Nozomi Okumura adores fantasy of every shape and style, and they long to write stories in that vein for as long as humanly possible. They crawled out from the depths of their Twitter feed long enough to string some words together, and ‘Solomon’s Prime Key’ (in The Book of Demons) is the result – a result they are extremely excited to share with you!
What drew you to The Book of Demons?
I came across The Book of Witches project a while back, and it was great to see a collection of fiction explicitly designed to tackle a historically marginalized group of people. I got talking with A J Dalton, and he invited me to write in his next project, which was surprising! Joining a project like this isn’t an opportunity you pass up.
What is the inspiration behind your story?
There’s a lot of attention paid to demons as inscrutable forces of immense power. They creep behind the curtain, reaching out on occasion to inflict their will on us, for good or ill. I wanted to flip the script a little, and slot them comfortably into our normal lives. What would that look like? How would that work?
How long have you been writing?
For as long as I can remember! I cut my teeth on a whole bunch of different personal projects, and it’s only in the last couple of years that I’ve really landed on stories I think are worth sharing.
What’s your writing philosophy? What drives you to write?
Firstly, pay attention to the questions you ask, and pay even more attention to the answers you give.
Secondly, I love telling stories. It doesn’t get more complicated than that, to be honest. So long as I have stories to tell and I’m having fun telling them, I think I’ll keep writing.
Thanks to Nozomi Okumura