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Author Interview : Susana Imaginário

Susana Imaginário is the author of the Timelessness series, which started with the 2019 release of Wyrd Gods. The Dharkan followed Wyrd Gods in 2020 and book three, Nephilim’s Hex, was release in July of 2021. Book 3.5, Anachrony, is expected to be released in December 2021.

Interview

Use three to five words to describe yourself.

Writer, Acrobat, Gamer. Weird

Can you give us a little background on your series?

The original manuscript of Wyrd Gods was over 300k words long. When I decided to self-publish, I thought it would be better to turn it into a trilogy (or tetralogy as it actually turned out) and so Timelessness was born.

Timelessness is sort of a psychological version of American gods mixed with Stargate in a fantasy Underworld.

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

Bullet points for plotting and lots of trial and error for writing. ?

Now, seriously, I’m a very lazy plotter. Basically, I know what needs to happen and note down all the plot points I need to make, and then let the characters be themselves.

This means several revisions and a lot of editing. But it’s been working well so far.

Silence or music or other when writing/editing?

I usually listen to a specific tune associated with the scene or character I’m working on for inspiration before writing, but I need complete silence while I write. It’s like I’m counting. Any distraction makes me lose count, which is very frustrating and time-consuming…

I’m more forgiving of noise during editing, but still, I can only listen to music without lyrics while I edit.

Based on your experience, can you offer a piece of advice to budding authors?

Less talk about writing and more actual writing.

And keep your ego out of it.

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

None. My favorite books/stories are those that I’ve enjoyed more the second time. The best stories for me are those who are only fully understood on reread or rewatch… I just love to revisit scenes and see the character’s interactions in a new light, after knowing what’s going to happen. A good story never bores me. But there are many awful ones I wish I could erase.

Who are some of your favourite authors/books?

Favourite authors: Joe Abercrombie, Neil Gaiman, José Saramago, Terry Pratchett, N. K. Jemisin, Jane Austen, Fernando Pessoa… there are many.

Favourite books: Hyperion, Best Served Cold, Wuthering Heights, Os Maias, Nephilim’s Hex (yes, it’s one of my books, but I love it, damn it), The Witcher series, The Expanse, ASOIAF. Again, I have a few 🙂

Who are your favourite book characters?

Sand dan Glokta, Gerald of Rivia, Yennefer of Vengerberg, Tyrion Lannister, Amos Burton, Nynaeve al’Meara, Death (both Terry Pratchet’s and Neil Gaiman’s)

Do you have any favourite magic systems?

Not really. It’s probably the thing I least care about in fantasy. And I find the more convoluted it is, the less interesting it gets. I prefer to focus on the characters and how they use their powers.

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

My world. Despite all its troubles, I like it there. It was inspired by the combined landscapes of Sicily and Dominica.

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

Hyperion, Red Rising, Broken Earth, The First Law, The Night’s Dawn…

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

Joe Abercrombie. But I doubt he’d want to collaborate with me.

Have any cultures/civilisations inspired your writing?

Yes… for good and bad.

Mostly I’m inspired by pantheons and mythologies (mainly Egyptian, Greek and Norse), which are the product of their cultures/civilisations.

What is your favourite mythical creature?

I have a fondness for centaurs, unicorns and pegasus.

What is your favourite mythical race?

Elves. They are so introspective and quiet, so in touch with nature. I like that. ?

You can have one superpower, what is it?

Two years ago, before the pandemic and the lockdowns, I’d probably answered immortality. These days, I’m more inclined to teleportation…

You have the ability to morph into any real—not mythical—creature. Which creature do you choose?

Maybe a raven.

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

Britain before the Romans.

Would you rather…

  • ride a dragon or fly a spaceship?
    • Spaceship.
  • have the ability to fly or be indestructible?
    • Indestructible.
  • be an elf or an orc?
    • Elf.
  • 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 world?
    • Travel faster than light.
  • face one orc or three goblins in battle?
    • One Orc.
  • be an expert swordsman or archer?
    • I do both (not an expert in either mind) but I prefer archery.
  • live in a city under the ocean or one floating in the clouds?
    • Clouds.
  • be able to see the past or see the future?
    •  Future.

Cheers!

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