MoAA Interview #13: Fran Wilde

Today, MoAA is proud to present author Fran Wilde!
Alethea Kontis: What’s the best thing about writing?
Fran Wilde
Fran Wilde: Being swept up by the story.

AK: What’s the worst thing about writing?

FW: Distractions.

AK: Finish this sentence: “Writing is like…”

FW: Writing is like painting a mural while running a marathon, while baking a pie, all while knowing that you’re only going to use a very small section of the mural in your final project, that there’s a big hill coming up, and that guests are on their way to enjoy the pie.

AK: If you could write anywhere in the world, where would it be?

FW: On a boat, so I could dodge this question by sailing to new locations.

AK: Pick five words to describe your latest work.

FW: High-flying, secret society, myths, and monsters.

AK: Pick five words to describe you.

FW: Curious. Numerically challenged.

AK: What’s your favorite type of tree?
FW: Giant ferns. And The baobab tree from The Petit Prince.

AK: What were you like in high school?

FW: Always looking for the bookshelf that concealed the hidden room.

AK:  If you could give one piece of advice (writing or otherwise), what would it be?

FW: If the going gets tough, keep going.

AK: The Colin Harvey Memorial Question: What are 3 things you’d like to do before you die?

FW:Tell a good story, and then another. Leave the place a little better than I found it.


Fran Wilde writes science fiction and fantasy. She can tie a bunch of sailing knots, set gemstones, and program digital minions. Her first YA novel is represented by Russell Galen and Rachel Kory, of SGG Literary. Fran hosts a monthly column, Cooking the Books, about food and genre fiction, at her website: She’s fran_wilde on the Twitter.