Young Writer Interview: Aci Enrica

This is part two of the young writer interview series. If you haven’t yet, go check out part 1.

And now, get ready to meet young writer Aci Enrica.

About Aci

Bio

Aci Enrica is a young author looking to leave her mark on the world through the power of storytelling. While her true passion lies in writing, she also loves reading books, theatre, dance, and caring for her many plants.

What genre do you write in and why?

I write predominantly science fiction/futuristic and fantasy. This is because I enjoy a good creative challenge and crafting whole worlds, magic, technology, and new species, and then spinning stories that bring all that to life.

What genre do you read in and why?

I read the same genres I write in because it has often been stated that you have to read the type of books you want to write. If you want to write a dark fantasy, action-adventure type story, then those are the types of books you read so you can get a feel of what that audience enjoys.

What do you blog about?

My blog is about writing, books, and story science. I post reviews about my writing exploits, and just writing in general.

Who or what inspired you to write?

My family has been friends with another family for as long as I can remember, and when I was ten, one of their teens was writing a book. I was so fascinated and inspired that I resolved that if he could write a book, I could. As a child, I always made up stories in my head and with my stuffed animals. It never occurred to me that I could write those stories down and he was the wake-up I needed to see that I could bring the stories to life. He doesn’t write anymore and has moved on in life, but I can see now that God used that short time of his life to set me on the path of an enthusiastic writer. Nothing we do goes to waste.

What is the biggest thing you've learned through your writing journey?

Self-discipline. Writing isn’t easy by any stretch and I spent a good part of a year teaching myself to write regardless of whether motivation was present or not. Self-discipline is a huge part of writing because most of the time you won’t want to write, and it takes steeled determination to sit down and meet your daily word goal. I can now use that skill on any hard project I need to complete.

How has being a Christian affected the way you write vs. the way you used to or probably would otherwise?

I know if I wasn’t a Christian, chances are my books would have a language, sketchy scenes, and morbid elements. As a Christian, I can write good, clean fiction that Christians can read without compromising their Christian morals.

What do you want to accomplish with your writing?

I want to fill a void in the market—providing clean fiction that isn’t strictly “Christian fiction” but conveys Biblical themes and certainly isn’t written from a worldly perspective. I also want my books to make people think. Stories carry a lot of power to change perspective and I’d like to use that power for good.

How do you define success, and do you think you've reached it yet?

Success is different for every individual. It changes with each step in life I take. I don’t believe it’s riches or fame—but I will know I have succeeded when readers are telling me my books are conveying exactly what I wanted them to.

What is one thing you want to tell other young writers?

I don’t have much experience but I will say this: It’s okay to love something flawed. Your book will never be perfect. Especially the first draft. Someone once told me that as the writer, you know what your book’s potential is. But the reader doesn’t. They only see the book as it is and if it’s truly a good story, they will love it. As the writer, you will always think it could be better, but that’s just your perfectionism talking.

Conclusion

That’s the end of the interview. If you want to see the interview Aci did for me, check it out on her website.

Aci’s website: https://acienrica.com

Aci’s author Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/acienricaauthor

If you enjoyed this interview, make sure to head over to Aci’s website and subscribe to her email list.

Young Writer Interview: Allie Jo Andersen 

I recently joined an online community for young writers. As I was newly launching my blog at the time, I decided it would be a good idea to interview other young writers to see how they viewed writing and following Christ.

Starting off this brand new series is an interview with Allie Jo Andersen. Everyone, meet Allie!

About Allie

Bio

Allie Jo Andersen is a follower of Christ who loves weaving tales of adventure that entertain while instilling truth in her readers’ minds. If she’s not coming up with new worlds to explore, she’s probably playing with one of her bunnies, exploring someone else’s fictional world, or planning victory in the latest family game. Her work has been featured by Havok Publishing and The Young Writer blog as well as the anthology Imagine : A Collection Of Short Stories And Poems.

What genre do you write in and why?

I currently write in speculative fiction (fantasy, sci-fi, etc) and mystery, though it wouldn’t be unusual for me to write in other genres too. 😉 I write these genres because they are genres I’ve grown up reading and love to this day. I love the intrigue of mystery, and how whatever crime has been committed eventually gets brought to light. Fantasy is special to me because there are so many opportunities to show truth through allegories (much like C.S. Lewis). I like sci-fi because I like exploring things that could happen in the future or what could have happened.

What genre do you read in and why?

I will read in virtually any genre, as long as it’s clean and God-honoring. I love contemporary (middle grade, usually), mystery, fantasy, sci-fi, thrillers, etc. 🙂 I read those genres because… well, I’ve always read and enjoyed those genres! There are great things about each of them and I’m always up for a bit of variety every now and then.

