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March CSR Discussion Day: The Elf's Hunt by Yeoldebard


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Is your March coming in like a lion? Or how about an Elf Hunt? Because that was the story I featured this month, The Elf's Hunt by Yeoldebard. We went from space to soul searching fantasy. What did you think about the story? Share your thoughts in the comments below, but first! A Q & A for your enjoyment.

Chocolate or Vanilla?

It depends on the characters. The Elf's Hunt sticks to the vanilla, but doesn't really have much material to go off of.

What brought you to GA?

I was looking for an audience that would be likely to enjoy the type of stories I like to tell. Originally that was romance and fantasy, but I am constantly growing as a writer.

What is one location you would like to go to research for a story?

Oh, this is a tough one. My heart calls me to Germany, as it was the original birthplace of two of my characters. however, a trip to Greece would be amazing for cultural inspiration on the Egaro species.

What is the best part of being an author?

Honestly, being able to entertain myself with the stories I write down. my mind is constantly filled with what ifs about various stories. Having readers who enjoy the stories I write is just a hefty layer of icing on the cake.

If you could give advice to yourself when you first started writing, what would it be?

The biggest piece of advice would be to never be afraid to write what you want. You never know who else out there shares your view of the universe, and could be taking enjoyment or even inspiration from your work.

You write all sorts of paranormal and fantasy characters, but which is your favorite?

That is another tough question. Sticking with the theme of the Elf's Hunt, I would have to go with elves. We have our own ideas of what elves are, often influenced by classics such as The Lord of the Rings. Sometimes it is fun to subvert those ideas, and give elves their own flaws.

What is your favorite story that you have written and why?

I'm going to have to go with The Neko's Tail. It was my first foray into true science fiction, and it gave birth to a universe with a myriad of beings that each have their own ways of thinking.

Do you identify more with Elluin or Hope in The Elf's Hunt?

Both characters carry a bit of me in them, from Elluin's aloofness to Hope's sass. However, if I had to choose, I would have to go with Hope, because I, too, am a huge pain in the butt to deal with.

What is the best line or scene in the book?

Spoiler

I'd have to say the scene where Hope finally kisses Elluin. There is something about the feeling of impending doom that can really push a person into action.

Can you share anything special about your current or upcoming works with readers?

I can't say exactly what it is, but there will be a rather painful twist in Egaran Stars. Here's hoping it won't be too painful.

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Great interview!  I started reading this story at the beginning of the month, but then forgot to go back to it.  :facepalm:  I'll have to finish it, since I've enjoyed what I've read so far. 

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I find these author interviews about their story fascinating, and this was no exception. Thanks, @Ciaand @Yeoldebard. I don't have a lot of time or energy lately, but I'm intrigued enough to try to read this story at some point.

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I keep running into new reasons why I like GA. I started out reading Circumnavigation about 8-9 years ago and have been a constant reader ever since. For a while it struck me that there were too many '15-yo coming out' tales. but I am begining to learn author's names and the type of story they write so I am finding new material for my habit day by day. Many of those 'coming out' tales were rife with technical problems, grammatical errors and homophones especially, but I now find the quality of writing improving – perhaps because my selection of authors is improving. My most frequent plea at first was 'get an editor – please', but spell-check programs have improved author skills now. It is interesting to read a story and just know, oh, he used a spell checker which corrected his spelling to the wrong word. The next step after the spell-check is editorial reading to clean out the homophones. Maybe I am super-sensitive to them and some are actually a little funny. But I am learning to ignore them and just sit back and enjoy the creativity of the author. And God save us all from punctuation errors, those I have to ignore as nobody catches all of them.

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