Check out this author spotlight for Belart Wright!
You can find all his links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out his books!
1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!
My name is Belart Wright, the offspring of some fantasy author’s imagination. He thought he was clever by mixing up his own name to create my first name and referencing his profession to create my surname. As a mere construction, I am an author in the Sci-Fi, LitRPG, GameLit, Fantasy, and Horror genres. I also like videogames and lukewarm tea!
2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!
Winter, spring, summer or autumn?
It’s typically Winter for me, but that’s starting to change now that I have an automobile. I like the two in-between seasons. Between Fall and Spring, I think I’m more of a Fall guy. It’s even got two names, how neat is that. Maybe we should split the difference and call it Fallumn, no?
Plotter or pantser?
I’m non-ironically both, in equal measure. As a matter of fact my MBTI is equally split at INFP and INTP so I’m very active in both the thinking and feeling parts of my personality. I plot out my entire book and then break that down further into chapters. I’m not overly detailed but I can be. The trick is that I allow my characters to smash through my chapter outline whenever they feel like it which usually enhances the story. I can’t seem to control them so they just kind of do what they want and I have to course correct and write around them all the time. Oy!
Pen and paper or computer/phone?
Nothing trumps pen and paper. I’ve felt like such a stranger working strictly from my laptop these last few years. I decided to do so for efficiency’s sake since I often had to transcribe my novels from my notebooks to my laptop. The writing flow generated from notebook work is unmatched for me. My next project will thankfully take me back to my pen and paper roots. It’s not the most efficient, but nothing beats it.
Standalone or series?
I’ve been writing series for a few years now and while I’ve always liked series and other types of longform storytelling, I had only envisioned that a select few of my projects would be series. I have a newfound respect for standalone books now, since I believe there’s something a little more pure about them. I have a few fun series still in the pipeline, but once those are done I’m more interested in writing standalone stories.
Hero or anti-hero?
I sometimes trick myself into thinking I’m more of an anti-hero guy but I really tend to like heroes that look like anti-heroes—the dark, brooding, and gothic types. Batman is a good example of that. Don’t get me wrong, many of my favorite characters are indeed anti-heroes, but there’s something about the selfless and self-sacrificing type that I find incredibly noble. Maybe it’s the fact that they’re selfless and self-sacrificing … yeah that’s it!
3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?
The hidden protector & hidden society tropes usually get me good especially in Urban Fantasy stories. I like when there’s a whole world of danger and adventure that’s hidden in plain sight that most mundane folk aren’t aware of. Harry Potter was one of the first books to introduce me to this decades ago but it was prevalent in many cartoons and anime from my childhood.
4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!
The genres most comfortable to me are Dark Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Action/Adventure, Urban Fantasy, LitRPG, and GameLit. My stories typically cross genres, taking bits and pieces from everything I like. My latest project, Hell’s Glitch is a great example of this. Most of my other upcoming projects such as a WIP visual novel currently codenamed Stone Heart will also cross genres.
5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
I’ve so far published 10 books, but I’ve removed them from the digital storefronts in order to focus on strengthening my brand and marketing strategy. I’m currently relaunching my most popular series Hell’s Glitch which had a great run when it was first published in 2016. It’s been off of digital bookshelves for over a year now. I’d like to get a much better version of the story in the hands of even more people in 2022. You can find the preorder for the book at https://kdp.amazon.com/B09MKTK4LM with the scheduled publication date being May 25, 2022.
6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!
I draw inspiration from every part of my brain which was inundated with cartoons, videogames, anime, movies, books, and comics growing up. I pull a ton from childhood, but with something like Hell’s Glitch I drew heavy inspiration from the videogames, books, and anime I’ve consumed as an adult. The works of George R. R. Martin, J.K. Rowling, Kentaro Miura, Norihiro Yagi, abec, Reki Kawahara, and Hidetaka Miyazaki all influence Hell’s Glitch for instance.
7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!
My routine seems to change from project to project. I just write whenever I can, wherever I can, with whatever I can get my hands on. I’m getting back to writing consistently which hasn’t been easy these last few years so I think I can and should develop a consistent routine.
8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?
I’d tell him to work on what he likes and stay consistent with it. If I had more time, I’d also break down all the publishing/marketing/formatting knowledge I’ve gained over the years. It’d be nice to have that earlier in life.
9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!
Thank you! You can find me at all those fancy links below or email me directly at belartwrightlitrpg at gmail dot com with any questions, comments, or concerns regarding my work. Take care!
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