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Author Interview: Juniper Lake Fitzgerald

Juniper Lake Fitzgerald, LGBTQ+ Dark Fantasy focused author

Interview

Use three to five words to describe yourself.

Determined, Quiet, Low-key Goofy!

Can you give us a little background on your debut?

My current series The Fifth Yanai, follows a multitude of characters through a complex journey into understanding their place and purpose in their world. The Yanai are their Gods, worshipped by the ruling Temple and a rebellious religious Sect alike. The Fifth Yanai leads the reader through the eyes of both a Temple Assassin and a Sect member supposedly “chosen” by the Gods. Their meeting is as tumultuous as their lives on Continent near barren by famine and drought, but ultimately will be the catalyst to change their world, and their beliefs, forever. METANOIA is the first installment 

Can you give us any insight into your planning and writing process?

Dreaming, Daydreaming, chaotic outlines, a first draft that is more an exploration of character and deciding lore than it is a full story, and then many, many, revisions! I also find taking breaks to read and get inspiration and space from my work is tremendously helpful to fill those plot holes and solidify ideas. 

Silence or music or other when writing/editing?

Music absolutely. Just nothing too distracting, or something I haven’t heard before. It’s more about setting a tone, mood, or flow for me.

You can erase one book or series from your mind entirely so that you can read it again for the first time, which do you erase?

The Inkheart Series by Cornelia Funke. I read them as a young pre-teen, they were the first books to ever make me cry and realize that books truly had such power. While I’ve moved on to more ‘mature’ books and topics since then, I would love to be able to relive that initial feeling of ‘oh my god are those TEARS on the page! This is incredible!’

Who are some of your favourite authors/books?

My goodness, these questions are getting tough huh?
The Witcher series, House of Leaves, The Iliad, Lord of the Flies, Crime and Punishment, The Only Good Indians. To name a few.
I’m a classics, horror, or dark fantasy person most of the time.

Who are your favourite book characters?

Emiel Regis Rohellec Terzieff-Godefroy – The Witcher
Xie Lian – TGCF
Nikkeah Taranis – Stormbringer (Erinn Harper)
Vaeltaja Ievisin – The Oracle Stone (Talli L. Morgan)
Patroclus – The Iliad (also The Song of Achilles)

Do you have any favourite magic systems?

Not particularly! 

You can bring one world from a book or series to life and live there, which world do you choose

I can never answer this question, because I feel like the world building I enjoy the most in books are settings that are very chaotic. So I don’t think I’d like to live in any of them, nor wish them to be real!
But, I certainly wouldn’t object to having a Daemon like in His Dark Materials.

What book or series would you love to see on the big screen?

I wish for a better adaptation of the Witcher that actually follows the source material and honors the original vision of the books. That would make me incredibly happy. 

You can collaborate with one other author, who do you choose?

Albert Camus come back and teach me your ways, we could do great things. Or you could, and I could just, peek over your shoulder and hopefully learn something. Either one. 

Have any cultures/civilisations inspired your writing?

Yes, my own.
As well as my interest in ancient Chinese, Nordic, and Greek cultures. Though I try to be careful of what influence I take from them, as while I spend a good deal of time studying them, they are not my own, nor mine to represent. But their inspiration in my collective creative consciousness is undeniable. 

What is your favourite mythical creature?

Vampires or Shapeshifters

What is your favourite mythical race?

I don’t really have one, but I’ve always loved Vulcans from Star Trek and Wraiths from Stargate Atlantis. 

You can have one superpower, what is it?

Invisibility 

You have the ability to morph into any real creature. Which creature do you choose?

Mantis Shrimp, I need to know what they can see. Also, super powered punches sounds fun.

You can go back in time and live a different period of history, when do you choose?

Before the colonization of Turtle Island.

You can meet any five people in the world, who would you choose?

Currently living? My wonderful online writer friends who have been so supportive and that I’ve built meaningful connections with, of course!

Would you rather…

  • ride a dragon or fly a spaceship?
    • Spaceship! Dragons are cool but… can they fly outside of earth’s orbit? No.
  • have the ability to fly or be indestructible?
    • Fly
  • be an elf or an orc?
    • Tough call. Orc’s are much more hedonistic, but Elves are more peaceful and unfortunately I have a desire for both. I’ll say Elf though.
  • have the ability to travel to mythical worlds, from your favourite books, or the ability to travel faster than light and visit planets and solar systems in this universe?
    • Visit planets and solar systems. I appreciate that fantasy is fictional, but space is not. It’s RIGHT THERE. I want to see it!!
  • face one orc or three goblins in battle?
    • One Orc. Three Goblins would be a nightmare. So many tiny teeth.
  • be an expert swordsman or archer?
    • Archer
  • be able to wield elemental magic or raise and control the dead?
    • Elemental magic. Let the dead lie.
  • live in a city under the ocean or one floating in the clouds?
    • Floating. I’m much less afraid of heights than I am of drowning.
  • be able to see the past or see the future?
    • Neither, I need no extra catalyst for my overthinking. 

Thank you for taking the time, we really appreciate it.