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 


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? 

  1. 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. 

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