Author Interview: Fantasy & SciFi Author E. J. Wenstrom

A big HELLO to our readers! Next up in our New Authors in November series is Fantasy and SciFi Author E. J. Wenstrom! When she’s not writing fiction, E. J. drinks coffee, goes running, and has long conversations with her dog. Find out more about this awesome new author below and don't forget to enter our giveaways.

1. Tell our readers a little about yourself and your work. 
I’m a born and raised D.C. girl, but currently I’m living in Florida with my husband and our miniature pinscher Pippi. (No free museums, but beach! So overall I consider it a wash.)

In my real life, I have a background in marketing and public relations, and offer freelance and consulting services with an emphasis on content strategy. I also founded genre short story website wordhaus.com, am a regular contributor to The Write Life and DIYMFA, and offer an online platforming coaching program for authors.

In my free time, I spend most of my time consumed by story, but I’m not pick at all how I get it—books, TV, movies, comics, just give them to me. I especially love anything that’s heavily styled, campy, or has a quirky bent to it. My only real hobby that isn’t writing or reading related is running—I’m about to run my first half-marathon at the beginning of November!

MUD is my first novel, and I am so excited to get it in the hands of readers. It’s an epic fantasy that follows a desperate golem as he makes an ill-advised deal with an angel to bring back his long lost love from the Underworld … and then, of course, everything quickly begins to go wrong, and the golem finds himself caught in the throes of an ages-old war between the realms.

I’ve always loved monsters and mythology, and, in particular, antiheroes. Because this story brings these things together, it was just so much fun to write.

2. What genres do you write or want to write in the future? 
I write fantasy and science fiction. That said, I’ll likely spend my writing career jumping around significantly between subgenres (which I’m sure agents and publishers are going to really love). Urban fantasy? YA dystopian sci-fi? Epic fantasy? These are all genres I have stories for developing in my mind right now.

3. What attracted you to the City Owl Press? 
City Owl felt like a tight-knit, talented and ambitious group from the first time I talked to my now-editor. I love this team’s drive and focus. I also feel like I’m getting much more support and attention than I would from a big publisher, but with invaluable experience and insights I wouldn’t have if I had tried to self-pub and go it alone.

4. What has your experience been like working with City Owl Press? 
Everyone at City Owl has been helpful, thoughtful, and positive from the very start. Not to mention the experience and attentiveness they’ve welcomed me in with. It’s a fantastic group!

5. Where do you see yourself in 5, 10 years? 
I hope to have at least one or two more books in the MUD series out five years from now, along with one or two other novels (see aforementioned list of story concepts developing in my head). If I’m really lucky, maybe I’ll be supporting myself full-time on my creative writing by then.

6. Tell our readers why they should pick up your book.
If you like to let your imagination go off the deep end, you’ll likely enjoy MUD. It’s a dark spin on the epic quest, with a protagonist who just seems hopeless in a lot of ways—with some fun Judeo-Christian and Greek mythology folded in. But at its core, I think MUD is actually very souful.

The main protagonist, the golem, is desperately lonely. He wants to do what’s right, but often feels that doing what it takes to make that right choice is impossible, or too far away for him to reach. I think this is something most of us can relate to and feel at some point in our lives.

Thanks so much to E. J. Wenstrom for giving us an inside look at MUD! Be sure to add it to your list, coming this spring! Find more from E. J. across the internet and be sure to fill out our giveaway below.


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