Today we’re joined by George-Anne Carnegie. George-Anne is a wonderful writer who writes mostly fanfiction. They specialize in fantasy and supernatural horror. They’re also working on a few ordinary stories. It’s very clear they’re a passionate writer, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I write stories on Wattpad, under the username ‘Supernaturalaholic12’. I mainly write fantasy/supernatural horror/fanfic, but I have a few ordinary (non-supernatural) stories coming up, though. I also do edits from time to time, but do not consider it my main field.
What inspires you?
The thing that first inspired me to start writing was J. K. Rowling’s book series Harry Potter. I was forced to read the first book in Year Three (Second Grade) for a book report contest we have. Since then, I have become obsessed with books, TV shows, and movies alike. (Fun Fact: I couldn’t find anything that grasped my interest for two years after Harry Potter, so I just kept reading them over and over. I read them seventeen times in a row!)
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I first got interested in actually writing down my ideas three years after I began reading. I wrote four chapters more than I was supposed to for a piece of homework in Year Five (Fourth Grade). Shortly after, a good friend of mine (at the time, we now hate each other) introduced me to Wattpad, a writing and reading site he had discovered through a German friend. I started my first story, and it was a train wreck (I deleted it).
In all honesty, I hated the idea of writing and reading for quite a few years. I couldn’t understand the allure, and barely understood the themes. Teachers would get angry at me when I couldn’t read some of the words, or stuttered when reading aloud. This all led to me hating books, until Year Three (Second Grade). After that, I wanted to write something so bad, but my spelling and handwriting were horrendous, and I wasn’t allowed on the computer. In Year Five (Fourth Grade), I was given a tutor in school to take me out of lessons and give me extra English help, as I had fallen behind the rest of the damn school (Note: My school is a very high-achieving school. Currently in Year Eight, three years before our GSCE’s, most of the class have passed old GSCE tests with flying colors.). After this, I became determined to write. I began practicing my handwriting, spelling, and grammar. It took a while, but at the end of Year Six I could join my handwriting, had exceptional spelling, and was better at marking grammar than the high school teachers. My handwriting was still pretty bad, but it was a lot easier to read by that point. By this point my stutter had all but cleared up (it wasn’t all that bad in the first place, but it would act up really bad whenever I was nervous), and I mainly only stuttered when tired or extremely stressed. I was reading almost obsessively, mainly to better my spelling and vocabulary. By Year Seven (Eight Grade), I was top of the class, and was beginning to write my own novel. I later scrapped it. I am writing on Wattpad, though. It was around this time (mid-Year Seven (Eighth Grade) that I found out why I had a stutter, among other problems, both mentioned here and not. I was diagnosed with Autism.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
I guess the only universal feature in all my work is I try to represent all communities/genders/sexualities and so on.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Don’t let anyone tell you your work is bad. If you love it, do it. Listen to constructive criticism. Take it in to account, and then choose your own way to get better. Believe in yourself. You can do it.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Currently as a Grey-Ace.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Most ace prejudice I come across is simply because of misinformation. I tend to correct any misinformation I come across, and then leave them to educate themselves with it.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
The most common misconception would be that we want humanity to ‘crash and burn’ (literal quote from my dad) because we don’t want to continue the human race.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Trust yourself. Nobody can know you better than yourself. Don’t force it. You’ll come to terms with yourself eventually.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
You can find my Wattpad at www.wattpad.com/user/Supernaturalaholic12, which has my Facebook and Twitter. My Facebook has any other platforms you may wish to contact me on. If there are any others you want to know, feel free to message me.
Thank you, George-Anne for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.