Phaedra Weldon

Phaedra Weldon

Bio

Phaedra Weldon was born in Florida and attended Georgia Southern University from where she launched a career in the graphics arts field. She began writing at the age of 10, reworking the endings of her favorite television shows, especially such classic favorites as Scooby Doo. She has had short fiction published in a number of anthologies and online sites. She lives with her husband and daughter in Atlanta, Georgia.

Phaedra Weldon

Phaedra Weldon

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When did you begin writing?
Phaedra Weldon My first scribbles began in Middle School with my best friend. We wrote in notebooks and on type-writers. Mostly we re-wrote episodes of our favorite shows, but then we started making up our own worlds—people with special powers in sticky situations.

But then life kicked in and those scribbles became a part of my mom’s scrapbooks—you know the ones she pulls out when you bring a new boyfriend home? Then I was lucky enough to meet Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Katherine Rusch in 1996, and started to seriously pursue a writing career. I had too—Dean’s wicked-red-pen-oh-doom was a killer!

Where and when do you write now?
I have a small office set up in my house. A Macbook, printer, keyboard and mouse. And I have loads of books piled everywhere—pretty much all the time.

Most of my writing happens either at night, or early in the morning before the family’s awake. If I can write at night and in the morning, I can sometimes get close to 3,000 words a day. But with only one session, I’m happy with 1,500. If I have a day off from the day job, I’ll spend most all of it working on the current project.

Is Wraith your first novel, and if so, how did you “make the sale”?
Wraith is actually my sixth novel, but it’s the first one that sold. As for how it was sold—I’m still reeling from it. I was at a writing workshop in Oregon, one where Ginjer Buchanan was the guest editor. Our assignment was to come up with a book proposal in 24 hours. I’d been toying with the idea of an astral traveling character for several years so I figured, what-the-hey, and wrote it up in proposal form. A little over a month later, she bought the book. I’m not sure I’ve come down off cloud 9 yet.

Zoë Martinique, your protagonist, can travel out of her body at will. Did you do a lot of research on the OOB experience before writing the book?
A little. My first inspiration for the idea came while watching “Charmed.” I loved it when Pru’s character started bi-locating—only I wondered what she was going to do with her body if she got better and better at it. But the character was killed off before anything happened. I toyed with the idea for a while, on and off, but it wasn’t until I sold the book that I bought a few tomes on the subject and studied what the experts had to say on Astral Travel. Then I just made it up the way I saw it.

What is your favorite word?
I only get one? Uhm…at the moment it’s Renzokuken, which means—and I think this is right—consecutive, continuity, occurring in succession. I learned if from a Final Fantasy game. I love to say it! Though I have no idea where I could ever use it.

Who are your favorite writers?
Ooh. I have a huge list of them—and most of my favs are based on the characters the writers created. Anne Rice, Jim Butcher, Kim Harrison, C.E. Murphy, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Charlaine Harris, Laurell K. Hamilton, Kelley Armstrong, J.K. Rowling, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Mercedes Lackey, Tanya Huff—should I keep going? I’m a voracious reader, though I try not to read when I’m writing. But after a book’s finished—watch out Barnes and Noble!

What’s your best advice to new fiction writers?
Don’t. Give. Up. Always work to get better. And read outside your comfort zone. Sometimes a good idea can come from there, and when applied to what you love—it can make for one of those “Oh cool” story ideas. And always—always—be kind, courteous and professional. Being patient is always good too—that means with yourself. Writing takes practice. Lots of it. You wouldn’t expect to have one piano lesson and then play Carnegie Hall, would you?

What can readers expect to see from you next?
In the forefront is the next Zoë Martinique investigation. I’m also working on a Zoë Martinique short story for an upcoming anthology. I’ve just finished a few shared-universe projects, and will be putting the final edits on a new Urban Fantasy book I’m really excited about.

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