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Author Interview: Chace Verity

Hello, little foxes! Welcome to our very first author interview here on Let’s Fox About It! Today I’d like to introduce you to Chace Verity, a personal friend of both mine and Lina’s.

I personally adored their contemporary m/m romance Team Phison, and have heard great things about The Absolutes and My Heart is Ready! I can’t wait to read Your Heart Will Grow, which comes out on June 5!

Chace Verity (she/they) is publishing LGBTQIA+ 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.”Chace Verity

What’s the first book you remember falling in love with?

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I really loved reading before, but that was the first book to really make me interested in tearing apart the pages, analyzing the lines, piecing together the meaning of the symbols. I had been largely disinterested while my English read the book during most of it, but when Sydney Carton starts running around to put his final plan in motion, my heart started racing. Once we finished reading it, I immediately bought a copy for myself and started digesting the book properly. The frenzy I felt within me then has rarely been repeated since.

Where do you like to read? What do you need for a good long reading session?

I do most of my reading lately on the train to my people-job. But sometimes, when I’m in bed and about to go to sleep, I treat myself to a few pages of a new book…and end up reading the whole thing in one go. All I really need to read for hours is no one to bother me. There’s so much noise during the day, people (and a cat) to feed and care for. When I’m alone, whether in bed or on the train, I feel comfortable enough to get lost in another world.

What are your top 3 book recommendations for people?

It’s difficult to recommend specific books to a broad audience, but I do encourage people around me to take in more nonfiction. 80% of everything I have learned about writing has come from a lifetime of digesting memoirs, history, and volumes of general nonfic. Pick up the autobiography of a celebrity or historical figure you admire, a book about a time period you love but in a country you don’t know about, and something related to a craft or science you’ve always been a tiny bit interested in. There is so much to learn out there.

What does your writing space look like?

Currently, I share a desk with my spouse. His computer is to my right. To my left, there is a calendar hanging on the wall tracking my progress in my projects. Below the calendar is a glass table with pens and candy. I keep writing notebooks and physical research materials stacked on the table, and there is a stack of papers with random notes or lines jotted down that I may or may not use in a book one day. Sometimes my writing space is clean, but it’s usually chaotic. I’ll be moving soon, so maybe everything will change!

What are your favorite writing tools?

I am a diehard fan of Scrivener and Google Docs. I use my Kindle for beta reading other people’s books as well as doing light edits for my own stuff. I mentioned in a previous question that I have writing notebooks–those are usually where my revision plans or outlines hang out at. One of my most important writing tools is my phone. I e-mail myself outlines and notes all the time when I’m out and about. The last scene in Your Heart Will Grow was written during a rain storm and all the trains were delayed.

What do you do to break out of writing slumps?

I just step back completely. It’s not good for me to force it when I’m not feeling it. When I force it, I end up deleting everything later. Why waste precious time on words that I know don’t work when I could recharge myself by playing a game or consuming a funny show?

What should readers know about you before reading your work?

I might be really queer myself and have a lot of queer characters, but at the end of the day, I’m still a flawed human. I’m still learning about myself and exploring my feelings in my writing. And I never, ever want readers to assume that any character I write is the universal representation of their marginalization. There are a lot of authors who hope readers will find themselves in their books, but I don’t wish for readers to come into my books with that expectation. It would be nice if they came in expecting to make a fictional friend or two, though.

Where should readers start when it comes to your writing?

Contemporary romance fans should look at Team Phison. Fantasy fans should check out the prequel novella to Your Heart Will GrowMy Heart Is Ready.

Where is the best place to contact you?

People can e-mail me at chaceverity@gmail.com or poke me on Twitter!

What’s one thing that would surprise people to know about you?

I just auditioned for a television show in a foreign country lmao. I doubt it will pan out, but I had to shoot my shot! I hope everyone reaches for their dreams, no matter how wild or elaborate they are.

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