What do you blog about?

I blog about writing and reading books that have messages that are clean and have messages that last. I also occasionally share some of my own writing, and you can also find back episodes of my podcast and blog serial Sci-Fi Fridays (which is currently on hiatus for an unknown amount of time).

Who or what inspired you to write?

What originally inspired me to write were the books that I was reading. I was about eight years old and decided that I wanted to write a book that I could read later on. After that I got hooked on the feeling of being in someone else’s shoes and dictating what happens while you’re writing about a character.

What inspires me to write now is the fact that I can reach other people through my writing and encourage them and give them hope. I love that I can let people know that they’re not alone, even if it may feel that way. <3

What is the biggest thing you've learned through your writing journey?

I would say the biggest thing I’ve learned through my writing journey is perseverance. Writers have a lot of areas where we have to persevere: while writing the first draft, while editing, while submitting for publication and receiving rejections. One of the recurring things that I continue to learn through my writing journey has been to persevere and trust God with the results.

How has being a Christian affected the way you write vs. the way you used to or probably would otherwise?

Being a Christian affects my writing in a huge way. My goal in my writing is to create stories that are both entertaining and point people to God’s Truth. My favorite thing about writing is how God can use it to touch people’s hearts and show them that they’re not alone. If I wasn’t a Christian, I think my writing would be… a lot emptier, and probably a lot more lost, too.

What do you want to accomplish with your writing?

I want to give my readers stories that are both encouraging and life-giving. Stories that show that dragons can be conquered and share the light of Jesus.

How do you define success, and do you think you've reached it yet?

For me, I’ve succeeded when I follow God’s leading and guiding in my writing. Right now I don’t have a lot of set-in-stone specific goals, but I know I’ve done well as a storyteller when I’ve written a story that tells the truths that God has laid on my heart.

What is one thing you want to tell other young writers?

There are so many things I would love to tell my fellow young writers! Don’t give up, no matter how hard it may seem. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people and ask questions. Take a leap and step outside of your comfort zone–whether that means sending an email or hitting “submit” for a story submission. I’ve received a lot of rejection emails for my flash fiction over the past couple of years, but that has pushed me to keep working at it, and I learned so much in the process. Remember that success isn’t always the best teacher; but failure often teaches you a lot about life and yourself, if you let it. 🙂

Conclusion

That’s the end of the interview. If you want to check out the interview Allie did for me, check it out on her website.

My interview: https://allieandersen.com/young-writer-interview-with-kayla-naomi-wong

Allie’s website: https://allieandersen.com

Allie’s published works: https://allieandersen.com/published-works

If you enjoyed this interview, make sure to head over to Allie’s website and subscribe to her email list for updates from her.

The Realm Audio Drama

The Realm audio drama

Finally!  It’s been about half a year since I told you all about the audio drama my brothers and I were working on.  Well, we recently finished the first episode, so here it is.  Enjoy!

A mermaid named Selena decides she doesn’t want to live in the water anymore, and since she has the ability to change her tail to legs when she goes onto land, she wants to live on a boat.  A way to grant her wish is found when she meets Max, the “world-renowned” scuba diver, and together, the three of them go on a treasure hunt to find a pearl that will give Selena a pirate ship.

There were some changes I made to what we were planning on doing.  First of all, Tanner decided not to be one of the voice actors, so characters were reduced.  I also decided to shorten how many episodes there could be, as the audio didn’t take up nearly as much time as I estimated it would.

In case you were interested in learning about the process I went through to make this audio drama, here it is:

First, I wrote the script over a relaxed period of a few months.  Then, we recorded.  I was both a voice actor and the director.  Once we finished getting all the audio I needed, I opened up Blender (a multi-purpose, free software that I use for video/audio editing), and I inserted all the scenes, sound effects, and music and edited them all together.  Once I was finished with that, I rendered (finished) the file into both an mp4 and mp3 file.  That way, I could upload it to YouTube along with the visuals, and my brothers could put the audio file onto their mp3 players.

Over this whole process, I was the producer, actor, writer, editor, and director.  All of my brothers helped me in one way or another.  Even though Tanner didn’t act, he and Aiden and Mason listened to the file before I rendered it, and they found one mistake, which I fixed.  Aiden helped me solve a problem that I had in editing.

Now, here is another thing I decided when we worked on the audio drama.  We aren’t planning on making more episodes.  Reasons for this are that conditions in our home and what we are up to now don’t fit well with recording, and Mason doesn’t really like voice acting (Mason says I’m very particular over the quality of our acting.  I take it as a compliment).  I don’t know for sure if we’ll never make another episode, but for now, I’m not planning on it.