I'm excited to announce that all this week, we'll be publishing interviews with authors of novels in the Dark Days series. I know many Sparklers aspire to be writers, and this is a great chance to steal ideas from get inspired by professionals. First up: Courtney Moulton, author of Angelfire. —Miss Marm
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
Due to numerous learning disabilities, I had a very difficult time learning to read and wasn’t able to until the second grade. When I got to chapter books, I discovered the Goosebumps series by RL Stine and they changed my world. I loved the scary stories and couldn’t get enough. I collected just about every single one and when it still wasn’t enough, I began writing my own. My earliest stories involved murder mysteries, vampires, and haunted houses. I wanted to be just like RL Stine when I grew up and write books about the supernatural.
Who would win in a fight: a vampire, a werewolf, or a zombie?
A reaper. He’d pop out of the Grim and smoke them all.
Are you a fan of Twilight?
I read Twilight and Eclipse and enjoyed them. My favorite vampire series is Vampire Academy.
What are your five favorite books?
What are your five favorite scary movies?
Where do you write?
I write anywhere I can get a chance to write. I write in my bedroom, up north at the lake, at horse shows… Much of Angelfire was written at my boyfriend’s fraternity house.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
A fresh pair of eyes is invaluable. When someone else reads your work and tells you it’s good, figure out how to make it great.
Do you think writing can be taught?
Writing, or composition, can be taught. Anyone can learn how to construct sentences. That’s what writing is. Telling a story, however, is something else. Authors tend to be very astute individuals, very aware of the world and people around them, and have wild imaginations. A certain kind of crazy is required for one to be an author.
What is your new novel about?
Angelfire is about a seventeen-year-old girl named Ellie who is the reincarnation of an ageless warrior and the only one able to wield swords of angelfire. She protects human souls against the reapers, monstrous creatures who devour souls and send them to Hell in order to rebuild Lucifer’s army of the damned for a second war against Heaven. She doesn’t remember her past lives or understand exactly what she is, but her soul remembers one thing: her Guardian and sworn protector, Will. As she uncovers the terrifying secrets of her origins and of Will’s mysterious past, a powerful reaper has discovered a weapon that may be able to destroy Ellie’s immortal soul forever, ending her reincarnation cycle and unleashing Hell upon Earth.
Have you read Angelfire? Are your writing habits like Courtney Moulton's?