10 Questions with Ashley Setzer

It’s time for 10 Questions with another author.  This time, it’s Ashley Setzer, whose book I had the pleasure of reading recently.  I’ll let her introduce herself and her books.

I am the author of The Flute Keeper Saga, a YA fantasy series that currently includes The Flute Keeper, The Flute Keeper’s Voyage, The Flute Keeper’s Training and The Flute Keeper’s Promise. I began the writing the series ten years ago. After sitting on it for a very long time, I decided to self-publish the first one as an ebook just to see what would happen. The positive result was a pleasant surprise, so I went the same route with the rest. I’m currently working on the final book in the series as well as a myriad of other projects. I try to stay in touch with fans via the Flute Keeper blog as well as the Flute Keeper’s Facebook page.

1. What’s your favourite colour?

My favorite color is peacock green.

2. What’s your favourite food? Do you like Marmite?

My favorite food is curry, just in general. I’ve never had Marmite, but I have had Vegemite and I didn’t find it as repulsive as the naysayers made it out to be, so I’ll give Marmite a chance should the opportunity arise.

3. Which country would you most like to visit?

This is a tough one because I’m keen to travel everywhere. Vietnam and Japan are high on the list.

4. What genres do you like to read?

I read more YA fiction than anything since that’s my writing genre, but I adore sci-fi, mysteries and travel narratives.

5. If you were going to write a book outside your genre(s), which genre would you choose?

I would very much like to write a sci-fi novel. I suspect that it would end up being more of a space opera than gritty, dystopian hard sci-fi.

6. Describe your writing environment, including room, desk, sounds, etc.

My writing environment is the only cluttered space in my house: a big desk, two monitors with stacks of reference books nearby and lots of random bits of paper with ideas and names scribbled on them. Oh, and there’s usually a cat underfoot.

7. If you could have dinner with any character (person if non-fiction) from your books, who would it be?

If I could have dinner with one of my characters it would be Lord Mulberry Finbarr. As an aged adventurer, he’d have the best stories to tell.

8. Do you draw maps when planning your books?

I sometimes draw maps for my own benefit. They’re rubbish to look at.

9. Do you ever read self-published books?

I do read self-published books, especially in YA fiction.

10. I’m interested in fantasy, science fiction, history, and classics. Which author’s books would you recommend to me?

In fantasy, definitely give Neil Gaiman a shot if you haven’t read him yet. In recent sci-fi, Robert J. Sawyer’s WWW Trilogy is a fun, quick read. In history, check out any book by William Least Heat-Moon. His writing style is sometimes challenging due to the sheer density of his vocabulary and sentence structure, but the reward is a beautifully layered glimpse of bygone people and places. In classics…uh oh. Full disclosure: I haven’t read anything that could remotely be considered a classic since high school. I do recall enjoying Jules Verne, Jack London and Robert Louis Stevenson, though. Exciting stuff actually happens in their stories! The Bronte sisters are good to read for atmosphere—perfect for cold, rainy nights.

Thanks for the recommendations! I’ll have to check them out.  And thanks for the interview.  Interesting that you’d like to visit Japan, since I live there at the moment.

If anyone has any comments, please leave them here, or you can also comment on Ashley’s blog.