A.G. Henley stopped by Wicked Ink Books HQ for a chat!
We asked her a few fun questions about writing and life and she was kind enough to share her insights. A.G.’s story in TICK TOCK: Seven Tales of Time is called: Untimely, in which a young woman must protect the past to thwart a thief from the future.
What do you never leave home without, and why?
Clothes, because going out naked in Colorado is often too cold.
What is your fav secret indulgence?
Umm, it’s a secret, so I can’t say.
What is your favorite way to celebrate finishing a novel?
My husband arranged a small surprise party for me when my most recent book, THE FIRE SISTERS, released. I walked in the door, nagging my children to hang up their school backpacks, and our neighbors kind of waved sheepishly from the kitchen. They’d run out of places to hide. That was fun.
What got you started with writing? What drives you to keep writing?
I always wanted to write a novel someday, only someday kept getting put off. Finally, I decided that if I didn’t make today someday, then someday would never come. I keep writing because tomorrow can’t go back to being someday. I would cry with confusion.
Are you more of a half-full or half-empty kind of person? How does that influence developing your characters—plots—endings?
Half-full. Writing from the POV of a pessimist would be hard for me. That said, my half-full characters sometimes aren’t aware that they are. I like putting them in situations where they realize they have the strength and character to survive whatever challenges they have and grow into the people they want to be. For example, Fennel, the main character of my BRILLIANT DARKNESS series, is blind. At the beginning of the series she’s strong but insecure. By the end, she’s a leader. I love writing YA, because I believe that every young adult, no matter what his or her background or current situation, has a reason to hope. (Psst, adults too!)
Do you ever see yourself switching genres?
Sure, if an idea I’m passionate about comes along. But not genders—I’m comfortable being female.
What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?
Be persistent. That’s actually the best life advice I’ve been given. No matter what your dream, keep after it and never give up.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In 10 years?
I see myself about five or ten years older and on planet Earth. I hope I’ll still be writing, and I hope people will still be reading. That would be awesome.
Thanks for reading! You can learn more about A.G. Henley and connect with her online here.