Skye Hoffert is with us today. Skye calls herself a dreamer, who always had her nose in a book and her head in the clouds. She says she’s spent more time in Narnia and Middle Earth than in reality. She makes her home in Canada, with her family of ten. She spends her days writing, painting, and procrastinating. Helloe Skye, Welcome.
Tell us a little about yourself and how you were raised.
I am a scatterbrained introvert who is constantly hiding from people and the world in books, movies, and sketchbooks. I was homeschooled and my parents have never really been very conventional, but they raised us to love God and each other. So it all worked out somehow.
What’s your favorite genre to read and write. Who’s your favorite author?
Fantasy is my favorite, has been since I was a kid. It changes every year, but right now it’s probably Maggie Stiefvater. I love how character focused her stories are.
What age did you realize you loved books? When did you start writing?
I think I was ten when I realized that I really loved reading. I read The Hobbit and The Chronicles of Narnia, and I was enamored with them and haven’t stopped reading since. I started writing when I was twelve. It was a fantasy story that was a messy homage of sorts, to all my favorite novels.
Tell us about this book.
Falling Snow is about a fae circus. Snow is a circus clown trying to work her way up to a tightrope walker. She is unaware of the dark reality of the world she was raised in. It’s a very different take on Snow White. There’s glamours, fae princes, and fire dancing.
What did you learn about yourself through writing it?
I learned that I always put bits of myself in each of the characters.
Do you normally use an outline for the books you write, or do you just start with a few ideas?
I try to outline, but mostly I just get a vague idea. Then I usually start visualizing it a bit before I even start to write it. The visuals and aesthetic, are really important to me, and if I can’t envision my story if I feel like the reader won’t be able to either. So in a way I almost use a storyboard instead of an outline.
Is there a special place you like to write?
Not really, just anywhere comfy.
What was something that surprised you in the way this book unfolded?
A lot of it surprised me; I never really know where my stories are going besides a vague idea for the end. I was surprised that this wasn’t really Snow White’s story; it ended up being more Chayse’s story. He’s the Huntsmen character.
What advice would you give a new author?
Write for yourself. Learn everything you can about it, and never stop trying to learn more.
What project are you working on now?
I am working on a sequel for Falling Snow. It’s full of fae courts, politics, and treason
Where can we find your books?