Meet Mythrill exclusive story author Daisy Birch— the author of The Sphere of Kolzreid.
Tell us about your writing? What is your process?
I'm not a spontaneous writer, I really need to have my episodes planned out. That way when I write, I can actually focus on making the scene dynamic and fun rather than worrying about where the story will go. Although I must say I am a terrible procrastinator. I guess there is always an element of vulnerability involved in any kind of writing because you basically put a piece of yourself out there for people to read and that idea alone can be both exciting and daunting.
Who would you say are your influences in writing?
My most essential influence in fantasy is definitely Pat Rothfuss whose Kingkiller Chronicle is my personal bible. The way he utilizes language in dialogue and description is absolutely flawless. Other than that, I really admire the works of Neil Gaiman and Brandon Sanderson.
Did you have previous experience with Serialized Fiction before you partnered up with Mythrill or did you have to adapt to the format?
Adapting to the format wasn't as hard as one might imagine since writing can take many forms. But as a first experience with serialized fiction, this has been a fun ride, for certain. You can listen to as many writers as you want, dig up as much advice as you can, but it's the actual writing that will truly teach you something, and this journey has been one of learning quite a lot for me.
What has been the experience like seeing your characters come alive in Lore Cards?
It would be a cliché to say it's like magic, but that's exactly what it is. It's amazing to see all these talented digital artists put their all into a fictional character and bring their own perspective to it as well. As someone who enjoys reading immensely, I actually like being able to imagine characters in my own head according to the information the writer gives me, in other words the freedom to use one's own imagination while reading is also an exciting alternative. But I think Mythrill's Lore Cards only add to the intrigue and in-depth world-building of each story.
You got 2 sentences to hook a reader into your story. Go!
With the Sphere of Kolzreid came the Great Divide. It was then that all gods were forgotten, people were massacred and enslaved, and music, the only thing that could bring humanity the tiniest bit of consolation, was taken away for centuries.
Finally, tell us why you partnered up with Mythrill? What made you go for it?
For the past several years I've been thinking of myself as a "writer" but my writing has been much more academic, research-based, and non-fictional, lol. And when the opportunity to write fantasy came along, I knew I had to do it. This is perhaps the most exciting, fun and at the same time responsible thing I've done because as a writer you have the chance to challenge stereotypes, share something you find really important, and maybe even inspire someone to action which is in and of itself amazing.
You can read The Sphere of Kolzreid exclusively on Mythrill by downloading the app.