Author Feature,  Women's History Month

Writer’s Spotlight – Mallory Wanless

All month for Women’s History Month, we will be featuring women indie authors! Follow along every Tuesday and Thursday this month to learn about new writers and new reads.

Introduce yourself!

Hi! I’m Mallory Wanless and I write YA Fantasy.

Fun fact: I’m a stay-at-home mom of two little boys (5 & 7). My husband and I named our kids after two of our favorite fictional characters: Connor after Superboy and Kylar from Brent Weeks’ Night Angel trilogy.

How did you start writing?

In 2018, I decided I wanted to write a book. That was my New Year’s Resolution. My boys were 3.5 and 1.5 at the time. It took me 3.5 years, but I finished that first draft last fall!

It’s taken so much longer than I ever expected, but that resolution was definitely my best one yet!

What is your writing process like?

I’m a “panster” through and through. I just sit and write out whatever scene is playing in my mind. Some days, that means writing 3,000 words. Other days, I’m lucky if I write 200. Then there are weeks when I stare at the screen, begging words to come, but nothing happens.

I tried planning once, but I got bored. I can’t plot, or plan. The book just has to flow out when it’s ready.

What inspired you to write Storm And Flame? What is it about?

Honestly, this whole book was triggered by a picture I saw on Pinterest. I was scrolling through my feed, during one of those middle-of-the-night breastfeeding sessions, when this drawing of a bright blue weasel with lightning bolts coming off its fur and out of its eyes.

I thought, “oh wow! That would be a cool sidekick type companion.” Then I started wondering who his human companion would be and what they’d be like. Within a few days, I’d created this magical world of enchantresses and familiars and I never looked back.

Your pre-order for Storm and Flame started March 20th! Congrats on your debut! Can you tell us about the campaign?

Thank you! Since this is my debut, I’m trying to build as much hype as I can. My campaign is about 6 months long, which started on the spring equinox and will be ending on the fall equinox.

The pre-order incentives include two postcards of character art featuring my two MC and their familiars, as well as a bookmark and a bonus scene. The postcards and bookmark will be sent out as the orders come in. The bonus scene will be available immediately.

How can we pre-order your debut, Storm and Flame?

Just submit a copy of your receipt through my Google form on my website.

STORM AND FLAME will be published on 09.22.22.

Do any authors influence your writing?

Oh absolutely! I feel like anyone who says no is just being pretentious. We are all influenced by people, positively or negatively, all the time.

My positive influences are authors like Victoria Aveyard, Laura Sebastian, Diana Gabaldon, Jessica Townsend, and Jen DeLuca.

My negative influences are authors like Nathaniel Hawthorne and Charles Dickens. Those guys took hundreds of words just to describe a single flower. No. Just no.

What is your favorite piece of writing advice?

Just write. Especially when you’re in the drafting phase, just write all the words and sort them out later.

Time to promote you! How can people find you? What should they look out for next?

You can find me on IG daily The best place to keep up with my is my website, and subscribing to my newsletter.

I only email twice a month, but my subscribers were the ones who helped pin down exactly what pre-order incentives I would offer, as well as getting to see my character art and cover reveal first.

You can pre-order STORM AND FLAME through my website or anywhere you buy ebooks.

I’m currently about ⅔ of the way through drafting the sequel to STORM AND FLAME, which I hope to have published in the spring of 2023.

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