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Today we pass the mic to Map Master himself, Dewi Hargreaves, our first non-Seriality author who kindly agreed to let us throw questions at him for fun. We hope you have as much fun reading his answers as we did. 😊
1 – Hi Dewi! Thanks for letting us interview you. Would you mind introducing yourself and your book/s to our readers?
Sure! I’m Dewi, and apparently I’m a full-time freelance illustrator and writer. I have no idea how it happened either. I’ve had stories appear in Noctivagant Press and Grindstone Literary, and in the Chimera and Heads and Tales anthologies, by Lost Boys Press and Chapel Orahamm, respectively. I also self-published my own collection of short stories, The Shield Road, which people generally say nice things about. (Fingers crossed that luck holds.) Before that I used to write those top ten lists you find on the internet – hey, someone has to, right?
2 – When did you start writing stories? Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I’ve been writing them for as long as I can remember, especially fantasy. When I was 14 I drafted a novel set in a fantasy world that had gone through an industrial revolution that had corrupted the countryside, but I got more serious about actually publishing fiction when I was 17. I bought craft books and wrote and submitted some short stories, and found that form suited me much better.
3 – You’re a fantasy writer, right? Have you ever written – or will you ever write – stories for other genres?
I’ve written all sorts, especially short stories. I took creative writing modules at university, which meant I wrote and read a lot of traditional literary style prose. I have ideas for short story collections that aren’t fantasy, so stay tuned! I’ve written plenty of sci-fi, post-apocalyptic and contemporary literary, but most of it is sitting on my computer. I was also on the editorial team of my university newspaper, so I’ve written non-fiction and journalistic stuff too, but I think I’m less likely to pursue that path now.
4 – We can see that you like making maps and that you’re also an illustrator. Do you have any other skills or hobbies?
You’re right! I’ve been obsessed with maps since I was a kid, so the fact that I can illustrate them as part of my day job is a dream come true. A lot of my time at the moment is split between illustrating, which I do on weekdays, and writing, which tends to be a weekend activity, but I do also paint miniatures. I’ve just picked up a ukulele – I used to play bass guitar years ago – so I’m getting to grips with that, and I’m considering trying acrylic painting, so yeah, I keep myself busy!
5 – Which story did you enjoy writing the most and why?
Individual story? Probably one of the ones I wrote while at uni. I don’t remember much from that time beyond the sheer excitement of being able to write whatever I want, guided by a skilled tutor in a group setting. It was pure energy, I loved every minute.
6 – If you had to pick a favourite out of all the characters you’ve ever written, who would it be and what is the name of the story they’re in?
Hmm, this is a very difficult question. I love them all to some degree, even the villains. I really love Rensa from The Shield Road. She’s a badass warrior who knows exactly what she wants, and I can’t help but admire her.
7 – If you had to recommend a book series and/or author, who would it be? Bonus points if you can tell us why
For fantasy, I’d always recommend The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell. They were the first books to keep me awake reading after 3am, and the setting is so unique, I haven’t seen anything like it elsewhere. In general, though, I’d always recommend Neil Gaiman. His short stories are especially good, but his fiction in general is always golden – you can’t go far wrong with a Gaiman book.
8 – Do you have a writing routine? If so, could you share it with us?
Ha! No, not really. If I have a routine, it lasts a few weeks at most before it changes. I’ve recently found that I write best in the morning or the evening, times when I can sit and focus for a couple of hours without interruption. I enjoy writing outside, too – I can’t explain why, but being outside puts me in a better mood and makes me more productive. Unless it’s raining of course, but I have been known to sit outside with an umbrella and keep writing anyway, haha.
9 – Have you ever read anything that made you cry or well up a little?
Oh, all the time. All. The. Time. I read Yeonmi Park’s biography, In Order To Live, at the start of this year and that made me *weep*. The most recent cry was when I was re-reading Ashley Hutchison’s The Garden of the Golden Children last week so I could review it. It happens with lots of books for me.
10 – And last but not least, how did you find this interview?
Thanks for the entertaining interview, Dewi! We’re glad you had a good time too. 💜
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