Touching Smoke

Today on the blog we have the lovely Airicka Phoenix, author of Touching Smoke.

Tell me a little bit about how and/or why you started writing.

I’ve always had voices in my head, ideas, stories… plots, writing them down just made sense. Once I did, I was hooked. I first started in grade three when my teacher assigned us to write short stories as part of our quiet time. I rewrote Beauty and the Beast.

What was the inspiration for Touching Smoke (or the series as a whole)?

I have always been vastly interested in dreams and love that passes through time and all manners of impossibilities. The inspiration behind Touching Smoke came while I was writing another series. I got to a certain part when Amalie crept into my thoughts, sunk in her claws and refused to be bucked.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing or reading?

I like jumping into my children’s world. They have the most incredible imagination and I love getting lost with them. We always have the most amazing adventures.

Who are some of your favourite authors?

I have so many. I dislike naming them all off sometimes because I always realize I missed someone, so I will say this, my favorite author is the one I’m reading at that moment.

Touching Smoke is set in Canadado you prefer to read books set in your own country? Or do you prefer exotic locations?

As a writer, we are always told to write what we know. I know my country. I have traveled from coast-to-coast. Also, I love my country and want people who haven’t been here to see it through my writing and love it as much as I do. But no, I don’t prefer reading books set in Canada alone. Like I enjoy sharing my world with others, I equally love crawling into a place I’ve never been and seeing it through the eyes of the author.

What was your publishing experience like?

Frightening. Intense. Exciting. A chaotic jumble of all the above and so much more. There were highs and lows.

If money wasn’t an issue, what is one project, trip, or activity you’d like to undertake?

That is a very good question. There are so many things I would love to do. Everything from taking my kids to Disneyland/world for a solid month of partying with Mickey to painting the town red in New Orleans with my girlfriends to building free homes for low income families and adopting as many children as possible in Africa. If I had unlimited money, the possibilities would be endless.

What are some of your writing habits?

I work best after midnight. I like listening to music while I write. I mumble to myself when something doesn’t flow. I always have a mug of hot chocolate and a bowl of salad at hand.