Interview with R.E. Collins, Author of The Keepers of the Sacred Elements

13 Dec 2023

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write The Keepers of the Sacred Elements?

I wanted to challenge myself after I was reminded of how much that I loved to write in my youth, so I took the challenge starting in 2020 after nagging encouragement from my sister. I thought, let’s be as creative as possible and let my imagination run a little wild, and that is what I did.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of The Keepers of the Sacred Elements, what would they be?

I’m free–The soup dragon’s, It’s the End of the World as we know it–REM and Lost – NF. featuring Hopsin.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

At the moment I am big into apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic, and zombie fiction, which is definitely a far cry from what I have written in my first work.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

I have waiting in queue the Series of Adrian’s Undead Diary by Chris Phibrook, as well as the new Scott Medbury called, “The Drifter Series,” and I am currently reading A Treasury of Irish Literature, which features some poems and stories of great Irish writers.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

I surprised myself with Gigi finding her old friend Acamar, the star–I hadn’t planned on that and it has sent my imagination wild for up-coming children’s book ideas which are fermenting and brewing in the back of my mind. This kind of happened more than once throughout the story and I allowed myself to explore and expand and deviate from my story arcs.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

Maybe I have more finnicky than quirky habits. Usually, I am a pretty easy-going and flexible person. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case when I sit down to write, I am a bit like the grinch. I have certain expectations such as no noise, perfect temperature, and no interruptions.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Shut your eyes and do it anyway! Meaning do what you scares you regardless of timidity or fear.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

I would love readers to reignite their imaginations. There is incredible power to create and develop when the imagination is released in us. I would love people to remember that there is always hope.


R.E. Collins is the author of the new book The Keepers of the Sacred Elements: Book 1

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