Member Spotlight: Heath Pfaff

1. Tell us about your most recent project (written or published). What inspired it?

Crown coverMy current project is a three part fantasy series called Chaos Awakens.  Book one, Servant of Steel, and book two, Crown of Steel, have already been published and I’m hacking away at the third book currently (SOMETHING of Steel).  My goal is to have it published by the end of the year.

This series was inspired by my love of dark anti-heroes and epic conflicts.  I really wanted to create a world that was gripped in the late stages of its own demise, and to tell the story of the people who became heroes not out of choice, but out of necessity.

2. What’s your writing process like? Are you a “pantser,” an outliner, or something in between?

I’m the sort of writer who likes to dive right into a project.  I’ve tried outlining in the past, but I find that the process of outlining causes me to fall into formulaic story arcs.  It’s far too easy to become systematic when you’re basically making a list of key elements of your plot.  Instead, I build the story up in my mind, take notes on key points I want to include, and then start writing from the beginning. While I’m working I’ll reference my notes here and there, change them, rework plot details, and often scrap large portions of my original plans.  Everything in service to the story.

When you’re reading one of my books you should never be bored.  If I re-read something and it’s dull, I throw it out.  It’s actually a chaotic process.  I wouldn’t recommend it at all.

3. What’s your favorite kind of story to write?

I’m a huge fan of fantasy, but I really like to throw in elements of horror.  I like to be scared, and I like to scare other people.  It’s intoxicating.

4. Which character from your work do you most identify with, and why?

This is a difficult question.  I’m always tempted to pick the current lead from my long-term project because, at any given moment, that is the one character I need to identify with the most.  For my current series I’ve spent a lot of time in the head of my lead character, Xandrith.  We share a degree of dark humor and bitterness, but he also differs from me in a lot of ways.  The lead from my previous trilogy, The Hungering Saga, was probably closer to my actual personality.  He could be a real bastard at times.   He tended to let his emotions lead his actions, and I have to admit I do that more than I should.  I guess I identify with him, Lowin, the most.

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