Interview: with Abby Wilder

Abby Wilder is an author from the South Island of New Zealand. She loves stories in all forms; film, photography, music, but it’s the simplicity of written words that she loves the most... well, written words and binge watching television series. Find her online at

Hi Abby, please tell us a bit about yourself.

I am an author of YA fiction living at the bottom of the world. Almost. Since I am an avid reader and adore getting lost in different stories, I decided there would be nothing better than to write stories myself. So I did.

Given the wide amount of fan fiction being published in countless places online, what are your thoughts on fan fiction in general?

Certain aspects of it are wonderful. The idea a story is powerful enough to evoke a reader's desire to write in that world can only be seen as a compliment. Of course, only if it is done for fun and not in any way that steals from the author.

Are there any horror/fantasy/sci-fi tropes or sub genres which you feel are played out? And vice versa, what tropes would you like to see more of?

There are elements in every genre which are always going to be reused often but readers are always thrilled when an exciting new spin is put upon them.

How important is social media to you as an indie author?

Very important. It is a way to connect with readers, with other authors, to get inspiration and reality checks. But it is also hard work. My experience has been a positive one, and getting feedback from people who have read and enjoyed my books is always a thrill.

What books are beside your bed right now?

Although I mainly read ebooks, I still love paperbacks and have many piles of books scattered around my house. The pile beside my bed has books I have read as well as some I haven’t. At the moment it contains the following:

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stievater

The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant

Magenta Rising by Mouse Diver-Dudfield

Grave Minder by Melissa Marr

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

Stoner by John Williams

Do you have any particular writing rituals you are comfortable sharing?

No rituals for me. I don’t have any habits other than sitting down and making sure I write. It is so easy to become distracted and the temptation to procrastinate is always there, so I have certain days and times when I write and I am rather strict on myself. The only thing I guess I do the same is the way I format my document. Always in a certain font and always with wide margins.

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