From One Writer to Another: Author Discussion with Victoria E. Schwab

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Author Discussion, Barnes and Noble, Victoria E. Schwab
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Victoria E. Schwab is an author of epic, mystical, monstrous proportions. With a re-release of ‘The Near Witch”, her first published novel, she shares her world with us…

With over four New York Times#1 bestsellers, Schwab has an imagination that brings a blank page to life. While her career is only beginning, it has come to its first full circle with the re-release of her first published novel The Near Witch.

A world away from worlds is an ample way to describe books. They transport you to a place that can only be reached with imagery that is distinct to the reader. When entering the genre of science fiction (Sci-Fi) that world becomes more.

From monsters to magicians, many London’s and near-death acquired superpowers, the worlds created by V.E. Schwab are vast and full of adventure.

Schwab is now on a book tour that made a stop in New York City. From the Barnes and Noble located in Union Square comes an awesome opportunity for her fans. We were given the opportunity to enter the world of V.E. Schwab.

Author Discussion, Barnes and Noble, Victoria E. Schwab
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The best discussions are discussions had between friends. Fellow successful sci-fi author, one of many accolades, Jon Scalzi held the discussion and allowed for a wonderful circulated conversation. A conversation that flowed eloquently; similar to the pages of an engaging novel, the discussion between two authors—two friends—was riveting, emotional, and informative.

Everyone brought anywhere from two to four books, a whole series that were written by one of the authors, not expecting a whole new story to unravel before their eyes.

As a fellow writer, I find that I, and others, idolize authors that inspire us. We see them as steps beyond us, untouchable in their talents to take the written word and transform it. However, this discussion reminds us that they are people too, and they are exactly like us. Schwab reminisced about her first novels, Schwab describing hers as a “pretty plotless plot,” which had to do with her study of poetry. I wondered if the plot was forgotten because the story read with a beautiful, rhythmic intensity distinctive to poetry. This is her process and it’s a process that many can relate to, which made Schwab come to our level but still hold a special place in our inspirations.

A process has general rules that most writers follow, however a process eventually becomes unique to the writer.

A book is a world away from worlds, so when we make the decision to write one, we are deciding to create a world of our own. One that we want to be inhabited by an audience. It is a process, a journey to get from one end of the book to another, I often wonder, is the journey or the end the most important part of the process and where do I start? Should I write the story as a puzzle? Piece together a chapter sentence by a sentence like V.E. Schwab does, or should I work in order from beginning to end? What works for me?

The discussion held wonderful insights into the life of a woman that started out like any other person in this business. To quote Schwab, the writing business is “a fickle business,” and “we are all freelancers,” so many times our emotions and self-critiques can get the better of us. However, we are all capable of writing stories that reach the skies and us capable of doing so. All we have to do is start.