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  • Andrea Torrey Balsara

ISWG August 2022

August 3 question - When you set out to write a story, do you try to be more original or do you try to give readers what they want?

I wish I could cater more to what readers want, but if I don’t feel something in my bones, if

it doesn’t deeply interest me, my writing is flat. Since my interests are outside of the

mainstream, it means I am usually looking at indie publishing, whether self-publishing or

through a small publisher.

I am in awe of authors who write authentically but whose work hits the pulse of the times.

In AWE!! I loved Divergent, and The Hunger Games, and even the first Harry Potter book.

For me, I think my best hope is to keep expanding my field of interests, keep a “learner’s

mindset,” and trust that if I love what I write, someone else will too.

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