Today I bring you all an author interview.
When did you start writing, and was it more from a childhood situation or more recent?
[When I was a child I lost someone dear to me, and it changed my view of the world and what I wanted out of it. I searched aimlessly for purpose and for a way to create a better tomorrow, and stumbled countless times. At one point I believed that art would be my salvation and a weapon to inspire change, but I was wrong. After losing my son in a miscarriage in my early 20s, my ex-fiancé left, and that shattered me. I had lost the ability to draw or paint after that event. It honestly changed me. I felt gutted, and empty like some walking corpse aimlessly looking for anything to remind me of who I was and wanted to be. During this time I had an assignment to present at school. It was a story that would be read to my class, and I began to write with the hopes to preoccupy my mind from doing something foolish.
Strangely enough, writing became my escape from the crude world, and it also imprisoned me in a cage I could no longer break, a cage that I had fallen in love with. I would explore other worlds, locked in the far recesses of my mind and I would live a life through the eyes of others. I began to see everything around not just as an artist, but as an architect. Building worlds, and creating the possibility for a characters to roam free and grow was something that saved my life, my sanity, and gave me happiness when I had lost it. I was no longer alone, even though I had become more alone due to my reclusive need to hide in my room. I had to be alone in order to see these worlds, and the characters in it had become more real to me than the life I had.
Then one day, I woke up and realized that this could be the sword I needed to create a better tomorrow. Through stories I could enchant the minds and hearts of many, and inspire. I remember stepping away from my computer after months of hiding, and smiling. I laughed so much and cried when I realized that this had become my passion, and that I could do something with it. I walked outside and swore to become someone stronger. I took up sword fighting and began to socialize again. I returned to a normal life, while I perfected my writing. Deep down, I knew that it could have turned into a horrid sickness, but somehow it did not. It saved me, and I hope it saves others one day too. I suppose it was a calling that began like all other journeys.]
How did Lunora story was born, what was the inspiration for her?
[Lunora’s inspiration came from a young girl I met in the Middle East, and her dream to escape into a world of magic and fantasy like the children of Narnia. I remember wanting to write a story about her, but I never got around to it until last year. Then the shootings began to happen more often in the United States. It has become something that occurs almost every other month now as if its commonplace, then the Ferguson Unrest, and the recent genocides that occurred and is still occurring in Syria were just a few to name, but it was enough to push me to my boiling point. The truth was that bad things were happening all around the world, and I wanted to do something about it, even if it was just writing a story with the hope to inspire others.
I remembered that child and her bravery to one day create a better world. I found her to be the perfect heroine for the story that had entered my mind. I wanted to write a tale that can motivate not just children, but adults and even generations to come.
The hate in the world ends with our own actions. We can all end this cycle of pain, if we strive for it—together. We exist in a world that is truly connected, yet disconnected in the heart. We need to move beyond these issues of racial and religious discrimination, gender inequality, ignorance, and overall hatred. I hope I can inspire a better world someday and this is the start.]
I have to ask, is Crow your original surname or it’s more an artistic thing, and if it’s the real one, where is it from, because for me it sounds like a cool thing to brag about.
[H.S. Crow, to me is a name rooted with history and symbolism. It is not my real name, but it stands as a symbol for something that I hope will exist even after I am gone. Sadly, I will be keeping the meaning behind this name a secret for a little longer. My apologies.]