Carol, you’re a fantasy reader’s dream author. Since you’ve consistently produced a novel every year and built up several series with outstanding characters and powerful storylines. Are you exhausted? What keeps you going?
Pulp Literature: 2000, Carol Berg: I have to say that since I finished work on Ash and Silver in summer 2015, I have done very little writing. Uncanonical Magic is the exception! This is partly because of family events. Partly because of doing some writing workshop development, convention travel, and book launch work for Ash and Silver. And, yes, partly because I did feel a bit wrung out after releasing fifteen sizable, complex books in sixteen years. But here it is spring of 2016 and I cannot wait to plunge back into writing. I am heading for the mountains next week. For some reason I do my best work at high altitude with glorious scenery spread out around me. While there, I hope to finish off two short stories and do some serious thinking about my next big project.
What keeps me going? The story. Every story of mine begins with an impression of an interesting character in a difficult situation. Once I get that vision, I have to go ferret out the story behind it. That is a truly addictive pleasure.