“Seize the wind. Don’t become the kite that never flies.”
I am so happy that I was able to do an interview with Elizabeth Lim! Her two books (which I fell in love with) were “The Blood of Stars” duology. It has such beautiful writings and gorgeous covers of course! I’ll always follow her journey through her books and I’m definitely waiting for her next book: Six Crimson Canes.
*Since Elizabeth Lim is a busy author and she was on a deadline (when she answered my questions), this will be a small interview.*
Becky: How did you get the names for your characters?
Elizabeth: Most of the characters’ names are entirely made up. Maia Tamarin’s name came from an opera I wrote when I was in music grad school, and I based the sound of many of the characters’ names around hers to create the world of A’landi.
Becky: Where did you get the idea from?
Elizabeth: Spin the Dawn is inspired by my grandmother, who was a seamstress for many years after moving to the United States, as well as some of my favorite fairy tales: Donkeyskin, Aladdin, the Cowherd and the Weaver, and East of the Sun.
Becky: When did you first realize you wanted to become an author?
Elizabeth: I grew up wanting to become a composer actually, and though I’ve been writing since childhood, I didn’t set out to try and become an author until I was in grad school! It’s never too late to follow (or change!) your dreams.
Becky: What is your schedule like when you’re writing?
Elizabeth: I have 2 young children now, so I write whenever they let me lol. I try to write in the afternoon when they’re napping and at night when they’re asleep.
Becky: Any tips you would like to give to fantasy aspiring authors?
Elizabeth: My advice is more general towards anyone aspiring to be a writer: I’d say the most important thing is to get words down and write the book – the hardest thing is to finish writing a book from start to finish, but it’s also the first step. Also, read as much as you can, and learn from authors you both like and dislike.
Becky: What do you think makes a good story?
Elizabeth: Personally, I love stories where I grow to care deeply about the characters and am still thinking about them even after the story is finished!