On the verge of a new anthology, we are celebrating IN THE AIR with a behind the scenes view of authors and their stories. Here’s a look at J.S. Rogers and her story “Waystation VII.”
ABOUT THE STORY
Tell me a little about your story and the world you’ve created.
Waystation VII takes place on a world with a ruined atmosphere, where people buy and sell air to travel, looking for a place where they can breathe freely.
What came first, the plot or the characters?
The plot came first.
If you had to describe your protagonist in three words, what would they be?
Cautious, determined, hopeful.
What is something about your protagonist that only you know?
Her parents abandoned her.
Which scene was the most difficult to write and why?
The ending was the most difficult scene. Wrapping up a story in a satisfying way is always a challenge.
What were you trying to achieve with this story?
I wanted to write a story exploring the idea of looking for a better life, yet being willing to sacrifice your chance for success for someone else’s well-being.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I enjoy reading and knitting when I’m not writing.
Do you have any suggestions to help others become better writers? If so, what are they?
Focus on the basics. Set aside a time that is just for you to write and shut out distractions during that time so you it’s just you and the story.
What do you think makes a good story?
Engaging characters are a vital component to any good story.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be a writer.
What is your favorite writing tool or technique?
I like to use a pencil and my favorite notebook to sketch out a plot before I write any stories.
How would you describe your general writing voice and tone?
Focused on emotions and describing the sensory experience of a character’s world.
Share something fun or interesting:
Share a photo of a favorite animal.
J.S. has been writing since she could get her hands on a pencil and paper. These days, she writes as a freelancer for her day job and pens fiction by night. Her fiction has appeared in print and around the web.