October 25th, 2019
I asked Isabel where she would like to talk:
Walking into the buzzing Character Café, where writers can come and visit their own characters, I am in awe. The place was absolutely packed and characters seemed to pop up out of nowhere as people create think of them. Suddenly, someone bursts through the crowded café and waves me over to join her. I realise in amazement that she is one of my creations and I follow her as we weave through the crowds of people. As we come to a large table in the middle of the café, all of them greet me like I am a long lost friend. I stare, utterly speechless, they are exactly how I’d imagined them, down to the exact details.
Most of them are sipping from steaming mugs of hot chocolate and when I order the same thing, I talk to each of them for hours and find out what they’ve been doing after I’d written their initial stories. It is incredible to hear their stories; ones I haven’t written for them yet.
Laura Mae: What inspired you to enter the world of writing and how long have you been writing for?
Isabel Scheck: I enjoyed reading and listening stories at a young age and wanted create other worlds as well. I started writing when I was 14 years old and have been writing for eight years.
L: What are you currently working on?
I: I’m currently working on a two-part poetry series called Cosmic Dreams and Cosmic Soul. The first one will be self published on October. They cover themes such as LGBT romance, strength and self-love. I mostly write fantasy, poetry and romance. Last year I self-published my first real novel, Ellie Everlasting, which is a modern retelling of Peter Pan. My most recent book is narrative poetry book called “Love Among The Planets”.
L: Are there any books or authors who inspire your work?
I: I adored (still do) Harry Potter as a child and was amazed by JK Rowling’s imagination.
L: What would you say is your favorite book or series of all time? Why?
I: I don’t a favourite. That’s impossible haha. I do, however love The Hunger Games series, the Divergent series, the Caraval series and Harry Potter series because they are all so brilliantly written and imaginative.
L: In a brief statement, have you self-published or traditionally published? What was your experience?
I: I have self-published 13 books (so far), five poetry books, 5 short stories (including the narrative poetry one), a children’s book, a novella and a novel. I have personally enjoyed the experience. 🙂
L: What genre do you read?
I: I read mystery, horror, poetry, dystopian and fantasy.
L: What are you currently reading?
I: I’m reading Radiant Souls by Lenee H. who is also a self-published author.
L: What does a typical day of writing look like for you? Any rituals or ‘must-haves’?
I: I write in 30 minute bursts most days or if I loose concentration I like to write in 10-15 word sprints. It really does help! I like to have a glass of cola Zero next to me. 🙂
I: I tend to work better in complete silence or when I’m listening to Disney songs (I’m not sure why haha).
L: What’s a word or phrase that people say that always irritates you?
I: ‘Same difference’. It just doesn’t make sense…
L: Who is your favorite literary character and why?
I: I love Hermione Granger because she’s smart, strong-willed, beautiful and brave.
L: Where would you say you get most of your inspiration?
I: I get inspiration from a lot of things, such as photos, drawings, from other people and from watching others discreetly in coffee shops.
L: What element of writing do you enjoy the most?
I: I enjoy writing character descriptions the best because if I do it correctly they’re just like real people that I’ve created! I love it.
L: For aspiring writers out there, what would be the best advice you want them to know?
I: 1) Never write for anyone else.
2) Only write what you’re interested in.
3) Try to write a genre that you enjoy reading.
Isabel Scheck comes from England. Currently, she lives in Switzerland with her parents and her brother. She adores working with children, writing poetry and fantasy, and drawing. Isabel creates new worlds using her experiences and hand drawn pictures and images as inspiration.
Ellie Everlasting – What would you do if you discovered your favourite fairy tale was based on reality? During the last year of high school, an unexpected tragedy tears Ellie Parker away from her family, and her girlfriend, Olivia. While the survivors struggle to cope with the trauma of losing someone so young and full of promise, Ellie finds herself wrapped up in the adventure of a lifetime.
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