I admit that “Why do you write what you write?” is an odd question, or that I’ve picked it for an odd reason, since the answer–the simplest one–is that I don’t know. I’ve never sat down to a blank page with a shelf in mind. I’ve never sat down with anything but the seeds of an idea. And those seeds, they usually come together over the course of a year, taken from all different corners of my mind, my life.
I like to say the theme of my writing career will be “And now for something completely different” because at first glance, my projects cover the entire creative spectrum, from old school fairy tale to supernatural thriller to sci-fi and tween guardian angels and in the future historical fantasy and adult literary and…
I guess if I try to find some commonality, I write strange magic and gray characters. I write about places like our own, where magic exists over the top of normalcy, because I like the idea that there’s magic in our world, and we’re just not looking for it right. I write about characters that exist in the gray between hero and villain, that are broken–or at least flawed–because I think that’s far more real than selfless heroism.
I write what I write because it’s what I want to read, what I want to escape into. I hope others want to escape there with me.
V. E. Schwab is the author of The Near Witch, a YA fantasy from Disney Hyperion, as well as The Archived, the first book in a YA supernatural series, also from Disney Hyperion. The product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a Southern upbringing, Victoria has a penchant for tea and BBC shows, and a serious and well-documented case of wanderlust. This is her first adult book. Find her online at veschwab.wordpress.com