The Author Spotlight series featured on this blog showcases writers and their work. Writing can be a fulfilling but lonely journey - so why not have some fun and make a few friends along the way? Let’s get to know S.V. Filice (@SVFilice):
What inspired you to start writing?
If I’m being honest, my Twilight phase. Yes, I was Team Edward and I had a shrine in my bedroom. Though, what truly pushed me to write was the excitement of it all. Of reading a book over and over and waiting for the release of the first, and second, then third-fourth-fifth film. I loved comparing written scenes to those in motion picture. I remember the anticipation and the buzz of the whole experience. Then, when the movie released and I was stuck waiting for the next, I thought, “I can do this. I only need an idea.” I sat in my bed with a notebook and I kept wondering what would be different that no one could guess. This was my first experience of fantasy and I wanted into the world immediately. I only discovered I was decent at writing when I submitted a project for history class about lost letters written during the potato famine. My teacher told me it was good. That was the encouragement I needed to get started.
What are common traps/mistakes for aspiring writers?
I used to call myself an aspiring writer until someone corrected me, she said “if you write, you’re a writer.” Your aspirations are already achieved if you’re getting the words out. That’s all you need: find your method and go with it. My biggest trap is getting too overwhelmed with life around me that I put off the story I want to tell. My advice: make the time. Even if it’s an hour a week, every word written is progress.
What is something you loved but had to edit out of this book that was like sawing off a limb (isn’t writing fun)?
Oh, the hard questions are coming! For The Summoning, the novella originally began with Isabelle, Jeremy, and Brett’s experience when visiting the psychic. I wanted to test Jeremy’s weakened Sense, Voice of Reason, with a heard of sheep. Brett’s exercise for Touch of Force dropped her in the middle of a train track bridge with a train coming. Though, the novella told in first person didn’t allow for these scenes because Isabelle was never there. Instead you catch a glimpse of them in the flame at the table. One day I hope to share these scenes as a short story for readers.
Tell us a little bit about your story and what inspired you to write "The Summoning".
The Summoning was based on a nightmare I had. In the dream, a few friends and I were separated and tested in bizarre ways, then we arrived at a camp that was insanely foggy. Though, the ending to the dream was different. You’ll have to read my book to understand this, but the tattoo in my dream didn’t say angel, it said demon. Even to this day, I remember the dream. It stuck with me for weeks and I knew it was meant to be written.
If you had to describe the main character in three words, what would those three words be?
Isabelle is determined, curious, and trusting. She would never put anything above her love for her sister, but she trusts the balance and the purpose of the camp. Her curiosity is what allows her to push her limits.
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