Today I have an interview with author, A.M. Wright. She is another one of the amazing authors I have met at The Parliament House. I am so excited she took the time to stop by and give me an interview!
So here you go, everyone. An interview with A.M. Wright!
What is your main form of creative expression?
Drawing used to be my main form of creative expression. I have stacks of old sketchpads tossed in boxes that are now in storage, and it was how I did my storytelling before I started writing. When I was younger, they used to work together, but I often fear that my ability as an artist is little limited anymore. I still try to draw as much as I can, but I know that writing is now my main outlet.
Do you work as an artist/creative full-time or do you have a different day job?
I wish I did, but I am in an unfortunate situation where I do have a different day job. I work in the tourism industry as a Sales & Marketing Coordinator for one of our Northeast Ohio counties. It’s not as much of a creative outlet as I would like, but it’s something; and I do have my work with The Parliament House on the side that keeps me sane on a certain level.
How long have you been creating music/books/plays/films/etc.?
Uhh….awhile? I’ve been creating for myself mostly, and that’s been going on for as long as I can remember. I’ve been drawing since I was in first grade, I started writing fan-fiction when I was in middle school, and I wrote my first book my freshman year of high school.
How do you find time to be creative when you have a separate day job?
It’s harder now than it used to be. I have so much more on my plate and I don’t always feel like creating. Between my day job and my free time in the evening, I try to squeeze in a few hours when I really feel like it. I sit at a computer most of my day and by the time I get home, the last thing I want to do is stare at another one. But I push on if I’m spurred by inspiration or encouragement.
Do you engage in any additional creative hobbies? Are there any you’d like to try?
Cosplay. I have always wanted to cosplay, and I don’t just mean finding a costume and making alterations. I have always wanted to craft with worbla, sew a cosplay from scratch, and style a high-end wig to achieve that high quality look of a character from something I really love. I didn’t get to do much of that when I was younger, for one reason or another, so my goal is to keep scratching the surface of the cosplay world until I have the skills to make something amazing.
Who are some other artists and creatives that inspire you to create?
Oof. Good question. I think it’s my peers that inspire me to create, now more than ever. The book I co-wrote happened because I was working with another incredibly talented author, and they encouraged me to write. My fiancé also played a big part in that, too, because there was a time for a while there when I didn’t want to write or draw or do anything relatively creative. He gave me the encouragement and support I needed to draw some confidence back into myself.
Why do you create?
There isn’t any existential reasoning that I can give, other than I love to write. I always have. I do it because I have stories in my head that weren’t ever there before, stories that want to be told and I have to do right by myself (and my imagination) to make those stories happen.
What advice do you have for other creatives?
Don’t hesitate. Don’t be afraid. Create for yourself first. The last thing you ever want to do is go in with the mindset that you’re creating for everyone else. Also, keep in mind that it’s not a race. There is no finish line. Take your time to make something that you’ll be proud of. You have plenty of time to create what you want.
What are you working on right now?
Gosh…a number of things! I have so many projects. Right now I’m working on marketing for the novel I co-wrote, which comes out next spring, and I’m trying to finish a first draft for another novel that I started a few months back. It’s a story about a guy who died once, can see/speak to ghosts, and gets tangled up in a crazy plot that involves a 900 year-old witch with a bakery/coffee shop.
Where can people find you and your work?
I am OFFICIALLY listed on Goodreads now as an author. Yay for that! You can find me there, on Instagram (@amwright_author), and on Facebook. I share most of what I’m doing on each of those platforms to keep everyone up to date. I’ll have more in the future to forward to!
Thanks for letting me pick your brain! I love your advice to other creatives!