Hello, friends and followers. Today is the first day of Nanowrimo, and also the day that I leave for the Reversed Polarity Doctor Who convention in Toronto, so I’ve scheduled this spotlight interview in advance. Let’s meet H. J. Stephens!
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Tell me a bit about your experience with Nano so far
2013 is my third Nano, though it’s the second time I’m starting completely from scratch. Last year I was reworking the story from 2011.
I always have such a good time during Nano that I couldn’t choose just one memory and call it my favourite. However, I would say that my favourite time to write is in the first few early hours of the morning with a fresh cup of tea.
What are you writing about this year?
This year I am working on the sequel to the story I wrote in Nano 2011/2012. Basically in the last book my main character had her memory wipes in order to make her more efficient and less trouble as she was captured by the enemy. The book I’ll be starting this Nano begins her journey of rediscovery. A lot of my writing deals with humanity at the core. What does it mean to be human and how does living in the world we’ve built for ourselves/are building for our children change us? This year, I’ll be delving deep into what being human really is, if we strip away all of the memories and environmental developments our personality has taken on.
Who’s the best character in your Nano novel?
Tough question. Whilst Kalina, being my main character is really the star of the novel, I adore all of my characters. I’ve put Kalina through the wringer, I’ve had her go through betrayal, death of loved ones, physical and emotional pain and now most recently memory loss. Because of that I feel that I’ll always be most connected with her as a character. But I really enjoy writing my bad guys and building their history and involvement in the plot. I don’t think I have a ‘best character’. They are all so different and yet so important to me individually.
What advice would you give to all your fellow Wrimos?
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