A Little Something about A.M. Hyacinth:
Known in the writing world as A.M. Hyacinth, she spends most of her days constructing and developing ideas for the diverse fantasy world her characters reside in. She also over indulges in creating multiple in-home DIY projects. She is not only working on new novels, but also writing poetry and creating artwork to fulfill the aesthetics. She is currently writing the remainder of the Rise of the Fallen series.
Questions and Answers:
1. What made you want to be an author?
I first discovered my infatuation with writing when I was six. My Great Grandmother was a very strict teacher, and I oftentimes would find myself ditching other subjects to write or read. She noticed this and told me how talented I was and to never put it to waste. Ever since then, I’ve been in love with every form of writing.
2. Typically, what was the timeframe it took you to write your books?
I’d have to say a year and half! On a light note, because I’m still making changes, but yes, that’s my estimate.
3. Are you a planner or pantser?
Total Pantser! I accomplish a lot in a day which only gives me room to write at night. I allow the muddiness of the story to come to me instead of me creating it. Although I'd like to try planning, pantsing has always been my go-to for writing.
4. What would you say is your unique writing style?
I don’t necessarily find my style unique, but perhaps someone else perceives it as much. I will say one unique thing about what I do is combining spiritualities like Egyptian Mythology and the evil elements of Christianity. I’ve never seen that combination before I wrote it.
5. Whether it be traditional, self, or story book apps. How did you find the publishing process?
I find it...interesting. With the help I’ve had endearing the world of Indie-publishing, it’s very much ‘teacher student’. I’ve always wanted to self-publish, so it really is a dream come alive. Not the marketing though, ha-ha, the marketing is still very much a pain.
6. How much of your process includes doing research into your subject matter or plot?
The entire process! From the character names to the nitty-gritty of world building and power-handling. The cultures also take some gruesome swatting as well. I usually fulfill that portion throughout the day, then allow the story to come alive on paper at night.
7. How old were you when you first discovered your passion for writing?
Six as mentioned prior. It was always the aspect of discovery that enthralled me. Ever since then, I’ve been escaping reality. I’m not sure how mentally healthy it is at this point!
8. When you’re not writing, what do you enjoy doing with your time?
I enjoy reading, playing piano or listening to music as I customize a mug in solitude.
9. Is your family supportive?
Of my craft, yes! Of my writing style, not so much, so I’ll have to write something to their liking soon. Just to show them that versatility is not dead.
10.What was one of the most surprising things you learned about yourself in creating your books (characters, location, plot)?
The mythology and the name making! Some of the names I gave my characters were pure coincidence. I would give them their name first and then look it up, only to find out it matches their personality to a T. The integrity of the Mythology within the Egyptian realm was also a shocker. I had no clue that the very fiber of their existence is portrayed as a myth, I always thought they were real. I’d go on and on about it if I could, but I don’t want to bore anyone.
11.What is your favorite component about the genre you write?
The action! When they all fight or even just a couple of them back-to-back, I get covered in goosebumps! I think it’s the adrenaline of the characters that possess me finally being freed on paper that compels me. Definitely a dramatic battle freak! I have the MCU to blame for that.
12.What advice would you give to help others become writers?
If it is your gift, then please open the box. You will be so amazed with what was given to you, written in your DNA, and creatively offered to you. To carry out your purpose and to express your place in the chaotic world we live in. Who cares if you think it’s bad, you can always become better at anything you put your soul into.
13.Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Oh, my readers are quite the bunch! They bless me every day, so now I refer to them as sisters, since they are predominantly female readers. They are my light and they keep me energized, invigorated, and inspired. I learn from my readers daily. I’ll always adore that portion of the journey. As far as what they say, they mainly remind me of how authentic the book is, or they go crazy over one of the Legion Soldiers. Which I must say, is the funniest part of our conversations.
14.Do you like to create books for your target audience?
I do! Which is why I have littered SA With Characters of various colors and cultures. I believe that it is important to allow each of my readers to feel as if they are welcome into fantasy, no matter what they look like on the outside. Besides that, I also am a heavy fan of paranormal romance, so I tried my best to place this book in such a category. Here’s to seeing if I succeeded!
15.What pulls you in about a book? Do you read a book based on the cover or the summary?
The new world that is made or shifted inside of a book draws me in. More than anything, I live for the drama in each of the characters’ lives. Fantasy is truly the genre that reels me in. Romance especially, it’s embedded with emotion and I find myself living vicariously through the Main Character. So, yes, their love interest is mine!
16.How do you handle writer's block and what do you tell other aspiring authors who may be fighting or fearful about hitting that wall?
I hate that time when you feel like you’re under a spell – where there is a void and all you see is blackness – you’re in a blackhole of creativity. There’s no worse feeling in the world than to feel utterly devoid of creativity. I despise that creative blockade so much I don’t even write it out when I feel it. I go to war with that little brat with Pinterest, music, and binaural beats. Or I’ll read another work of art written specifically by an Indie Author, because I’m all about supporting the ones who support me and/or that need it.
A.M. Hyacinth is a gifted world builder and character developer. For her apparent talent, I am conflicted if whether she is really a veteran - established author with 30 books already written under another pen name? Or if she is truly who she claims to be - a first time, novias - who wrote a phenomenal story that people already have devoured and starving for more. I choose to believe she is the ladder and we have all the time in the world to experience even more greatness out of her. Saving Asteroth is a must read.