Author has written 24 stories for Fullmetal Alchemist, Lord of the Rings, Teen Wolf, and Kuroshitsuji.
UPDATE: Previous username was x-Miyako-x. It was an old nickname, and I'm sorry to say that I was getting tired of seeing it. I've changed my penname to now match my account on AO3 in order to avoid confusion.
Here's a direct link for those of you who are curious: AndiiErestor.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
I’m 22 years old, and I live what I’d like to call an artistic life. I have all sorts of hobbies – in fact I have so many interests that I find it hard to dedicate a set amount of time to any of them – though mainly I enjoy reading and drawing.
What were you like in school? Were you good in English?
I’ve always had a facination for words and refuse to back down from a challenge. In fact, I have actively seeked it out since a very young age – especially in academic settings (eg. if I would notice a teacher giving someone else extra classwork or homework, I would ask if it would be a bother that I do it as well).
My favourite subjects in school were maths and arts. Despite that, I’ve always had really good grades, and while I preferred English, my best grades were always in French class – possibly because their system of grading is not very severe.
What are your ambitions for writing?
I would very much like to write a book one day. I’m still working up to it at the moment though. I’ve got so many things on my mind that I want to put into it, but most of it is still very undeveloped.
How much research do you do?
Depending on the story and the topic, I can do no research or spend longer researching than actually writing the story. If it’s something that takes place within a certain time-frame or involves techniques or traditions that I’m unfamiliar with or uncertain about, I will definitely spend a lot of time doing research.
How/With what do you write? (Typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand).
I usually write longhand before typing everything and saving it on the computer. I’ve written directly on the computer a few times (eg. when I used to write with partners), but I always prefer to write by hand. It just feels better and I feel like the wrods just come out better on paper – I also make lots of annotations, wheras it is far too complicated and impractical to do that on the computer.
Any tips for writer’s block?
I tend to just go with the flow most of the time. I find that it helps me not to force it. Some people believe that you have to write every day, but for myself that’s more like trying to force yourself to fall asleep: the more you think about it, the less likely it is to happen. However, after returning to one of my many other hobbies for a while, I find that the mere thought of my writing habits and some of the stories I’ve written and meant to write is enough to get me excited and read to write again.
Any writing rituals?
I actually don’t have any writing rituals, just a ton of bad habits. The urge to write doesn’t strike me as frequently as it does others, but when it does it’s usually all-encompassing. I’ll just write for hours at a time until I can’t feel my hand and my fingers are covered in calouses. I may forget to eat for extended periods of time. I’ll shut myself away and snap at anyone who tries to distract me.
Overall, not that pretty, but I suppose it’s my fault for not putting a sign on the door.
If you could be the original author of any book, who would you be and why?
That would definitely have to be JRR Tolkien (author of Lord of the Rings and others). There’s just so much to read and while I loveevery minute of it, I know that there’s so much more he knew and was thinking about that was never put out there. I could do with just meeting him and speaking with him but I don’t think a few hours would be long enough for that.
Do you do your own proof-reading, or do you have a beta/editor do it for you?
I absolutely do my own proof-reading. And it gets done several times as well. I edit as I’m writing the first time around (longhand). I edit when I am typing it up on the computer. If it’s not something I post right away, I will open it up and edit it again before posting it. And eventually, after it’s been posted, I will sometimes-manytimes go back to it and edit it again – especially if it’s something that is getting a lot of attention. Then I really just want it to be in its best form for the readers.
Do you outline or just write?
I will usually have some basic idea before I start writing. I’ll have a page or two of mish-mashed words and plans and phrases that have inspired me for the chapter or the story as a whole. Usually most of the “outline” will be stuff that I’ve had to research. Sometimes – especially for my works with multiple chapters – I’ll have a page filled with little inspiorations which I’ll tie to each individual chapter.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
I love reviews! Even if it’s only five words. Even if it’s barely legible. A review, to me, means someone thought enough of the work to reach out to me about it. A review means that I touched someone with the work in one way or another.
I also really appreciate constructive criticism, and if I’m ever upset by it, it’s usually because I’m totally exhausted or because I’ve spent a lot of time working on something and then what comes up will be the mistakes. I’m not great at being told I failed at something even something small – but then I think that’s pretty much the case with anyone. That said, I really don’t like when people will read something that’s clearly labeled and then complain about it in the comments or when someone is just hateful about the work in general. There’s no point in actively seeking out something you don’t like only to make yourself uncomfortable as well at the person who wrote it and those who are reading it.
What do you think about trailers for books? Do you have or intend to create one?
I love trailers for books. I remember the first time I saw a trailer for a book (though I don’t remember what book it was – oops!), I was so excited. It resembled so closely to something I desperately wanted to read. I remember thinking something like “I hope there’s a book about this I can read until it comes out” or “This has to be based on a book.” I was so excited to see a trailer for a book and I think it’s such an interesting idea, but I do have a few little reservations about it. I feel like making a trailer for the book that involve using certain actors as the face of certain characters takes away from the reader’s experience afterward as they won’t have the chance to imagine the character for themselves. Also, I feel like it can be a bit misleading. You might have a bunch of people think it’s a movie who will lose interest and not finish watching the trailer because their interest in movies differs from what they like to read.
That said, I would actually really like to make a trailer for my book – if I ever get it out. If for no other reason than to satisfy my need to see it on a screen. I have some very specific imagery that I see when I think about it all, and while I’m not sure yet if that’s something I would share with my readers before the book ever comes out, it’s definitely something I would do for myself.
Characterization or plot?
I like to build my characters to a certain point, and then let the plot interact with them and change them if need be. I will more frequently than not end up with document after document of character development sheets trying to flesh one out, but in the end it’s all about the plot. I feel like anyone has the potential of doing anything under the right circumstances, and the best way of showing that is by almost letting them make their own decisions. There are fixed points, of course, certain things that need to happen no matter what, but the little things are constantly in flux and while I might initially picture one thing, something completely different – better – might end up happening instead.
This is a really tough one. I’d like to say “I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night,” but I’ll look up the rest of the work and just fall in love with the entire thing and be unable to pick a single line from it. I could say “not all those who wander are lost,” but I feel like that’s a bit cliché and I’m not really much of a wanderer, and it does not do justice to sum up all of Tolkien’s works with a single phrase.
I don’t know that I have a favourite quote, but I especially like inspirational quotes – usually to do with overcoming obstacles, about taking your time, growing, learning, etc.
Advice to your younger self?
Let go of all the anger. It may help you power through certain things, but it won’t do you any good to keep it all in. You need to forgive them and forgive yourself and grow. You have so much potential and goodness and kindness and compassion and you need to let that be the focus of your life, not only toward others but also toward yourself. Don’t let others walk all over you, and let others help you up when you fall. You don’t have to be alone.