Learn more about our authors: Weirdwhirl and Virlyce

I’ve decided to start a new weekly section where we get deeper into the lives of our translators and authors! We will start this week off with our two original authors! They sure have a great sense of humour, don’t they? (*glares at the cheap responses for questions 3 and 5*).

Come back next week to learn more about our awesome translators!

-Grace


 

 

Author: Weirdwhirl

Current novel: The Dao of Magic

1. Tell us about yourself. How come you decided to be an author?

Heya! I’m Andries, you can call me WeirdWhirl. I’m a Dutch guy who has read a lot. I’ve been building words in my own head since I was but a little shit. In an attempt to escape the 9 to 5 drudgery of IT and/or multimedia design, I started writing one day, and I never really stopped. The Dao of Magic started as a standard self-insert isekai type of story with xianxia and wuxia roots, but has since evolved into an amazing tale, where the plot is driven by the characters instead of grandpa’s in rings and miraculous mysterious ancient inheritances. Anyway, go read it. I like it.

 

2. How did you come up with the storyline?

I just make everything up! Nothing to it. But seriously, I tend to outline and plan the large story arcs. All the small stuff in between, I just write by the seat of my pants. This allows me to have an overarching goal in mind, while I can still surprise myself with the little things and character moments.

 

3. Use five adjectives to describe your novel

What’s an adjective again? Not a native English speaker, remember?

 

4. What advice would you give new aspiring authors out there?

Everyone is born with a literary gift and a literary curse. The gift is your imagination, the amazing and awesome ability to weave stories and plots and planets and places from thin air. The curse is that you have a million words worth of bad stories and shitty novels inside of you. You need to write out that stuff first before you can get to the really good books that are inside your head. So get writing already!

 

5. Give us three of your favourite quotes from the novel

“Triangles.” – Bord

“Squueee!” – Lola

“A child’s first steps is a choice. Each step after is another limiter on their future, an erasure of all other possible steps. A cultivator’s path is the same. Each new thought has murdered an infinite amount of unthought ideas. It is in the taking control of this function, in the imposing of a choice and path, that we advance towards immortality.” -Teach

You can buy Book 1 for 25% off here!

 


Author: Virlyce

Current novel: The Godking’s Legacy

1. Tell us about yourself. How come you decided to be an author?

I was reading a web novel on RRL, and it had litrpg elements in it. The MC of that story was basically OP (cause which litrpg MCs aren’t?) and could use every single skill of every single class—including blue magic. I thought the blue magic was interesting, but after a while, the author put it on the backburner. And I wanted to read a story about a blue mage, dang it. So I did the most reasonable thing and wrote a story I’d want to read, which ended up being The Blue Mage Raised by Dragons. It was supposed to be a serious story but somehow devolved into a comedy (it just happened, I swear). After finishing the first book of BMRD, I tried writing something serious, Demon’s Journey, as an exercise to get better at writing. And after that, I started The Godking’s Legacy because I wanted experience writing in first person. So, I guess, I decided to be an author after being inspired by another story. I think a lot of writer’s start off that way.

 

2. How did you come up with the storyline?

Before I wrote The Godking’s Legacy, I was (and still am) an avid reader of web novels. At the time, I was reading Undefeated God of War, and the spirit inside of the weapon intrigued me (though it’s been so long since I’ve read and dropped it that I can’t remember the finer details of it). Along with Undefeated God of War, I was reading Running Away from the Hero, a comedy written in first person. RAtH made me laugh, a lot, and I wanted to write something similar to it. And UGW had an interesting aspect that I hadn’t seen in other Wuxia/Xianxia novels. And that’s how the inspiration for Durandal came about. Also, at the time, I was a bit tired of all the classic Wuxia and Xianxia tropes (I’m sure many readers know what I’m talking about. Arrogant young masters, anyone? Hypocritical MCs that are always right? Dumb as bricks antagonists?), so I decided to poke a bit of fun at them. Thus, The Godking’s Legacy was created where the MC, Lucia, is an arrogant, young, dumb as bricks, hypocritical yet always right protagonist. Some people like that, some people don’t (and I totally don’t blame them if they don’t). And everyone knows that the MC of a Xianxia has to strive to become the best. And that’s what Lucia does even though she doesn’t want to. In other words, The Godking’s Legacy is a bit of a parody.

 

3. Use five adjectives to describe your novel

Amoral. Hilarious (am I allowed to say that without sounding like I’m patting myself on the back? A lot of people have said it’s hilarious, so don’t just take my word for it). And … I can’t think of anything else. How about we pretend I was only supposed to give two adjectives? Sounds totally reasonable, right? Right. It’s settled then. -Lucia

 

4. What advice would you give new aspiring authors out there?

My advice to all aspiring authors—it’s pretty generic and you’ll hear it from any other author—is to just write and keep writing. Writing a book isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. There are days you’re not going to want to write; in fact, those days will probably outnumber the days that you do want to write, but if you want to finish that book, you have to write anyway. And not everyone’s going to like your story. You just have to accept that. Write for the people that enjoy reading your work; don’t try to cater towards those who hate it in an attempt to get them to like it. (At the same time, don’t ignore valid criticism.)

 

5. Give us three of your favourite quotes from the novel

Eh? Three quotes? Isn’t that two quotes too many? How about one quote? I think one quote is fine. And that quote is…, uh, hmm. There’s just so many awesome quotes about me to choose from. How about this one? “Lucia’s the bestest person in the world. Because she’s the best. Said by Ilya.” Uh-huh. That’s the quote we’ll go with. Hmm? That quote’s not in the story? Says who? If I said it’s in the story, then it’s in the story! If you want to prove me wrong, you’ll have to read the whole thing. Mhm. -Lucia

 

You can get The Godking’s Legacy here!

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