Today we are talking with Britt Laux about their creative process. Britt Laux is the author of Summer at Enid’s and The Forest Witch.
Britt is an Ohio-based author and editor who lives in their own small forest. You can often find them daydreaming new stories while wandering among the trees. They grew up writing stories, starting will fully illustrated books about vampires. Now they focus on realistic characters and life experiences with LGBTQ+ representation.
So let’s get into the questions!
First, tell us about your book!
The Forest Witch (coming 2021) is a sapphic fantasy about a warrior and a witch who are thrown together by fate. They have to figure out how to save the world of Unara before war rips it apart. It verges on dark fantasy in places, but has a bit of romance and heat. It’s also the first book of a trilogy.
How did you come up with this idea? What inspired you?
My original inspiration came from playing with my six year old in the woods. We were going under arched trees – we call them faerie arches – and pretending to be transported to new worlds. That was the spark, and portals are still a huge part of the story, but it’s changed a lot as it’s been developed.
Tell us a little bit about your main character(s). Were you inspired by anyone particular when writing them?
My main characters are Lanira and Siobhan. Lanira is an Unaran warrior, and what we would consider a princess. She’s very strong and a bit stubborn. Many strong women have inspired Lanira. Siobhan is a human, with a witchy background. She can be a bit sassy, but is very sweet.
What about your setting? What inspired you to choose where the story took place?
Forests are often a part of my work. I live in the woods and find a lot of inspiration there… So, I knew it would be set in a forest, and I built the rest of the world as I went.
Obviously, stories change from their initial inception. How has your story changed while working on it?
Oh wow… It’s changed a lot! From the original idea of faerie arches in a forest, to changing the main character from male to female… I’m a “pantser” and it took several false starts to find the right path for this one. It’s also gotten darker from the light hearted idea I started with.
What is your writing process like?
I fly by the seat of my pants! I get an idea and will usually draft a few chapters to get a feel for it, then develop characters and setting notes. Then I just have at it! I’m terrible at plotting, and never follow an outline when I make one.
What part of the writing process do you enjoy the most?
The first draft, for sure. That’s the magic of discovering a new story.
What was the most difficult part in writing your book? How did you overcome it?
The most difficult point for me was finding the right voice. I started with a male MC (who actually stayed on as a side character), and it just wasn’t working. Once I realized I needed a female voice, it all fell into place.
Now let’s talk personal inspiration: did anyone or anything inspire you to be a writer?
I’m not sure! I’ve been writing stories since I was eight! I can’t remember not wanting to be a writer. But I am inspired by other authors, especially in the indie community. It’s such a great family of storytellers to be a part of.
Finally, do you have any words of inspiration or tips to new authors?
I would say, don’t worry about what the “experts” say – or at least, take it with a grain of salt. You have to write your story the way it needs to be written.
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