*This year I wanted to provide a spotlight for a few writers who have decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month. Enjoy getting to know them and learn from their insights! If you’re doing NaNoWriMo and would like to be interviewed, go to the Contact page and drop me a message!
Tell us why do you participate in National Novel Writing Month
Originally, I did because I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. That was more years ago than I care to count. Now I do it simply to get a jump start on a particular project. I try to release 2-3 books of my own every year, and getting a 50k boost in one month always helps me reach that.
How/When did you first learn about NaNoWriMo?
It was on a forum. Someone mentioned it and I asked what it was. The rest, as they say, is history.
How many years have you participated in NaNoWriMo?
I’ve skipped a couple years here and there, but I am about to embark upon my 15th NaNo. I have never failed to reach the goal, but I suppose there’s a first time for everything!
Being a NaNo veteran, are there any advice you might offer for a newbie?
Sometimes it feels like you don’t have time to write. Don’t always feel like you have to carve out a 2-3 hour block of time to try to reach your goal. If you can write on your phone or tablet, knock out a paragraph or two at various times during the day. Handwrite a page that you can transfer into your manuscript later. Email yourself. Writing a couple thousand words can be a daunting task sometimes, but almost anyone can write a couple paragraphs without much effort. Do that a few times over the course of the day and suddenly you’ll be at your target without realizing it. Writing a NaNo book is like writing anything else: you do it one word at a time.
Also, give yourself permission to write shitty stuff. It’s okay if it sucks. It’s okay if it’s so bad you’re ashamed to ever show it to anyone. It’s okay if it doesn’t even make sense. That’s what rewrites are for. Spend November getting your word mileage down. Don’t go back and rewrite anything until December, or even later. Worried you might forget? Leave yourself a note in the manuscript, but then keep going.
What is your NaNoWriMo project for this year?
It’s a fantasy novel called Roast Wyvern and Other Recipes. Think Anthony Bourdain meets Lord of the Rings.
If you were to introduce yourself to a group of strangers, what would you say?
“Hi, I’m Ian Thomas Healy, president, publisher, and chief bottle washer of Local Hero Press.” That’s actually my standard introduction at panels when I’m doing them at cons.
Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what kind of music?
I tend to create playlists for specific books. My Soldiers of Fortune WIP, for example, is set in the early 90s and is an homage to the hyperviolent comic books of the time. I’m listening to a list with lots of grunge in it right now (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Paw, Screaming Trees, etc.).
Do dreams inspire your writing ideas?
Unfortunately, I almost never remember my dreams.
Who is your favorite author? Why?
My current favorite author is Becky Chambers. Her Wayfarers series is truly amazing.
Favorite time of year?
Summer. I’m a delicate flower and I hate being cold.
What’s your favorite television show?
Right now, I’d have to go with The Expanse. It’s just so good and written so well.
How do you get into the minds of your characters?
With a bone saw, hammer, and chisel.
Please tell us about your celebrity crush.
Hmmm. I’m so bad at knowing celebrities. Pass.
What is your preferred genre to write in?
It’s pretty self-evident from my catalog that superheroes are my butter zone.
How much does music/movies/TV shows influence your stories?
Movies/shows with amazing set pieces, gorgeous visuals, etc. are always inspiring to me. Music of nearly all kinds is also inspirational. Although I prefer music without lyrics for writing, sometimes I still get lost in it and my fingers stop typing as I enjoy it.
Anything else you’d like to share with us?
I’m a sucker for giving away free ebooks and audiobooks to people who want to review them. Anyone who wants one can reach out to me anytime via my website, facebook pages, or on the twitters.
NaNoWriMo link: https://nanowrimo.org/participants/ian-thomas-healy/projects/the-queen-s-feast
Facebook: www.facebook.com/localheropress, www.facebook.com/authorianthomashealy
Twitter: twitter.com/localheropress, twitter.com/ianthealy
Website: www.localheropress.com, www.ianthealy.com
Thank you so much, Ian for taking the time to share with us a little bit about yourself and your writing experiences. Best of luck for your NaNoWriMo! If anyone has any questions or comments for him please leave them in the Comment section.