Meet the Creator: Abby Paul

The next creator I’m interviewing is Abby Paul, a writer I’m being published alongside in the first Supernatural Beings anthology, From Ashes to Magic.

Where are you from or where do you live?

I currently reside in a small town in Northern Vermont, and adore the fact it gets cold and snowy!

Where do you get your ideas from?

I gather inspiration from the everyday. Stories have been inspired by signs, grave stones, abandoned houses, endless cornfields, and so much more.

What are some of your non-writing related hobbies?

I love any hobby that revolves around food. I love to garden and am converting our landscaping to edible focused. I love canning, cooking, baking, and dehydrating.

On average, how long does it take you to get started writing a piece? Do you outline or just go for it?

I am a complete pantser. My ideas rarely start at the beginning or with a full story line, so I write what I can and build from there. Sometimes on the third edit I will build an outline to help with summaries and flow.

What’s one thing that you love about the writing process?

Meeting my characters. I love when characters slowly introduce themselves to you and you learn more about them as the story goes on. I wish there was a way to give every character a backstory. 

Do you have anything published?

I don’t have anything currently published in the writing field, but come December, I am excited to be a part of the Supernatural Beings Anthology Volume 1 alongside so many great writers. 

Do your preferred reading and writing genres differ? If so, how?

I love reading almost every genre out there, with very few exceptions. I tend to write in only three genres, but perhaps that will expand one day. 

What’s your favorite part of writing? Least favorite?

My husband got me a mechanical keyboard, and I love listening to the way it sounds when I type. I imagine it is the closest you can get to that typewriter sound, while still being on a computer. My least favorite part of writing depends on the story. For some WIPs it is the ending, for others the beginning. Sometimes it is looking at the story and deleting half of it, because it didn’t shape up the way it should have.

What’s some writing advice you wish someone had given you?

Don’t be afraid to start over. First drafts are supposed to be terrible. Sometimes you can edit them until they shine, and sometimes you have to take your characters and start over more confident with how the story will go.

What are you working on now?

Now that my story for the Supernatural Being anthology is done, I am returning to work on a rural fantasy novel.

Off the top of your head, what is your favorite book?

Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It has been my favorite since the seventh grade and it is actually the oldest book I own.

Do you have a writer, living or dead, whose work is greatly influential to yours?

I feel like my writing was heavily influenced by Edgar Allen Poe and William Faulkner, though I don’t know if that shows at all!

Where and when do you usually get your writing done?

I always have a notebook on me to keep notes and write as things pop in my head, but most of my writing happens at home on my computer. Once I put on my headphones, I am completely in the writing zone. 

Do you have one thing that you can’t write without?

Music! I have a playlist for every project. For my short story featured in the Supernatural Beings anthology, my playlist includes songs by a variety of artists, including Johnny Cash and Ingrid Michaelson.

Abby Paul has been in love with the written word her entire life, thanks to parents who could never say no to books and a family who always read together. Her stories are inspired by the places she has lived and the characters conjured up by her imagination. She currently lives in Vermont with her supportive husband and dog, Louis. When she isn’t writing, you can find her either weeding in the garden, baking in the kitchen, or fixing something around the house.

You can also follow her on twitter for updates @APaulWrites.

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