Author Interview // Author G.W. Lwin
Did you always want to become a writer or did writing find you?
It will be the latter.
What inspires you to write in your current genre, Historical Fantasy Horror?
I wanted to express the spirituality side within us as well as our inner-demons/emotions we constantly face/overcome as part of our life journey, but from a different world and time.
From a young age, I have felt that there were two versions of me: the old spiritual one and a young soul who still lives in his fantasy world. However, both these versions share one commonality, my interest in vampires from ancient history, mythology and beliefs.
SAMSARA in an ancient Sanskrit (Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism) means the cycle of birth, death and rebirths within the realms of existence.
Blending with these ancient Eastern philosophies gives rise to my vampires or vampirism of the old world. With these concepts, my fantasy horror novel “The Samsaric” was born.
When you started writing The Samsaric, did you experience the book taking on a theme/life of it’s own, or did it stay along the path you had planned out?
The book definitely started to take a life of its own. I learnt that when I write, I can never stick to a defined path, as I stay true to write whatever that arises from within.
How do you feel about the characters that you’ve created in your first book? Are they worthy of the trilogy you have planned?
I can write about the characters for many more books to come.
Do you have a favorite genre you like to read and why this genre?
I don’t really have a favourite genre, these days if I am not meditating or writing, I will be reading books on spirituality, consciousness and the universe.
Can you give one of your favorite authors within this genre and a snippet of why? Maybe offer a book suggestion.
I don’t have a favourite author within this genre. I enjoy reading and learning from different styles of writing ranging from Bram Stoker to Stephen King.
However I do have a favourite book, out of this genre, a book on spirituality that has completely changed my way of life and views, and I highly recommend it.
It is called “Snow in the summer”, and you can download it for free.
Of course we have to know, what is in-store next – books, events, etc.?
I am looking forward to 2016. I plan to release my second book of this trilogy in February and the third and final instalment by May.
I started this book as a standalone but as I’ve mentioned earlier, it has taken a life of its own and I had to make this into a trilogy.
Once I published this trilogy, I will be retreating to solitude for a couple of months and plan to publish a book on spirituality based on my personal experience only, hopefully before the end of 2016.
I love anything that comprises the old and the ancient full of rich history and spirituality. For me, reading and learning from our ancient past is truly a beautiful, unique and intriguing journey.
From a young age, I have felt that there were two versions of me: the old spiritual one and a young soul who still lives in his fantasy world.
However, both of these versions share one commonality – my interest in vampires from the ancient mythology and beliefs. I was mesmerised by their folklore since young.
The need to express is very strong within me. Writing, for me, provides this gateway and helps me to grow as a person. It is a life-long learning path that I gladly embark.
As a writer, I would like to improve each and every stage of writing, to possess the art of crafting words to communicate the emotions that arise from within to the readers … a vision shared by many authors.