One of the things we want to do here at Trust & Treachery is give you a chance to get to meet our authors. Over the next few weeks, you will see bios and Q&As for our amazing contributors. Today is Ann Kopchik. Stay tuned as additional authors are added every Monday.
Editors, Trust & Treachery
Despite fifteen years as a technical writer, Ann Kopchik has never given up on her passion for the romantic, the fantastic, or the written word. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, where she studied fantasy and hung out with romance and horror authors. She’s now an Associate Editor for Entangled Publishing When not editing, she sits in a cafe at the corner of reality and imagination, sipping coffee and writing fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal romance.
Born and raised in the wilds of suburban Philadelphia, she now lives in her ancestral homeland of Western Pennsylvania. For more information on Ann Kopchik, you can find her on Twitter and at http://annlaurelkopchik.com.
And as an additional note, it was great to meet Ann at Confluence this last weekend!
Do you have any recent events to announce (of publications or anything else exciting)?
I recently became an Associate Editor at Entangled Publishing. It’s been interesting to be on the other side of the desk, as it were. Editing has the side benefit of making me a better and harder-working writer.
What inspired you to write this story?
The story was meant to be non-genre, originally. I wanted to depict an eccentric artist and the dysfunction he has with his family—sort of a mirror of the dysfunction creative types can have with society. What are the hidden secrets, why is he so odd and different? Or is it the other way around? But the speculative never fails to creep into my writing, as it did here.
As for inspiration, my mother’s an artist, so I grew up around art and artists, and was encouraged to create. There’s a certain visceral nature to producing artwork. You can feel and smell and nearly taste visual art during the production. It’s earthy and primal. And magical. It can be both a delight and a horror at times.
What books and/or authors have most influenced you?
Shakespeare. Seriously. I go back to Shakespeare all the time. Particularly to the histories and the tragedies. Also, the fantasy and science fiction authors I read in high school: Guy Gavriel Kay, Isaac Asimov, Larry Niven, Anne McCaffrey, Jane Yolen, C. S. Freidman, Patricia McKillip. More recently, writers like Michelle Sagara West and Sharon Shinn.
What are you reading now?
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle That Made England by Juliet Barker, and Ten Ruby Trick by Julia Knight. And several manuscripts for Entangled.
What are your current projects?
I’m polishing book one of an epic fantasy duology, plotting out an urban fantasy set in Pittsburgh, and am about to send out an erotic paranormal romance (under a pen name). On the back burner is a historic fantasy based on the hundred-years war.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep reading. Keep writing. Pay attention to the world around you, the sights, the smells, the emotions. And then figure out how put that into words.
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
Going back to graduate school in my late 30s to earn an MFA.
What inspires you to write and why?
Reading was a haven for me. I want to give back to others what was given to me.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
I’ve been pretty lucky in the criticism department. Though I’ve been told some painful truths about my writing, they were still truths and listening to those observations helped me better my writing. The best compliment is when I hear, “I don’t usually like fantasy, but I like this.”
Tell us something unusual (or fun) about you.
I enjoy medieval reenactment and am currently learning how to operate a ballista (a giant crossbow). So basically, I’ve joined a gunnery crew.