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Let's all give a big welcome to Ardyth Debruyn! Welcome to Unwritten, Ardyth. Kick off your shoes and tell us a bit about yourself. What's life like when you're not writing?
I see from your website HERE (everyone go join it now), you have a degree in anthropology. The only thing I remember from my one anthropology class at UK was the Yanomamo people of the Amazon. Two questions: Did you study those people? And most importantly, does your education come in handy for your stories?
It came out of a combination of reading Harry Potter (which I'm a total fan of) and my discussions about villains with my critique partner A. Merc Rustad. We both enjoy exploring stereotypes against villains and poking a bit of fun at fantasy cliches. It felt natural to me to put that together into wondering what a school that tried to create and enforce these cliches might be like.
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Another writing related question: Have you had rejections and what would you tell a struggling writer who has yet to get a story accepted?
Prepare thine self for the random question! If you had to enter a competition for the "Most Uselessly Unique Talent," what would your talent be?
Hmm... I can do a pretty good imitation crow call... as loud and obnoxious as the real thing.
Finally, Ms. Debruyn, would you be so kind as to share an excerpt of your work with us?
From A School For Villains:
Thank you so much for coming to Unwritten, Ardyth! I wish you much success!