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Author Interview: Chace Verity

Hello, little foxes! Welcome to another installment of 5 Questions with Kristyn. This week, I have the fabulous Chace Verity! We previously interviewed Chace almost a year ago, but wanted to check back in!

Dithered Hearts CoverA gender-confused farmer desperate to reclaim her farm and escape her stepparents’ abuse. A closeted prince more interested in helping his people than finding a bride. A fairy godfather with a ton of secrets and no powers. In this diverse fairy tale, everyone is searching for a happy ending.

The masquerade ball to find Prince Longhollow’s future bride might be Cynthia Lynah’s best chance at getting her family farm back. If she can marry him, she’ll have all the money and power she needs. Her newly discovered fairy godfather is ready to help her, but his magic can’t do anything to stop her heart from falling for two women she shouldn’t be attracted to–her stepsisters. In the midst of her flirtations, she causes her fairy godfather to lose his magic and stirs trouble for the prince desperate to save his nation from a famine.

Everyone gets a chance to be the hero of their story, but happy endings seem impossible when they need more than magic to make them happen. Goodreads

What inspired you to write Dithered Hearts?

Dithered Hearts is the result of a fever, long story short. I was pretty sick at the time I brainstormed an entry for an anthology and really latched onto the idea of a nonbinary Cinderella who needed to escape her abusive stepparents and save her (super gorgeous) stepsisters in the process. The project eventually grew too long for the anthology as I became attached to the characters, including the fairy godfather, the prince, and the prince’s knight. I’m very excited it turned into a full-length book, one that I hope many people will enjoy.

I know that one of your favorite tropes is found family, and you center it in your work. Why does that trope speak to you?

Found family means everything to me simply because life has shown me the people who love me most aren’t necessarily related to me by blood. The theme comes up again and again in my works because love means creating a safe place. Found families know how much a safe place means to everyone, usually because they had a hard life too. It’s important for readers to know that they deserve to be safe and loved. People who are abused or neglected sometimes can’t see that, or maybe they don’t believe it. Trauma can never be fully undone but caring found families can help with coping.

Do you like to listen to music while you write? Or do you prefer silence?

I always listen to music while I write. I rarely can focus unless I have music blasting in my headphones, transporting me from reality to the fictional worlds I’m weaving. I usually have playlists for books – if not a dedicated playlist, I’ll have a group or maybe a genre that fits the vibe of the story. For Dithered Hearts, I blasted a lot of TWICE. In my current WIPs, I’m pulling together all my favorite 80s and 90s songs.

You’ve released quite a few projects since 2017. How do you keep yourself from getting burned out?

Truthfully, a lot of the projects released up until now were written before 2017 or at least had a first draft done. Team Phison Forever, Dithered Hearts, and half of my shorts are the only stories written in 2018. The only thing I’ve drafted & published in 2019 is “The Blundering Billionaire” short in Rogue Ever After and the Hazy Minds game that is a prequel to Dithered Hearts. I have a few WIPs I have been working on through the years.

I prevent burnout by not forcing myself to rush through anything. I also try to balance my people-job with my writing schedule. I made a mistake with Team Phison Forever cuz I set a release date for the beginning of my slow season at people-job, and then my people-job got unexpectedly busy. I had to balance that job’s tasks, editing, promoting, and publishing during every waking moment on top of my regular house chores and cat parent life. I hated it, and it’s not something I could do 365 days a year.

There are authors who produce less than me, and there are authors who produce more. We are all ideally going at the pace that works for us.

What are you working on now?

I’m actually between projects right now. I chip away at WIPs, but nothing is exactly my #1 focus, the project that makes me excited to get out of bed. I’m having fun just jotting down my project ideas and wondering what will be next.

About Chace Verity

 

Chace Verity (she/they) is publishing queer as heck stories with a strong romantic focus, although friendships and found families are important too. Chace prefers to write fantasy but dabbles in contemporary and historical fiction as well. An American citizen & Canadian permanent resident, Chace will probably never be able to call a gallon of milk a “four-liter.”

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