Kyell Gold is arguably one of the most successful names in the furry writing community, and he is always happy to share his knowledge with the community. At Oxfurred Comma, he discussed the importance of a supportive writing group. Today, he answered some more general questions about furry writing.
Tell us a little bit about your most recent project (written or published). Was there a particular inspiration for it?
I recently finished a first draft of my fantasy novel The Price of Thorns, which has been kicking around in my head in one form or another for probably a decade. I can’t think of a particular inspiration for that first idea, but when I started seriously writing it last year, one of the things I added was my love of fairy tales and folk tales. This world is one where magic exists, but fairy tales and folk tales still serve the same purpose, of teaching people lessons about the world. The tales in this world just might happen to be a little more true than they are in ours.
What is your favourite thing about the furry fandom? Why write furry fiction?
Those are two separate questions, really. My favorite thing about the furry fandom is the community and all the people in it, who are 99% fantastic and fun to know. I’ve met my partners and many of my best friends through the fandom and I love being part of it. So I guess I write furry fiction partly to give back to that community, but really I write furry fiction because I love to think about anthro critters. That’s all.
What is your writing process like? Do you outline and plot, or are you a “pantser”?
I have drifted toward outlining and plot since I started writing novels and now do that for most of my projects, though there are occasional “pantsing” projects. Even for those, though, I usually have an idea of where I want the story to go.
What do you consider your biggest strength as a writer?
My work ethic.
What is your favourite kind of story to write? Does it align well with what you like to read?
I don’t know if I have a favorite! I love fantasy, I love contemporary stories, I love historical fiction. The Dangerous Spirits series blended all those with supernatural stories, which I also love, so maybe those are my favorite. I like strongly character-focused stories in general, and those are also what I like to read, although I also like non-fiction and mysteries (which tend to be less character-focused). My favorite stories from childhood are all fantasy and maybe that’s where my heart is, but as long as I can relate to the characters, I can lose myself in a story.
Which character of yours do you most identify with, and why?
They’re all part of me in one way or another.
Which authors or specific books have most influenced your work?
Stephen King for sure. Madeleine L’Engle. Susan Cooper’s Dark is Rising series. Kazuo Ishiguro, specifically The Remains of the Day, A Pale View of Hills, and Never Let Me Go. David Mitchell’s work is all influential.
What is the last book you read that you really love?
David Mitchell’s Utopia Avenue.
Besides writing, how do you like to spend your free time?
Doing more writing. Failing that, I hang out with my family, read, watch movies/shows, and sometimes do database work for fun.
Do you have any advice to give other writers?
Make sure that you are making a story that you are happy with, and if you are happy with it, don’t worry about what anyone else thinks. (But do be receptive to constructive criticism, and always be learning.)
Is there anything you would like to see more of within furry fiction?
If there is, I usually tend to go ahead and write it.
Where can readers find your work?
Most of it is on sale through Furplanet.com and Sofawolf.com (print), and BadDogBooks.com (e-book). I have a website (kyellgold.com) and a Substack newsletter (kyellgold.substack.com) where people can read about books I have out and books coming up.
Tomorrow we speak to another one of our fantastic writers. We hope you’ll come back then!