Interview: Georgia

Today we’re joined by Georgia. Georgia is a wonderful aspiring author who specializes in YA sci-fi/fantasy fiction. She’s currently in the process of writing a 5-book dystopian series that features an asexual main character. It’s clear she loves what she does, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

I’m an unpublished author and in the middle of creating my very own mermaid tail.

I write sci-fi/fantasy YA novels that only I have read. I just find such safety and confidence in creating worlds of my own or manipulating this world to fit my own design. I’m writing a five-book dystopian series under the pseudonym of Amber Whittaker, which has a main character (Aphrodite) that is actually asexual.

What inspires you?

Since I was little, my inspiration and best friend has been my mom. She supports me through almost anything and guides me when I’m sailing on stormy seas.

I draw inspiration for my writing from the world around me. I always write in public because I meet/see such interesting people and places. Several times, I’ve integrated random people into my stories simply because they brought something new to my characters!   For my mermaid, Gaia is the name of the goddess of life/Mother Earth. Once it’s finished, I’m going to be primarily using my mermaid persona to spread awareness about ocean conservation.

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I actually always wanted to be a scientist; marine biologist, to be specific. That’s how I got into mermaiding. I love the ocean and always felt more at home under the water.

As for writing, I actually didn’t have any interest in it until 5th grade. It was a writing assignment that my teacher, Mr. Reisler, gave. “Imagine you were a scientist and you became famous for a discovery. What’s that discovery?” He emailed home and asked my mom not to help me on writing assignments. She hadn’t. The next day, he told me that I had a talent and I should pursue it.

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?

I always include myself in my books. It will never be obvious, but there’s always a background character that mirrors who I am.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Never give up! Every successful artist began as a starving artist, and every accomplishment began as a dream. I have nobody standing behind my mermaid dream because everyone thinks it’s stupid and a waste of money. I have nobody to read my writing or give me advice on how to get published because nobody I know likes the genre. As long as you stick with it and take criticism as advice, you’ll go somewhere with your dreams!

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I identify as a hetero ace.

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I have experienced ignorance, but not prejudice. I know many people have experienced the latter, but I am more than thankful that I’ve not had to deal with it.

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

“You just think that because you haven’t met the right person.”

No, I know that because my right person will accept me for who I am! Asexuality isn’t a disease that needs to be cured, nor is it a phase that someone can just snap out of. I’m asexual because I don’t feel a sexual attraction to anybody; man, woman, etc.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

Be true to you. My mom is my best friend, but I haven’t told her because she doesn’t accept this kind of thing. I know who I am, and I know what’s important to me. Your sexual orientation doesn’t define you, unless you make it.

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

You can follow my progress in my writing life on my Facebook page: at authoramberwhittaker

You can follow my progress in my mermaid life on my Instagram account: mermaid_gaia_ravenshelm.

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Thank you, Georgia, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Juliet Kovacs

Today we’re joined by Juliet Kovacs. Juliet is an author who is currently working on getting published. She specializes in dystopian fiction and has written a novel with an asexual girl as the main character. Aside from writing, Juliet also enjoys musical composition and nature photography. Juliet is obviously an incredibly passionate and enthusiastic artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

Well, I write, compose, and do photography. I write mainly dystopian and apocalyptic set short stories, along with some just about asexuality. As for my composing, I use mainly do symphonic type, as well as occasionally my voice or a friend’s. The style is very mild, not too hard-core. As for photography, NATURE, NATURE, NATURE! I love photographing nature like trees and animals and the sky. It feels so raw and perfect. Photography is really a side thing, which I do at weddings and events for a little extra money, or when I have free time.

What inspires you?

I don’t think I really look for inspiration. It usually just comes to me. I sit down in front of my computer and let stuff just happen. Sometimes I do not even realize what I am writing until I am four pages in! Same thing with music. I play around on GarageBand and put together stuff that sounds nice.

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

Not really. I wanted to be a doctor for a long time, until I discovered the power of words and music. You can express yourself however you want to, and it can be all yours or you can share it with the world.

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?

That’s a bit difficult. I tend to put a certain melody in all of my music, a little violin and bass combination. It’s always hiding in there. For my pictures, I just use a watermark is all. Writing… it’s a little funny, but I always use the phrase, “Can we go feed the hippos?” as a joke, alluding to an experience I had when I was younger.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Do whatever feels natural! Go with your gut instinct 🙂  no matter what people tell you, however much they say you will never make it, follow your dreams.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I identify as asexual and honestly am not quite sure about the romantic part. Maybe demi, maybe quoi, who knows.

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I have only written a few short stories about asexuality and I constantly got positive comments. I am currently working on publishing a full-length novel about an asexual girl, which I have not yet shared. But I have had to go to quite a few companies, so prejudice may be a factor.

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That it means that I have been abused, or am ‘broken’. I will admit, I was sexually assaulted/someone attempted to assault me, but that only was part of me becoming asexual. I already had my view of: “hm, why do people feel that way? Or why do people think he is ‘sexy’? I never get turned on or anything. Weird.”

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

You don’t need to give yourself a label. If you can’t find a label which suits you, that’s okay! If you are happy being you, then be happy. Do whatever it takes to be okay with yourself.

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

I post some writing things on Wattpad, under the username Snippy7. For music, my soundcloud has only one so far, with more to come! The name is Juliet Kovacs for that. I will occasionally post stuff on my various Tumblr accounts, which are:  (at) ace-and-proud (an ace positivity and discourse fighting blog), and (at) multiversegalaxygirl (my personal).

Thank y’all for interviewing me! I hope everyone has a wonderful day 🙂

Thank you, Juliet, for taking the time to participate in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.