Author Interview: S.P. Wish
A school camping trip leads quirky middle schooler Mizu, her twin brother Kaji, her friend Akumu and school newspaper reporter Seiya to a mysterious mansion in Greenfire Forest. In the mansion, Mizu's friend suddenly vanishes only to reappear out of thin air in the middle of the room! Many other unexplained happenings follow until Mizu discovers an old newspaper with information about a centuries old intrigue which has remained hidden till now..........and no person who knows of its existence is allowed to live.......
About the Author:
S.P. Wish is a novel-writing duo made up of identical twins S. Wish and P. Wish (pen names). They published their debut novel Roses of Doom on Smashwords.com where it is avalable for free. Their hobbies include reading, writing, listening to music, playing video games and eating exotic dishes.
1. When did you decide to start writing?
We started writing when we were eight. In the beginning, we only wrote short stories and illustrated novels and showed them to our teachers. Our teachers were extremely impressed by it and encouraged us to continue writing. We then started sending articles and short stories to magazines. When they were published, it became a source of inspiration for us to strive for something bigger.
2. What is your genre and why did you decide to write a novel in it?
We like almost all genres (even new age) and plan to work in many genres. In fact, we are planning a high-school comedy novel which will be completed some time in the near future. As for Roses of Doom, it is a horror/thriller/children's novel. It can also appeal to young adults and might also be perceived as sentimental by some because it has a strong message and a happy ending. We decided to write such a novel because we wanted to do something different within the horror genre so we mixed horror and happy endings with optimism and made a crossover novel.
3. Were you worried about the word count of your work?
In the beginning, yes. But as the novel progressed, we realized that its word count was getting better and as it is intended for the age group 10+ so it didn't have to be very long.
4. Do you have any writing quirks and what are they?
We eat a lot while writing, which means that we have to type using one hand. Sometimes, we also listen to music to create a mood while writing.
5. If you can describe your novel in one word, what would it be and why?
If Roses of Doom had to be described in one word it would be 'balanced'. That is because Roses of Doom has scary moments, sad moments, thrilling moments, happy moments and instances when not much seems to happen. We have mixed gloom and happiness in this book, which makes it well-rounded and balanced.
6. How did you decide on the title and what does it mean?
Roses of Doom came to us randomly. The strong use of Roses and the message they convey in the story was also a deciding factor. And it sounded exactly like the kind of title a horror/thriller novel would have without being too gory. It does not mean anything specifically, but it sounds interesting!
7. What do you hope your readers will get out of reading your novel?
An experience. We hope that they will be able to feel all the emotions we have packed into the book and have fun too.
8. Tell us a little about your road to publication.
It was a fairly straightfoward one. We wrote the book and then sent it to Smashwords.com which is an independent publisher of ebooks. Then, it got published.
9. What advice can you give other aspiring authors out there?
Stay true to yourself and never give up. Everything that you love, is worth it in the end. If writing (or for that matter, anything else) is what you want to do, it is the only thing that will give you true happiness. Even a little bit of success will make you feel accomplished and good about yourself, so keep doing your best!
One of the reasons why I started this author interview series is so that I could meet authors. Being a writer myself, I'm always interested in getting to know how other writers think and their writing process. So, thank you so much S.P. for taking the time to answer my questions. I really appreciate it.