Interview with fantasy/sci-fi author Sylvia van Bruggen

Fantasy and sci-fi writer Sylvia van Bruggen is on the blog today. She’s doing a virtual book tour for her novella MindScreens.

Sylvia van Bruggen is a fantasy/science fiction writer, poet, avid blogger and
artist. She is the founder of Playful Creative, a website for creatives who
want to work through their mental blocks and who want to learn how to play with
their writing. She has self-published a novella, two poetry books, and her
poems and short stories have been published in various magazines. She currently
writes a fantasy novel, and she works on publishing another poetry book. She
lives in the Netherlands with her husband, three cats and several novels in
various draft stages.

Welcome, Sylvia. Please tell us
about your current release.
MindScreens is a
fantasy/scifi/romance novella about a student, Jess, at New London University.
She is a very gifted healer, can heal anything but death. She is madly in love
with her Professor. When he collapses while teaching a class she learns a
horrible truth, and her world unravels.
What inspired you
to write this book?
I came up with the
idea of a MindScreen, that is a device that reads strong thoughts, one cold and
early morning. The book was finished that same week.

“What’s the emergency?” An equally snappy voice answered straight away, “Healer Harper,
report to Med-Office at the south entrance. Slip and fall, going through
scanner now, but judging from the bone sticking out I’d say it’s broken.”
Grade A injury, good thing I hadn’t eaten.
“I’m gonna miss class,
you have to report me!”
“Not my
problem, now scoot along.”
I pushed my Jotter into my bag, shouted: “Medical emergency!” and started to run
down the hallway. Left, right, down the stairs, swerve around some slobbering
kissers, and then down the long corridor to the Med-Office, my voice getting
hoarser and hoarser from shouting at people. The curse of being a Grade A
Healer, only getting called when there’s a big emergency. Better learn how to
run fast if you want to save someone’s life.

What exciting story
are you working on next?
I am working on the
sequel of MindScreens, set two months after the end of the novella 🙂
When did you first
consider yourself a writer?
As a child. I wrote
a LOT of poetry and short stories in a lesser degree, because my mind scared
the heck out of me 🙂

I even got
published at age 9. Then my teenage years happened and I rejected all my
writing, my poetry was childish and I got bad grades on whatever I wrote at
school. I only got back to calling myself a writer when life ground to a
crushing halt and I found my love of writing again at nanowrimo 2004. I have
written ever since 🙂
Do you write
full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? 
If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to
I am starting to. I start out early in the morning writing my blog
post for the day or for somewhere around the week. I find that writing my blog
posts frees up my creativity. I do most of my writing in the mornings, in the
afternoons it’s keeping up with the blog and editing and pottering about the
house 🙂
What would you say
is your interesting writing quirk?
I always have to have something with me to write on, because ideas
often come strong and fast 🙂 I have been known to walk mumbling through the
house because I had an idea I didn’t want to lose and needed to get to the
nearest pen and paper to write it down. Sometimes it doesn’t make a lot of
sense. One night I wrote this on my notepad: the turtle crossed the road quickly.
To this day I have no idea what the brilliant idea behind those words was 🙂
Now I have my smartphone as my constant writing
companion 🙂
As a child, what
did you want to be when you grew up?
I had a very detailed dream as a child 🙂 I had a house where I
wanted to live with all sorts of animals, I even knew what the house was like
and dreamed up whole rooms. The most important room was my office, where I
could write and paint and create and play 🙂 I still dream of that house today
and I know it will become reality some day 🙂
Anything additional
you want to share with the readers?
Live your passion. If you want to write, don’t let anything keep
you from it. If you are completely blocked about your writing, play yourself
through it, write something else, paint something, release fear’s hold on you
and just do it!

Great advice, Sylvia. Thanks for stopping here as you tour your novella.

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