Ask the Author: Amelia DeField
What would you like readers to know about you?
I write science fiction and fantasy with a mad dash of mythology, fairy tales, and history. By day I’m a marketing ninja, by night I’m a writer and reader. I work for the Synergy Creatives marketing agency interviewing businesses, artists, musicians and photographers for our regional magazine.
What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?
King For A Minute is a sci-fi fantasy twist on Arthurian legend. A crippled man must confront the King of the known Verse armed with nothing but the truth. Truth can be a powerful weapon when welded correctly. You can read my short story and others in the Fairy Tales and Folklore Reimagined anthology https://t.co/c2ZrhK8Hq7
What has been your inspiration for writing it?
While working late, late into the morning, I stumbled upon songs about Arthurian legend from the perspective of Morgan le Fay and I wondered what if King Arthur wasn’t the moral, upstanding hero history made him out to be? Or even a man at all?
I wrote the sentence below that became the seed for the story:
“A scratch and a rumble, a tiff and a tramble, the wizened old Merlin came down from his study.”
Then I had to find the answer to why Merlin made such a commotion and why he rushed out of his tower. The rest of the story flowed from this idea of a cyborg Merlin with hydraulic limbs.
What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?
The dialogue! I felt like the old English added a certain flair to the story. It was so much fun to distill a twisted sci-fi version of the story of King Arthur into a short story. The ending is likely my second favorite part.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
- S. Lewis and the Narnia series sparked that joy of storytelling in me. My Dad read the series to me at night when I was very young. As I grew older and started reading on my own, I was inspired by the Timothy Zahn’s vivid characters and Kevin J. Anderson’s beautiful prose.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
If you are struggling to finish something, NaNoWriMo helped me finish the first draft of a novel when I only had a few starts of ideas. The community is amazing and the challenge certainly helps hone your daily writing muscles. The biggest thing for me is writing and reading as much as I can. If you aren’t reading, write at least once a day. Got writer’s block? Read until you are filled with inspiration and bursting with words for your stories.