Today we’re joined by Echo, a.k.a. The Literary Mortician. She’s currently studying for a degree in English and is a horror fiction writer. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I am a horror fiction writer, and general fiction writer, in college. I’m also a creature designer, though I do not study this in college. I draw for fun on my spare time for my stories.
What inspires you?
Several different things; I draw inspiration from just about anything. I usually get my inspiration from thinking up ideas when I let my imagination wander. I get inspiration from so many random things, it’s had to just pick one thing. Photos can inspire me, music can inspire me, my own emotions can do it, events, etc.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
Writing started out as a form of communication for me in elementary school. I was born with Aspergers Autism, so social skills and verbal communication did not come easy. I showed a great talent for writing, so I began to communicate what I couldn’t speak through writing. As for my art, my old friend Logan in elementary school introduced me to drawing. I enjoyed it, so I kept practicing and getting better as the years went by.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in our work that you’d be willing to reveal?
I’m not sure where this symbol came from, but I’ve written it under my name for years, every since I was in the fifth grade.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Do what you enjoy, and what makes you happy. Not everyone is going to be a huge fan of what you do, but there will be fans out there somewhere. Do it for your enjoyment, because it can suck the enjoyment out of what you love when you begin doing it for other people. Find your niche, and create things for people to enjoy. Don’t work for them.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Aromantic Asexual, I believe.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Living in the Bible Belt in southern Mississippi gets you judged for just about anything. I get judged for my orientation not only in my field, but I get it in my daily life. My family gets and understands my sexuality (to a degree), but everyone else ignores it, or just says I’m making it up for attention. I handle it by just ignoring them in return. I know I’m accepted on Tumblr, and understood, so I let that give me comfort and forget about the nay-sayers.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
Again, because of the ignorance in Mississippi, any sexuality other than heterosexual gets mistaken for homosexuality. Usually, after I explain what aromantic and asexual mean, they just think something’s wrong with me, or say “The right one will come along one day.”
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Find someone that shares your sexuality, or someone non-judgmental, and talk to them about it. Sometimes, just talking with someone or surrounding yourself with kindred spirits is the best form of comfort and strength.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
I don’t upload much of my horror fiction, and true work, online. I keep it withheld for my classes. I plan to upload it to my Tumblr one day.
Thank you so much, Echo, for participating in this interview and project. It’s very much appreciated.