Crime Writer, true-crime enthusiast, and editorial fashion editor Rhiannon D’Averc just released her dystopian YA novel, Mira’s War. Mira’s War is author Rhiannon D’Averc’s first title to be published under her own name, and we were lucky enough to chat with this ghostwriter as Rhiannon herself and learn more about what her writing process and creating these complex characters was like.

1. Do you believe in writer's block?

I don't believe in it, really. Though I know it exists and I've had it in the past, but calling it that gives it a power and makes it sound like something that can't be controlled. I work in a methodical way and plan out my plot from beginning to end, and then I work through it. It might take small adjustments here and there but, generally speaking, most of the thinking had been done already when I sit down to write. I also make writing a daily habit. With this process in place, I haven't experienced writer's block for a very long time. If I didn't have these things in place, I'm sure I would still get it sometimes.

2. What's been the most difficult part about writing this book?

I hadn't written many other books when I worked on Mira's War for the first time, and I didn't have that experience that I needed to know how to make a plot work, how to hook readers, how to keep the flow moving. I didn't have a very good plot outline either, and considering how the characters overlap that was a mistake! I made it a lot harder than it should have been on the first draft. The hardest part, however, was forcing myself to delete the things that didn't work and start over again on the next draft! Then doing that over and over and over again as I got better at the craft and spotted more old mistakes...

3. Do you hope to visit these characters again someday?

Definitely. I would love to follow these guys through to another story set in the same universe, a year or more later. I won't give any spoilers, but obviously some of them won't be able to join the cast as they don't make it out of Mira's War! But I do have a basic plot idea for a second and possibly third book, and I would like to get the chance to see where those might take me. There is a central character who continues through the series, and you might be surprised to know who that is. Mira was always the main character for this book, but that doesn't mean she gets to take the lead through the series (if I get the chance to turn it into one).

4. Who has been your favorite character to write? Why?

Nancy Boy has to be my favourite to write. There are so many ways in which it's fun to play with him and see him clash against the other characters. I love his passiveness - a character who really doesn't seem willing to lift a finger to help themselves is completely different from the expected protagonist. He's basically a guy that you can just drop into any situation, any place, any time, and he will react more or less in the same way - by giving in and going with the flow. If nobody pushed him, he'd probably forget to eat. And he knows how annoying he is - he just doesn't care. You have to love that!

5. Where does your writing career go from here?

I'm already a full-time author. So, as far as my next plans go, I'll continue to write my own series as well as ghostwriting for a few clients. My eventual aim is to one day be at a point where I don't need to ghostwrite, and I can make a great living from publishing under my own name. I have so many ideas just waiting to be set free! One thing is for absolute certain, and that is that I'll never stop writing. It's just not in me to do so. Even if I wasn't earning anything from it, I would still write as a hobby - I just maybe wouldn't have as much time to spend on it!

Mira’s War is available to order TODAY through our site, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

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