elodie-westElodie West

Hugh Howey Fan Fiction Winner

I'm from Turlock, California in the U.S., although I spent most of my formative years in Bremerton, Washington. I've lived in the Turlock area for over ten years now and am currently 23 years old. I've been writing since I was thirteen. I was helplessly addicted to any and all fantasy stories in the local libraries. Strangely, I started my first fantasy story at a Fourth of July party I was dragged to. Ten years later, and I'm still writing the same story-- but it was the evolution of that world that's kept me going for so long.

 I first heard about it on Booktrack, actually, after I submitted my Automata excerpt for the short story competition. Surprised at winning the short story contest, I decided to try my hand at Hugh Howey's. I'd heard Howey's name countless times, being someone who tries to keep on top of self-publishing and marketing news. The fact that I might be able to some day get advice from an author I'd quietly regarded as the father of the new self-publishing boom pushed me through to the end of World Eater, even though I admittedly had my doubts about finishing.

When I brainstorm writing, it's always to music, and always as though it were a film or poignant cutscene or somesuch. Having the ability to soundtrack a scene is something I'd never really considered, but has turned out to be a tool I didn't know I needed.

I'll always write. It'll sound trite no matter how I say it, but it's such an integral part of me, even if I hardly talk about it. I think about it when I'm driving or walking or perhaps even when I should be listening during a conversation. I'm actually working on my aforementioned fantasy series of ten years. The first book in the series, Automata, is almost finished, and I'll be excited to be done with it. Automata is set in a broken world called Dimarchai and features an ensemble of characters who either succeed or fail miserably at keeping it all together. It's going to be a long series, and I've no doubt I'll love every minute of it.

I love having an outlet like this to share my work with others. It seems to reach a lot of eyes on this site, too, which is amazing considering what little self-marketing I do when I publish here. It's a pleasure posting, and a pleasure being a part of this community. A part of me only wishes there were a forum to better get to know the other writers on the site. I wish writers had a better hub page.

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