Chatting it up with Author A.S. Crowder

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Author Name* A.S. Crowder

Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now? Do you have any pets?

          I grew up in Alabama and went to college in Mississippi. I worked at a radio station for a while and then a TV station. I ended up back in Alabama teaching sociology at local colleges/universities. I’ve always been surrounded by stories—books, TV, movies, plays—and I’ve always been curious as to the forces that might shape people’s lives. I guess, bearing all that in mind, it’s not super surprising that I ended up writing. I’ve got two cats, Rascal and Stormageddon. They don’t like the writing so much, but they’re big fans of the laptop, so I guess that works out.

At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?

         It’s less a fascination with books than it is a fascination with stories, but I started reading everything I could get my hands on as soon as I could. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to tell stories, but I wasn’t sure how I wanted to do it. I tried acting for a while, and even though I enjoyed it, I wanted to be able to come up with stories of my own. I started playing around with writing when I was thirteen. I started a couple of projects, but none ever really got off  the ground. I made my first real attempt to write a novel when I was seventeen.  I’ve been trying to get stories from my head to paper ever since.

Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read? Who inspires you in your writings?

         As far as genres go, I like a mix. Lately I’ve been reading a lot of thrillers—I love the fast-paced action, especially if it’s coupled with great character moments. I love to read books that surprise me. I really enjoy stuff by Christopher Moore. I’m also a member of the Harry Potter generation, so I’m a fan of JK Rowling. As far as inspiration goes, for me it’s more about the circumstances under which authors write than it is about the actual content. So people like JK Rowling, who wrote through poverty and personal struggles, and SE Hinton, who wrote one of my favorite books (The Outsiders) when she was a teenager.

Tell us a little about your latest book?

         Evin is my first novel. I wrote the first draft during NaNoWriMo in 2012, though I  had drafted a long prologue to it about a year before. After I got the first draft done, I let it sit on my computer until I moved back to Alabama. A fellow writer friend convinced me to take it back out and polish it. I did, and here we are!
Evin follows named Eva as she discovers that she’s being targeted by beings made of shadow—beings that have been sent to stop her from saving the Forest of Evin. The forest is the glue that holds the various human worlds together, but something or someone has been trying to tear it apart. Eva has to find the other two people who share her destiny and stop whatever is trying to destroy the forest.
         The story is about  teamwork and knowing your value, even if you don’t think you’re equipped to deal with the challenges you’re facing. Eva’s not the hero type, but she figures out how to get done what she needs to get done.

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Thank you A.S. Crowder for your time. Good luck to you with your writing.  

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