Eleven Questions with Terminus Author Violette Meier
1). How did your writing journey begin?
I have been writing since I was twelve years old. My first love was poetry, then my passion escalated to short stories and novels.
2). Who are your writing inspirations?
My great grandmother is probably my biggest writing inspiration. I grew up sitting at her feet listening to her weave the most fantastic tales. The supernatural became a part of our natural world as she told me stories of haints (ghosts), mermaids, and other curious beasts. Honestly, I had a difficult time separating fact from fiction as a child because her stories were so convincing. Her ghost stories were claimed as fact, the strange creatures- not so much. It is only natural that I write under the umbrella of speculative fiction under the genres of fantasy, paranormal, horror, and science fiction. It’s as natural to me as blinking.
3). Are you an outliner or a panster?
I am definitely a panster. Outlines put me in chains, and I am too much of a free spirit to be confined by anything. I simply write. Sometimes when my thoughts bombarded my mind, I will jot down certain things, so I won’t forget. That’s the closest I’ll get to an outline.
4). What are your favorite books?
Anything by Maya Angelou, Anne Rice, Terry Brooks or Octavia Butler. The Holy Bible, and any book about religion and mythology is always first on my list. However, I will read just about anything. I love to learn.
5). Describe your writing process.
I open my laptop and begin to type.
6). What inspired you to write “Another Day in the A”?
I was thinking about growing up in the city of Atlanta and some of the people that I knew. “Another Day in the A” was an opportunity for me to blend my hometown with the supernatural.
7). Tell us a bit about your story.
It’s about a young woman who constantly complains about her life until she meets a mysterious stranger who makes her appreciate her life more.
8). How do you feel about Atlanta being a Black Speculative Fiction hub?
I love it! Everyday I work hard to reach my demographic in Atlanta. It makes me very hopeful that my writings will reach those who will appreciate it most.
9). Will there be more stories about this character?
Probably not. Her life was just a glimpse of a Georgia peach living her life and experiencing something out of the ordinary.
10). How do we keep up with all things Violette L. Meier?
My website is VioletteMeier.com. Visit to learn more about what I’m writing, where I’m chilling, and what weird ideas are floating around in my head.
11). What advice would you give to new writers?
Write books that you want to read. Be true to your vision and creativity. Appreciate other writers, but do not mimic them. Your voice is important.
Read Violette Meier's story Another Day in the A in Terminus. Visit our State of Black Science Fiction booth at the Decatur Book Festival Labor Day weekend for a signed copy.