We get to know the most exciting new fantasy author around, Victoria Aveyard, ahead of the publication of her hotly-anticipated début novel Red Queen.
Who is your favourite author?
Impossible to pick one, so I’ll give three. J.R.R. Tolkien. George R.R. Martin. J.K. Rowling. Lots of initials.
What book do you most often recommend to friends?
A Game of Thrones. I thrust it upon anyone who comes too close.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I have specific playlists I listen to if I need music, and I usually write during the day. I also need a clear schedule, usually sixish hours, so I know I can just dig in and not worry about being late for anything.
If you weren’t a writer what job would you liked to have gone into?
A career outside of writing hasn’t crossed my mind since before college, but probably something history related. I would’ve studied archaeology if I wasn’t accepted to any writing programs.
What is the best thing about being a writer?
Being your own boss is both the best and the worst. I set my own pace, but I have to self-motivate, which can be really difficult sometimes. But it’s a very minor thing to complain about. The big perk is doing what I love everyday and being constantly amazed that this thing I’ve been doing since I was six is now my real job.
What one item could you not live without?
This isn’t really an item, but going to the movies is probably my most treasured activity. My family is very big into cinema, and I’ve been a film buff since probably birth. When I get out of an amazing movie, I feel like I’ve transcended, and that I can do anything. Same with watching a favorite film, preferably with friends or family. Film and television allow you to share the magic of storytelling, and I’m constantly amazed by it. Sorry for gushing. Movies are my happy place.
Tell us something that will shock your readers?
My dad eats bologna sandwiches dipped in milk. It’s horrifying.
What makes you happy?
I guess I kind of answered this. Movies, books, television. Good stories. Finishing a project. That’s the best combination of joy and relief. I also love this computer game called Crusader Kings. Dynastic warfare is fun for me.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Good luck is opportunity plus preparation. Also, the spider doesn’t know what part of the web will catch the fly.
The members of my dream book club would be . . .
My natural instinct is to rattle off historical people I want to meet but they would probably suck at book club. Cleopatra cannot read English. But really, I’d love to have book club with Diana Gabaldon. She seems like the cool aunt everyone wishes they had, and then I would get a chance to steal her amazing shawl collection. Also Jennifer Lawrence, George Lucas, my mom, Anna Kendrick, Peter Jackson, and Sharon Kay Penman.
Start reading Red Queen right here, right now . . .