An Interview with Contemporary Romance Author, Esther Star

AARON C. YEAGLE: What is the first book that made you cry.

ESTHER STAR: In fourth grade my teach read Where the Red Fern Grows to our entire class. Every single one of us, including Dr. Nutt, cried like babies.

AARON: What was an early experience where you learned that language held power?

ESTHER: The first time my mom washed my mouth out with soap.

AARON: What period of your life do you find you write about most often?

ESTHER: The relatively homeless netherworld of college and it’s immediate beyond.

AARON: Does your family support your career as a writer?

ESTHER: Yes. They believed in me before I believed in myself.

AARON: What is your favorite childhood book?

ESTHER: Watership Down

AARON: What is your writing Kryptonite?

ESTHER: Social media exposure to current events.

AARON: Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?

ESTHER: I do. I’m finally at a place where I can accept that writing is my purpose. That putting into words what is in my heart will help to make the world a better place for at least one more person. I haven’t always had that conviction. I havent’ always looked at my astrological chart, read it for what it is and followed the tip of my kite right into being an Esther Star. I have been told by guides for years to write about the things Pluto governs in a balanced and sacred way. That this is the path to my bliss and the fulfillment of my purpose. God works in mysterious ways and it took the magic that is 2020 to crack open my cosmic egg and bring to light what has taken over a decade to gestate.

AARON: Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

ESTHER: This business of writing has always been about the bigger picture for me. One of the things I like best about the romance genre is the world building and a solid series based on bonds between beautiful people. So that’s what I’ve set out to create from the very beginning. When the town of Boldene came to my mind and the girls all settled there, I knew I’d be writing at least four books in this series.

AARON: How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

ESTHER: Two unpublished, three half-finished.

AARON: Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?

ESTHER: Ada or Ardor by Vladimir Nabokov. That book is epic, epic, epic romance.

AARON: How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?

ESTHER: A full decade. Although it is possible to argue that between motherhood and homeschooling, I’m still part-time!

AARON: What did you edit out of this book?

ESTHER: Four POVs!

AARON: If you didn’t write, what you would do for work?

ESTHER: I’ve been better at answering that question than I’d like to admit. I’ve done all sorts of work, but it boils down to service in one way or another, and helping people heal or jump orbits in their lives.

AARON: What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?

ESTHER: Social media. Isn’t that ironic?

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