Mythrill Author Spotlight is introducing you our original story author William Aime — the author of Skywolf.
Tell us about your writing? What is your process?
Something involving 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.
Who would you say are your influences in writing?
Authorwise, I try to emulate Ursula K. Le Guin and am obsessed with one particular Umberto Eco book. Personally, most of my immediate friends and family have more influence on my writing than they might realize, especially my partner, my reading group, and my DnD party.
Did you have previous experience with Serialized Fiction before you partnered up with Mythrill or did you have to adapt to the format?
My first book, Holly, was originally published on the Story Shop app as a serialized novel in 2018 or so. The format there was 10k word episodes released monthly, so switching instead to episodes between 1-1.5k for Skywolf has been a refreshing change of pace. I like the shorter length better! It makes it easier to keep the plot interesting, I think.
What has been the experience like seeing your characters come alive in Lore Cards?
It's insane. Too much, honestly. You spend hours of your life with these people acting out scenes in your head, constantly tailoring and fiddling, changing small aspects here and there, agonizing over which word will represent the character better--and then one day you get an email without any warning and there the character is, practically in the flesh. The first time I saw Thorolf, I was convinced he'd crawled out my ear and disappeared for good. I was worried! I thought I'd never be able to write him again. He still comes back though, when he wants, so don't worry--Skywolf is not done yet.
You got 2 sentences to hook a reader into your story. Go!
Thorolf Ulfsen is a brooding, dead-pan, space-viking himbo. There's an entire galaxy for readers to explore with him.
Finally, tell us why you partnered up with Mythrill? What made you go for it?
I've said it before on Discord and I'll say it again here--all I saw was 'an exciting opportunity' mentioned on Lucy B's Twitter profile, and that's all it took. You all have pulled through on every level. Call it an instinct, call it kismet, call it whatever--we were all in the right place at the right time, and sometimes that's all you need.
You can read Skywolf exclusively on Mythrill by downloading the app.