We are thrilled to introduce you to our newest published author, Faith Landfair! Faith recently published her book, through our Fresh Ink publishing program. In Fresh Ink, youth authors with a completed draft of a novel are mentored through a chapter-by-chapter revision process. At the end of the program, the author is guided through the publication process resulting in an ink-and-paper book they can hold in their hands and share with other readers! We interviewed Faith about her experience in the program. Keep reading to learn more about Faith’s book and Fresh Ink.

Interview with Faith Landfair

What inspired you to tell this story?

I love being able to create my own world where nothing can stop me but my own creativity. For this story, I wanted to create something magical and mysterious. When I started writing, I didn’t know where the plot was going to end up, or even what the main character’s name was going to be. But, as I wrote, the world was pieced together and I was able to create something I was proud of. The real thing that inspires me to write is the fact that I can create anything I want, with no limitations.  

Who is your favorite character in your book and why? 

It’s hard to pick. I try to make all my characters fun and lovable, with different personalities. But I’d have to say that my favorite character is Mira. She is adventurous, clever, and bold. I see a little bit of myself in her, or at least what I would like to be. (And come on, she has a dragon – what’s not to love?)

 What problems did you run into in your revision and how did you resolve them? 

Sometimes when editing and revising my story I ran into a situation where I sort of wrote myself into a corner. I wanted something to take place, but the way I led up to the event didn’t allow it to happen as I had hoped. I had to find new ways to express what was happening or cut certain parts out altogether. At some parts of the book, I felt I was writing just to make it longer and had to filter out the un-needed additions. Having multiple people read it to find errors really helped me weed them out, and more than half of the time the problem could be fixed simply by rewording a sentence.

What would you tell someone who wrote a novel and is not sure they want to do revisions? 

I would say just go for it! There is always something that can be fixed or made better. If you don’t like what revision was put in place, you can always change it back. Trying out different wording or scenarios can make your book way better than if you had just stuck to your original ideas.

 What do you hope your readers will take away from your book?

I hope that people enjoy it, for starters. All I want is to give people something to entertain them and look back on and say, “I enjoyed that.” But also, I want to give young people like me proof that they really can do anything if they are determined. When I first started writing, I never thought I could possibly publish something. After all, all these other authors are experienced and know what they’re doing. I’m just a kid. But now here I am, and I want people to know that they can do it too. If you want to write a book, write a book! Whatever you want to do, don’t let doubt stop you!

You can grab your copy of at Amazon, Bookshop.org, IndieBound, or request it at your favorite indie book store!

Are you ready to publish your novel?

It’s time to take your novel, and your writerly skillset, to the next level! In the Fresh Ink Program, professional writers mentor youth through a chapter-by-chapter revision process which results in a printed or published book available through independent bookstores and other retailers. Through Fresh Ink, you will: complete a full novel revision, take your writing skills to the next level, and learn what it takes to publish a book