Good afternoon fellow booklovers.
Today’s post is a long-awaited author interview with a new fantasy author.
Please welcome Haven Berg, author of the fantasy trilogy, For the Intended.
So, Haven, when did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?
I remember writing stories around eight years old, but I began to take it seriously when I was twelve. I began writing For the Intended then, and I’ve only grown my love for creating stories since.
It’s amazing to hear that you started so young.
Is there anything now that you feel you ‘have’ to do while writing?
I almost always have my water bottle next to me, and my chihuahua, Giggles, curled at my feet.
Where do you get the ideas for your books?
(Do they just come to you spontaneously, or do you research topics you’re interested in?)
My ideas come from my consistent daydreaming and the day-to-day inspiration around me. I don’t typically research unless I already have an idea that I want to flesh out further.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to read and make art. I’m a freelance illustrator with a focus on children’s books.
I imagine that must be an exciting job.
Tell us, what is your favourite genre to read / write in, and why?
I prefer YA fantasy and Sci-fi. I enjoy visiting other worlds and meeting new creatures. I like environments with new rules, and love to lose myself in conundrums you wouldn’t encounter on modern day Earth.
Do you interact a lot with your readers, for example, if you get reviews or comments relating to your books?
If they reach out to me personally, I love to discuss the story with them!
What do you think makes a good story?
Transportation. If you can take me somewhere else and make me forget who I am for a bit, you’ve done it.
What is your favourite thing about writing?
My favourite parts are the ultimate beginning and end of the writing process. I enjoy the initial daydreams the story is born from, and the feeling that comes from finally publishing is quite unmatched.
Are there any authors out there who you feel have influenced your own work?
Suzanne Collins, Lois Lowry, James Patterson, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Rick Riordan, M.B. Weston, and Chuck Black.
So quite a few then.
And how did you decide on your main characters for this story? Did you draw any inspiration from people in your own life?
Each main character showed up when I needed them to. I didn’t plan them very much. I drew inspiration from many of the people, animals, and events around me, but more subconsciously than intentionally.
Do you ever use personal experiences as inspiration for your writing?
For the Intended is actually a vast collection of my personal experiences, seen through the veil of the fantasy genre. Creating the series was secretly a coping mechanism, as I struggled with OCD, anxiety, and depression throughout my school years. Galayne experiences many of the same challenges and strives to overcome them. I hope that For the Intended will be a portal to a new world for all its readers, and also help those struggling with mental health.
Thank you for sharing that with us. I’m sure a lot of writers out there can relate to what you have said here. It’s wonderful that you’ve found a way to instil your experiences and struggles into your lead character and I’m sure they will go on to help and inspire others who are similarly struggling.
I come from a large family based in rural Georgia. I adopted my love for writing and reading at an early age and have been making up stories since. I’m also an artist who illustrates books and sells prints of my artwork. I just simply love to create, whether it is through books or art. I continue to write and hope to publish my sci-fi, The Green-Eyed Warper, in the near future. I love to meet fellow readers and creators, so feel free to reach out to me on any of my social media!
Thank you so much to the wonderful Haven Berg for participating in this author interview.
It’s been lovely to learn more about your writing process and inspirations.
If you’d like to learn more about her inspiring fantasy novel, For the Intended, then check out its Goodreads page here.
Or, if you’d like to learn more about Haven Berg herself, visit her Amazon Author page here.
Until next time,