Welcome back to Writing Wednesday! As before I have another interview from Fantasy writer, as well as other genres, K.N. Nguyen. Please give a lot of love and support for my next guest, and let’s get underway.
- Please introduce yourself before we begin.
My name is Kristen. My pen name is K.N. Nguyen. I’m a fairly new author, my first novel being self-published in July 2017, but I’ve done some short pieces throughout the years. I love playing soccer and watching baseball (live). I also love music. In my free time, I like to sing karaoke with my friends, and I’ve tried learning both the guitar and the bass. My guitar skills aren’t great, but the bass is alright. In 2015, I started playing taiko, Japanese ensemble drumming, and I really enjoy that. I think out of those three instruments, taiko is by far my favorite.
- Every writer has an origin story to tell, what’s yours?
I grew up as your typical kid. I played sports year-round and loved to do anything that involved my imagination. I was always running around in hidden realms with my trusty sidekicks (in grade school it was my collection of pokemon lol). I primarily write high fantasy, and I think I got my start after reading the Chronicles of Narnia series, although my love for Roman mythology probably played a big part as well. I really loved the concept of being able to go in and out of different worlds without there being too much time passing in the normal world, and I think that influenced some of my later pieces.
I stopped writing after fifth grade or so, but picked it back up in high school. The general bones of my current series started during my freshman year. Looking back on it, it was such a hot mess that I’m surprised I could salvage it. I believe it was a combination of high fantasy a la David Farland and the Japanese anime, Slayers. The finalized version is much simpler, I think, although, I still incorporate mythology.
- What was the first story, poem or novel you ever worked on?
Hmmm… I believe my first piece was my third grade Young Author’s submission, but I might have written something sooner that never saw the light of day.
- What’s the hardest thing about writing?
I would say that the hardest part is finding time to be consistent. At first, I struggled to write one thousand words a day. I would constantly push myself because my mindset was that if I could bust out one thousand words a day, I would finish faster. However, as we all know, faster doesn’t necessarily mean quality. My first novel took three years to finish, once I actually started working on it properly. Now, I allot a period of time, usually an hour, and whatever I get done during that period is all I do. Sometimes, I’ll go over if I have a brainstorm, but usually, this lets me write what I need to without stressing myself out trying to hit a number goal.
- What Genres do you write in and do you have a favorite?
I primarily write high fantasy, but I’ve been diving into young adult, urban fantasy, and I’m even trying my hand at science fiction. I also have a paranormal thriller lined up in the pipeline.
- Why do you write?
I write because it is a way to enjoy doing something that I love, as well as relieve stress. I am not a full-time author, so writing is my second job. After a long day, it feels wonderful to have the minutia of the day wash off of me as I sit down and write. It’s really therapeutic, actually.
- Favorite author and/or book series?
Oh, this is so hard. I would say it’s a tie between David Farland’s Runelord series (books 1-4 only) and the original trilogy in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn. Sanderson’s Warbreaker is a close second though. These two actually got me back into reading when I stopped at different periods in my life and I think they also played a hand at shaping my style a bit.
- Okay, the tough question here. It’s no secret that Mental health is important for writers. Seeing that I want to be more of an advocate for it, is there any advice you like to give to people to keep fighting, whether you’re dealing with it personally or know someone that is? (This is an optional question)
My advice is to know that there’s always help available. Whether it’s a friend that you trust, or a professional, there is someone out there who will listen to you and be that shoulder you need. If you feel as though things are getting too tough for you, please remember that you are important to so many people.
- Before we leave is there anything you’re working on now or anything you have released?
I’m currently working on Oath Blood, the second book in my Fallen series. The first book, King’s Blood, is available on Amazon or you can order through my Facebook page. I also have a couple of shorts published by different publishers. Dragon Soul Press has published my short, Requiem of Solitude, in their Coffins & Dragons anthology. Inked in Gray will be published my short, Beyond the Distortion. My group, DragonScript, has published two science-fiction/fantasy anthologies, and we are hoping to release the third one this summer.
- Finally, anything you want to say to new writers/artists?
Writing is a hard field to get into. There are so many aspects to look into when you’re trying to create your masterpiece, and it can feel daunting at times. If you ever find yourself doubting, take a moment and reflect on why you wanted to write in the first place. As long as you keep that passion burning, you will always find success.
There you have it, folks if Ngyuen has charmed you in any way shape or form. Please follow her author page and her amazon page. That way you stay in touch with her and follow her writing journey along the way. As always happy reading, writing, or whatever it is you’re creating; and have fun doing it. Thank you all and see you guys next time.