Mixing it up this week with a little Fantasy Romance. Presenting A.D. Carter!
Book Link: First Love Anthology
Social: A.D. Carter Website
Everyone has had a first love. The one they had new experiences with and the one they can’t forget. Whether it be the boy next door, a loyal princess, or a supernatural being, all of these stories have two things in common: love at first sight and elements of fantasy.
Featuring stories by Meg Boepple, Sofi Laporte, Kathryn St. John, Zoey Xolton, Melinda Kucsera, A.R. Johnston, Simon Dillon, A.M. Cummins, Edeline Wrigh, D.S. Durden, A.D. Carter, and Galina Trefil.
About the Author:
My name is Andre Carter, I started a blog to begin writing poetry and tell short stories to share with people. Now I don’t plan on publishing anything I put on this Blog I just want to use this to see how my storytelling is. Some people said I can tell a good story and I always enjoyed a good story my self. So here’s hoping I can get an audience to tell my story to the world; I will also use this to “rant” out about some of the random topics I think about throughout the day. What I also what people to know about me, I’m a avid reader and I recently started reading the Alex Cross series written by James Patterson. I’m a huge fan of the crime genre so I would greatly appreciate it if anybody suggest some great books to read that has something to do with crime in general. I hope to build some of kind of fan base and get feed back on my fictional story and to see if there’s anyroom for improvement.
A.D. Carter Q&A
1) Tell us a bit about yourself. Any personal tidbits you’d like to share?
I was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and always had a dream of writing a book since I was in high school. So, during my time at UNLV (2014-2017), I took classes in creative writing and technical writing to understand the craft better. After my time there, I’ve been coming up with new ideas and writing them on paper ever since.
2) Tell us about your past and current works. Any future projects you’d like us to know about?
Well, you can find my past work on my blog “The Voice of Adcarter702” (Title to be updated in the future), but you can find a few things that I wrote including a current series called “The Love Chronicles.” I also just published a fantasy short-story in an anthology titled “First Love.” The story itself is titled “A Forbidden Union” and it’s about a young prince on a diplomatic mission with his best friend and father but sees a woman who’s about to be executed. Will the young prince sacrifice everything to save someone he just met? Or leave her to her fate? You’ll have to read it and find out for yourself. As for future projects, I’m working on a coming of age story. As well as my Fantasy novel, but that will take time as I went back to world building and fixing a few things, but I have confidence that I’ll get it done in time.
3) What inspired you to write your current project?
As mentioned earlier I’m working on a fantasy novel and was having a tough time figuring out how to introduce the world that I created. So, I took a page out of GRRM and Stephen King and wrote short stories about the world. I plan on releasing them soon whether they’re on my blog or in another anthology.
4) Why did you decide to start writing?
Cliché but a true story, I would have these bizarre dreams of certain events and not know what they mean. A good friend of mines advised me to write them down and as I did, I quickly noticed that these would be good stories to tell, and from there I started to explore them. That was when my passion for writing ignited in me once more.
5) Who are some of your favorite authors & why?
It’s funny I don’t have a favorite author, just favorite genres. Like mystery, drama, and fantasy. So, no favorite author from me.
6) What do you think makes an author successful, and what makes their work resonate with people?
I believe it’s about telling the story you want to tell and telling it well. I feel that if the author takes what’s going on in the world and apply it to their craft, they can become successful in their field.
7) What were the biggest hurdles you had to overcome as an author?
I would say grammar is my biggest challenge second to “show, don’t tell” I’m still learning with each story and have noticed my improvement over the years.
8) This is a personal question so feel free to answer how you want or to not answer. A lot of people in the creative arts suffer from depression, self-doubt, and hopelessness. Can you share a moment in your writing career where you felt these emotions? How did you overcome it? Do you have any advice for those currently struggling?
I was always a loner. I mean I have friends and I go out every blue moon, but I come home every night alone. My phone barely rings, and my social media rarely gives me notifications. I only talk to like three people on a daily basis. But when I’m alone, these thoughts of self-doubt and hopelessness leads to depression. I find myself withdrawn from the world around me. My body is on complete auto-pilot, it follows the schedule that it was program to do as my soul(me) is somewhere else. However, my best friend always brings me back to this world. I hear her voice and just like that, I’m back with the living. Long story short, for those that suffer from this all you need, is one. One person that will pull you out darkness, one person who will be your voice of reason, one person that’ll go to hell and drag you out of it.
9) What do you feel is the biggest reward with writing?
Sharing your voice with the world. Sharing your stories, and most importantly inviting people to your crazy mindset.
10) Is there any advice that you can offer new writers?
Yeah, it won’t be easy in the beginning, but nothing really is. Just don’t give up and learn from your critics, from the nicest to the harshest. Because you can learn from them and improve your craft. I know I did.
Author A.D. Carter