Author Interviews: Archive
It's here at last! The interview with 'Morium Trilogy' author S J Hermann! Enjoy and feel free to comment on the blog!
S J Hermann, author of the YA Supernatural Trilogy ‘Morium,’ has kindly agreed to be interviewed for So Lost in Words. Given that our respective genres overlap somewhat, in that we both write about the supernatural, I had some questions for him, the answers to which I hope will be of interest to the reader as much as they are to me.
1. One of the main themes of ‘Morium’ is bullying. Many of us have experienced bullying at some time in our lives – I know I have, as both a child and an adult. Have you drawn from your own experience to inform your writing?
Thank you for having me on your blog, Sue. It's an honor to be here.
I did draw from some of my own experiences during my early years of high school. One incident in particular that the male character Nathan suffered through, was a personal experience during my freshman year. The rest of the bullying occasions were taken from stories that I'd heard.
Living through the bullying helped me make the emotional torment in the story more real. Lexi called high school an "emotional torture chamber," and that quote summed up how I felt at the time.
2. Why write in the Young Adult genre? What about that genre attracts/challenges you?
The Morium Trilogy is borderline Young Adult. I wanted to tell a story that not only appeals to young readers, but to adults as well. The challenge lies on language and behavior. Eighteen year olds speak and act differently than, say, someone in their thirties. It's a balancing act not to have them speak in a mature voice, but more freely in a way.
3. There is a supernatural element to ‘Morium.’ What made you want to incorporate this element into the story?
There were two things I took into consideration as I started putting the series together. The first was that I didn't want to turn it into a superhero trilogy. I wanted to blur the lines between what's right and what's wrong. The second is that I wanted to bring attention to bullying but not make it preaching so I tossed in the supernatural aspect to draw readers in.
4. Who would you consider to have had the greatest influence on your writing style, if anyone?
I've always been a Stephen King fan. The way he writes pulls you into the story.
5. Which of your characters is your favourite, and why?
Tough question. It's like asking which of your kids is your favorite. You simply can't answer it. You love them all and that is where I am with the three main characters. Each one of them have a little bit of me in them.
6. Which of your characters is your least favourite, and why?
Of course the obvious answer would be the bullies themselves. But that's not really the case. They have their own personal issues and the only way they know how to deal with them is to lash out on others. Making them feel superior.
7. As the author, you must yourself have gone through a range of emotions whilst writing the trilogy. Were some aspects of it harder/easier to write than others?
I would say that Lexi's self harm and Nathan's frustration of feeling weak and alone were some of the hardest to write. But the part that brought out the most emotions was when I wrote the last chapter of the final book. I knew that these teenagers I've watched grow before my eyes the past few years were moving on.
For the easiest, I would have to say anything related to Stacy. Her parts were a blast to write because of her free spirit. In the second book, Dark Horizons, Kyle is introduced and him experiencing true love for the first time was a joy to write.
8. You are also an accomplished artist. When you were the developing the story and characters, could you visualise them clearly in your head? Does this make writing about them, the way they look or speak for example, easier or harder?
Oh, definitely easier. I visualize every scene, what they're wearing. Their facial expressions. I go as far going acting a scene out (only if I'm alone, lol)
9. The tagline reads “If you had the power to avenge yourself, would you?” So naturally, I have to ask you the same question! Would you, if you could?
I did a poll on Twitter last year asking the same question and the results were pretty much 50/50.
Personally, that's the million dollar question. Ask me 30+ years ago, I probably would have said yes. Ask me now, the answer is no.
10. I don’t want to include spoilers here, but just for fun, if you could have any one supernatural ability – only one, mind you – what would you choose? Why?
So many to choose from. I would have to say, flight. Levitation. The freedom to fly in the clouds. To go anywhere.
11. When it comes to reading for pleasure, who are your personal favourite authors? Which of their books would you recommend?
I mostly read indie authors, and with so many great ones out there, it's impossible to pick just one.
12. You have an upcoming film deal for ‘Morium. Congratulations, I wish you the best of luck with that. So, what’s next? Any plans for future books or is ‘Morium’ the focus for now?
The final book of The Morium Trilogy, Terminus, is complete and going into editing. I am currently working on a stand alone book titled, Perfect, which I'm hoping to have out before the end of the year.
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