Raythe says …
This is the final entry in this series. You guys asked some many cool and unexpected questions! This one is more about my writing process.
QUESTION: What was the most enjoyable story to write and why?
ANSWER: Each one has its pleasures. I really only write now-a-days what I WANT to write so they all are fun. I love writing as Alric, my romantic Elven King with angst! Ciaran lets me feel like a bad-ass hero! Nate makes me feel like a dark god … Every character has let me experience another life and that is just precious to me.
QUESTION: Were there ever any elements or plot points you discarded, and how did you decide that?
ANSWER: Truthfully, its the ones I’ve ADDED that can be the issue. Ghost: Hong Kong Triad is an example of where the story I intended to write was circumvented by the story that wanted to be told. I realized that the love triangle wasn’t the actual couple that belonged together and I wished I could have scrapped the whole thing and started over. But I couldn’t because that would have destroyed the whole set up. But I still wonder about it.
QUESTIONS: How do you choose what your next story is going to be about? Are there any story ideas that you’ve never gone forward with?
ANSWER: I oftentimes ask the Members what kind of story they would like but within certain parameters. Like I’ve said before all my stories need to have magic and immortals. I am really into vampires, elves, shifters, witches, demons, etc. though open to others. And we narrow down from there.
There are a bunch of story ideas that I haven’t gone forward with YET. There’s a cool rent-boy one in the Ghost universe that is teasing me as we haven’t yet seen what it’s like for someone in the one of the government’s Survivor detainment centers.
There’s one involving an Arabian Nights feel in an alternate world ruled by kings of the desert with slavery and magic.
There’s one involving an assassin that decides not to kill his mark but to protect him.
There’s one involving a hacker who is looking for his brother.
And much, much more.
QUESTION: How were you able to write multiple stories across one universe, like Winter Haven or Abyss, that intertwined or affected one another?
ANSWER: My left brain is responsible! Basically, in the back of my head things just mix around and suddenly appear before me in bright, neon letters: Alric and Stephanus must be friends! How would that work? How would the fact that Alric is an Elven King and Stephanus an Alpha Incubus cause problems? And that just sets my imagination afire.
QUESTION: You update either stories or manga daily, which is amazing. With such a strict schedule, how do you deal with things like writers’ block or personal issues that might make you not want to write for a while?
ANSWER: Writing is really my respite. So when things are difficult writing actually HELPS me. There have been times, of course, when I’m just scrapped clean and need a little rest, but honestly, I rarely give into that, because Members are looking forward to the chapters. Maybe a Member has had a bad day and my chapter is what they are looking forward to. I don’t want to let them down.
QUESTION: How did you decide to include taboo topics like incest and rape?
ANSWER: In the beginning, I did so rather naively. The Fell (or The Erl King that started the site) was/is my obsession. I couldn’t NOT include it, but really it was an insane thing to do and I can’t believe it all worked. Now, I see it as something that actually can sell the site as a piece of sex positivity.
QUESTION: How much research into lore is included in your writing process?
ANSWER: It depends! For things like the Yakuza, Triads, etc. I did quite a bit of research. But I try to stick with a lot of what I know so it feels authentic.
QUESTION: I was wondering if you had any advice for aspiring writers.
ANSWER: Now with self-publishing there is no such thing as an “aspiring” writer. You either are or you aren’t. What does that mean? You are a writer if you actually write and FINISH your story. That first one might (probably will) suck, but that’s fine! Writing is a muscle that gets stronger the more you do.
QUESTION: How do you keep up with stories that you start to lose interest in?
ANSWER: Members. Simply put, I’ve made a promise to the Members that the story will be finished and will be as good as I can make it.
Thank you guys for all you incredible questions! Seriously, so fun answering them and if you have any more, please put them in the comments! Oh, and don’t worry, we’ll do this again!