarvis – Our Write Side
Last week, we introduced you to Jeremy Breitenbach, the blind author of The Gateway.
This week, Our Write Side introduces you to a brand new author with today’s author interview.
Name: E.C. Jarvis
Latest Release: The Machine Book One of the Blood and Destiny Series
Genre: Steampunk Action/Adventure
E.C. Jarvis is a British author working mainly in speculative and fantasy fiction genres. For the last thirteen years, Jarvis has been working her way through the ranks of the accountancy profession in various industries. During ten of those years, she has also been writing.
“It was always a hobby. I’d knock a poem out every now and then, or enter something into a short story competition, with very little success, but that never stopped me. There has always been an underlying need to write. It comes and goes with varying intensity, but it’s always there, like an itch that needs to be scratched.”
Her first success at publishing was a poem in a collection titled Fear Itself published by Forward Poetry in 2012. Following a three-year hiatus where she “couldn’t even bring myself to write a shopping list”, 2015 saw a turnaround that has seen her complete two full novels, gain two publishing contracts, win a number of online writing competitions, and is on track to complete her first trilogy.
She lives in Hampshire, England with her husband and daughter and cat.
1.What is your name (real or otherwise)?
- Describe your writing style in three words.
Rapid, Enticing, Discerning
- How long have you been writing?
Over ten years
- Which type of writing challenges inspire you the most?
Ones that give you just enough to spark an idea and give you room to run with it.
- Describe one way in which you could improve your writing.
I need to kill off passive voice in the first draft, we catch most of it in the editing, but it would be nice to drop the habit.
- What is the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?
To start editing with getting rid of certain words and phrases, “but”, “very”, “had” and the really bad “had been” are some of the few.
- Who is your favorite author?
Sir Terry Pratchett
- How do you make time to write?
Who knows! I squeeze some in during lunch break at work. I can tell you the one thing that really helps, I don’t watch tv, so evening time, when the daughter is in bed, all I do is write.
- When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
I used to play a lot of PC games, I still do on occasion, but mostly time is spent with my husband and four-year-old daughter doing family stuff.
- How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Hmm, I don’t know, I guess I spend a lot of time trawling around amazon reading blurbs and reviews and seeing what takes my interest.
- Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do remember writing a mini dark fantasy style story when I was at my grandma’s, I guess I would have been around 6 or 7. There was a cabin in the woods in that story!
- What are your five favorite books, and why?
I’m going to cheat and say the Discworld Series by Sir Terry Pratchett, The Emperor’s Edge Series by Lyndsay Buroker, The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JRR Tolkien, and the classic Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- Describe your desk/writing space:
At work, it’s a standard work desk. At home, I sit crumpled up in the corner of our corner couch with a laptop on my lap, usually in my PJs.
- Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Surrey, England. England has a rich history of authors, it’s difficult not to be swept up in the romance of it all.
- When did you first start writing?
I’ve almost always written stories and poems. My journey into professional writing only started in the beginning of 2015. It’s been quite the year!
- Do you prefer to write long stories, short, flash? What is easiest for you?
Short stories give an immense sense of satisfaction and achievement in a quick time, but long stories are the ultimate goal to work towards. I do dabble in poetry too, which seems to come quite easily.
- Share one writing goal you have yet to meet.
Complete the trilogy… it’s almost there!
- What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Those golden moments where you can visualize a scene perfectly, you can hear the characters speaking to one another and then when you sit down and type it out, it all comes out the way you wanted. Also, there are certain moments in the stories that make me smile, I still smile when I think of them.
- What do your fans mean to you?
Not sure I have any yet! If I ever get any, then I look forward to speaking with them and hearing their thoughts on the characters. I actually look forward to someone writing fan fiction about my stories, that’s when you know you’ve made something worthwhile I think.
- What are you working on next?
After the Blood and Destiny Series is complete, I will get back to my partially written fantasy erotica book, then I have a sci-fi opera in mind and I also have a YA epic fantasy part plotted…