Each week we will be featuring one member for their outstanding contributions to the Figment community.
This week we’re featuring E.R. Warren! Check out five of her stories along with her interview questions below!
What do you enjoy most about Figment and its community?
- I think the best thing about the Figment community is the variety of people, along with the variety criticism and writing. It’s easiest to do short fiction and poetry on Figment, I think, but my gateway drug was serials, especially Kimberly Karalius’s Birdcage Girl and Camilla Rosen’s God of Enclosed Spaces. I’m also always happy to find good critics, such as Linda D. and Julia W. I also love the community of commenting readers, especially those who motivate me to finish. (Also, I like playing cheerleader for my favorite writers.)
What is your favorite story that you have shared on Figment and why?
- My favorite work is The Princess and the Fox Demon, a recently completed novel. When Princess Asuka’s fiancé is killed by a plague god, she begs her former lover—and a shapeshifter—to pose as her fiancé while she seeks vengeance. But the shapeshifter, Chirikai remembers handing the princess his heart after the death of his own heartbroken mother, and he remembers risking his life to save her father. He remembers the princess rejecting him when he was on his knees. But he says yes anyway. Asuka’s quest of vengeance begins in the capital, a city of gold leaf and shamans. They travel to the ghost-infested mountains to find her fiancé’s ghost, eluding bear-riding warriors and a god of illusion—Chirikai’s dangerous father. A plague sweeps across the land, begun by a mysterious new deity. But as the danger mounts around them, Asuka realizes that she must choose between family, honor, and the vengeance which will surely tear them apart, or a lifetime with the lonely fox demon who said yes. I am seeking publication for The Princess and the Fox Demon, so while I go through that process, I’m writing a companion novel on Figment called The Hiwau and the Moon Consort. Basically the God of the Moon falls in love with a Comet Spirit who crashes into him. I like writing about the interpersonal problems of supernatural beings.
Where do you find inspiration to write and keep writing?
- Most days I am not particularly inspired. I just force myself to sit down and write. I was inspired to write The Princess and the Fox Demon while I working on my MA in history because I was researching the plague deities of Ancient and Classical Japan, how people conceptualized disease before science… Then I started to think about what plague deities would be like if they were real.
What is the last book that you read?
- This week I read Landline by Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor and Park, Fangirl). I don’t usually read contemporary fiction, but her books are great.
Do you have any advice for other Figgies looking to improve their writing?
- Stephen King says to write a thousand words every day. I think it’s good advice.
Congratulations again E.R. and thank you for sharing talent, inspiration and advice with us! Be sure to check out some of her work below.
When a comet spirit is cast out of the heavens, she must complete three impossible tasks to return home.
Revenge and desire drive a princess and shapeshifter to join forces. (Figment Favorite 2013)
Unlike most people, Imre Void never forgot how much of a failure he was in his past lives.
The genius Imre Void became famous, so he was swarmed by spies.
The universe shifted ever so slightly, and Imre Void met Constance Lee.
Congratulations again, E.R.!
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– The Figment Team