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Author Interview: Arwen Wen

Author, Arwen Wen

Short Story: Silent Are These Scars

Apologue of the Immortals

Tell us a little about your background and what led you to writing.

As a kid, I fell in love with storytelling in all medias, from writing and reading stories to creating and listening to music.

How or when did you realize you wanted to be an author?

Somewhere along the way, when I was in elementary school, I just started saying that I would someday be an author, especially when asked something like, "Do you plan on writing or whatever?"—a reaction often accompanying viewers of my writing.

What is your writing process like?

Messy. Very messy. I can either write an entire story in a matter of hours, or it'll drag out through days. It's less of a process and more of, "Waiting for my brain to tell me I can proceed."

What inspires you to write?

Usually, my ideas come to me from the most mundane thoughts, or from very weird situations. I tend to "draft" a lot while I'm swimming.

What part does writing play in your life?

Writing just comes to me naturally, like eating, drinking, breathing. So, a pretty big part.

What are your aspirations for your writing journey?

I definitely want to keep putting stories out there. To quantify that, though, is difficult.

What is something you know now about writing you wish you knew when you started?

I'm still trying to figure that out.

Describe your favorite character (you created). Why?

Probably the Muse in "Scars", for Apologue. Muse as a concept is extremely speculative, and I honestly can't believe I came up with it.

Which author(s) inspires you as a writer?

Rick Riordan, for sure, as well as Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, and Marissa Meyer.

What advice would you give newly aspiring authors?

As someone who was very recently one, just, you never know what's going to happen.

What works can your readers expect to see in the near future?

Maybe not the NEAR future, but do expect something from me.

How can your readers find more about you and your works?

Social media, definitely. Anything and everything I do will probably be there.

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