New Client Alert – Aidan Gallows
- By: Emily Forney | Date: May 02 2022
Name: Aidan Gallows
What you Write: Queer SFF
Agent: Emily Forney
I’ve been a fan of the BookEnds YouTube channel for a few years and have heard nothing but glowing reviews so I’m very excited to work with Emily and BookEnds.
Tell us a bit about your writing process. Where do you write, and how often?
I try to write every day but it’s hard to keep that up outside of NaNoWriMo events. I usually sit myself down in a comfy chair with my laptop and music and then hack away at whatever I’m working on with writing sprints.
Where can readers find you on the web and social media?
I can be found at @Abelas_Vhenan on twitter
Do you have any writing rituals? (e.g. burning a candle if you’re having trouble getting started at the computer or writing longhand first if you’re feeling uninspired.)
If I’m in need of some inspiration I’ll usually pull out my phone and use the notes app to write little bite-sized snippets of character interactions or scenes that I want to write but I’m not at yet. Sometimes they make it into the actual draft and sometimes they don’t but it works as a great warm-up!
What do you love about writing SFF?
The thing I love most about SFF is that it is whatever you make it/whatever you want it to be. You make the rules of your own world, everything from the ground up is up to the writer. And I really like having that level of freedom for imagination and escapism.
Why did you choose the genre you’ve chosen?
SFF has always been my favorite genre to read/watch for books and other media. I think it’s a genre that deserves to be saturated in queer stories and I always knew I was going to become a writer in some form, but books ended up being the medium I felt most at-home in to tell these stories I wanted to see.
What is the hardest part about writing SFF?
Worldbuilding. It’s fun but it’s difficult and strenuous. I’ve given myself many-a-headaches going through fictional politics and rules of the world.
Do you get inspiration from any TV shows or movies? If so, which ones?
I get a lot of my inspiration from anime and manga, actually. I really adore the intricate fantasy worlds centered on character-driven stories. That inspiration usually mixes with music inspiration to take on lives of their own!
Do you belong to any writing organizations?
I’m a round 8 mentee for Author Mentor Match!