Confessions of a Fantasy Author – Jesse Teller

Confession time once again. Another author is stepping into the booth to confess their greatest authory sins. Today we have Jesse Teller, author of Song, here to beg for forgiveness.

 

  • I wrote a seven hundred and seventy page monstrosity as my first book. It was terrible, and so grimdark that I once had a reader tell me: “It is good, but can we get fewer evil orgasms?”

 

  • I have written so many books that I can’t publish them all in a timely fashion. At my current rate of publication, the novels I have written will not all be published until 2033. At my current writing rate, I will likely not see them all published before I die.

 

  • I was once diagnosed as being addicted to writing. I would get the shakes and twitch when I wasn’t writing. I couldn’t sleep, eat or go out in public unless I was writing a book. I had to have my good friend come visit from five hours away to sit with me during the worst of the withdrawals.

 

  • When I am not writing I see my characters stalking me. I once had to ask my wife if my ranger was really standing on the side of the road trying to wave me down to get a ride back to my office. When she told me he wasn’t, I still asked if I could pick him up.

 

  • When I talk, my fingers move as if I am typing. When I try to make them stop, I can’t think or keep talking.

 

  • I once stayed up for 28 hours writing. I wrote 24,000 words. That is roughly 88 pages.

 

  • A reviewer once called me evil for even writing my book Chaste. She said she never wanted me to send any other books to her.

 

  • My first story was about a boy that rode a purple hippo to school. I was in fifth grade.

 

  • I have never taken notes on my work. I have it all trapped in my head, taking up space, so I can’t remember a 3-item grocery list.

 

  • Writing has basically driven me insane.

 

Jesse Teller fell in love with fantasy when he was five years old and played his first game of Dungeons & Dragons. The game gave him the ability to create stories and characters from a young age. He started consuming fantasy in every form and, by nine, was obsessed with the genre. As a young adult, he knew he wanted to make his life about fantasy. From exploring the relationship between man and woman, to studying the qualities of a leader or a tyrant, Jesse Teller uses his stories and settings to study real-world themes and issues.

He lives with his supportive wife, Rebekah, and his two inspiring children, Rayph and Tobin.

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