Today we’re joined by Nick. Nick is a fantastic writer who specializes in fantasy, science fiction, and mainstream fiction. Although he’s currently unpublished, he hopes to change that soon. He has just started a project with an ace protagonist. It’s very clear that he has a great love for the art of writing. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I’m a writer! I write fantasy, Sci-Fi and mainstream fiction. Depending on what I’m writing, I prefer novels to short stories, since it gives me a little more space to world build (probably my favorite part of writing fantasy). I love writing stories with strong characters and fascinating worlds that those characters can explore.
What inspires you?
Anything and everything! Seeing a picture of something in a magazine, conversations with friends, everything! I never throw anything away and have a big folder on my computer of just old ideas that didn’t come to fruition. Conversations with other writers inspire me, tossing ideas around and seeing what happens.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I’ve always been a fan of stories. I loved world building, exploring the physics of alien planets or worlds with magic. I always liked with creating magical creatures and monsters when playing pretend. At some point, I just started writing them down and had a blast.
I don’t know if I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I was the worst speller in 3rd grade, so if you’d asked me then, I never would have said it. But in high school, I started writing longer stories for my own entertainment and people enjoyed what I was creating.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
No real single thing. I like having surprises and twists, but most of my stories tend to focus around the development and creation of the characters. I like having characters with unique perspectives (deaf or blind characters, characters in oppressed positions, non-human characters). I believe that diversity in a book is incredibly important.
I also like having a splash of comedy in whatever it is I’m writing. Just cause we’re hunting dragons doesn’t means there isn’t room for a barbeque joke.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Don’t give up. It’s hard to make a creative endeavor work the first time through. That’s why we have drafts. They’re formal permission to mess up. It doesn’t have to perfect every draft. Just try things and get it on paper. From there, just edit and rewrite until you get something you like.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I consider myself demisexual, but I’m unsure at the moment. I’ve only recently started identifying on the spectrum, so I’m still not sure. I still consider myself heteromantic, but identify on the ace spectrum.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
One thing I’ve really noticed is the erasure of asexuality in general. Not just in media, but also in the community in general. I feel like asexual characters are very hard to come by in normal writing. Romantic relationships, usually culminating in sex, seem to be the norm. I enjoy characters with strong connections, but don’t think they need to be sexual all the time (particularly in YA and Adult).
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That it’s not a real thing. Which is very confusing when first attempting to understand it. I’ve heard that it’s not a real thing and that anyone who says they’re ace is trying to invade the LGBTQ+ community, particularly if they’re attracted to people of the opposite gender. I’ve seen a lot of angry messages directed toward aces online, but I haven’t had the chance to interact with the larger community. I’ve met many people very accepting, but some discussions I’ve seen have been less than friendly.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
You’re not wrong. It feels wrong, but you’re perfectly fine not wanting sex, not having sex or not feeling like you need sex. It’s hard to find words for it, but you’re perfectly OK for not knowing yet.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Come check me out my Tumblr!
I have some writing hidden around there and there are plenty of other things for you to check out on there.
Thank you, Nick, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.