How can I become a professional novelist? Interview with novelist Akinobu Nobunobu, famous for “Mage Orphen”



The serialization of the sequel of the main story on the author's site began secretly, and as the title of the final volume of the short story, “Do not think this is the end!”, “ Magic Orphen ” was not really over.

Because of the high reputation of the later talks posted, it will be released as a limited-edition production of “Akita Yasunobu BOX”, which contains a number of newly written comments such as “Angel Howling” later talks. It was. On this occasion, I came to be able to interview the author Akinobu Akita, so I have heard many stories.

Background to becoming a professional novelist-“I didn't know what would happen if I applied.”
The venue for the interview was Tea Entertainment , which decided to publish “Akita Yasunobu BOX”.



GIGAZINE (G):
Akita-san was semi-selected for the Fantasia Feature Story Award at Fujimi Shobo when he was 17 years old.

Akita Yasunobu (hereinafter referred to as Akita):
Well, it was so young that I didn't know what the new face award was. There was a novel written as a typing practice for a word processor that I bought after working part-time, and it was just around the time of the deadline for the grand prize.



G:
Was it written in practice?

Akita:
Yes, I didn't know what would happen if I applied.

G:
You ’re 17 years old and you ’re a high school student. Did you write on a holiday?

Akita:
Yes, it was summer vacation. I think I was a little crazy (laughs). Because there was no air conditioner in the room at that time.

G:
It ’s amazing to be awarded for writing in such a situation.

Akita:
The jury has a memory of being violently called. It was said that the level was low this year (laughs).

G:
I see. So what was the chance to become a professional?

Akita:
There was a person in charge in the editorial department, so I brought it in for about two years while looking at the manuscript. That's why I wrote the first volume of Orphen, saying, 'Let's write something that will soon become a book.' I was going to end it with one volume, but after submitting it, the editor told me to write two volumes just in case. If I wrote a continuation while thinking 'I'm serious', the sales volume of one volume was good, so I made it into a series.

G:
Did you feel like you're going to continue from volume 3 onwards?

Akita:
The publishing schedule for these young adult paperback labels is special and has been scheduled for another year. In this month, I feel like taking out a volume. It has been in the last few years that I found that kind of special (bitter smile). So there is no way to do it yourself, but it is a feeling that you will be working on a set plan.

◆ Advice for those who want to be novelists-'I think young people can be more violent'

G:
Can you give me advice if you want to become a novelist?

Akita:
I think that it is best to write something and apply anyway, because it is an occupation like that. I hear from young people who want to be writers from people in the same industry who are instructors at school, but they are all serious. However, there is a place that seems to be somewhere like studying for an exam, and it seems that I really care about such things as `` How many summaries should I put? '', `` How to write a biography '' . But the novel is not a qualification exam, so there is somewhere around.

In my case, it was written as manuscript paper in the application guideline, so I thought it would be useless to fit commercially available manuscript paper and printed it so that it entered the 25 x 25 squares. I sent it (laughs). Of course, it's very difficult to read, so you've been told for a while, 'Ah?' But editors don't say 'I'll drop this because it doesn't follow the application guidelines', so I'm not an examiner.



Akita:
You can say how to make a story, but it doesn't make you a good girl, you can mess it up. So if you leave an impression of the editor, you will always get in touch even if you can't get a prize. Editors are really looking for something that looks interesting. If you are a professional, before you debut, you don't have to make a beautiful story for the publisher. I think young people can be more violent. I want something that says that everything in the world is crap. That's why we are recruiting newcomers.

Now is the time when the media and tools have changed and it has become interesting. I think that the way the media is changing 10 years ago or 20 years ago has changed because someone wanted to break it. It may be very sloppy, but I'd like to be more hostile, isn't it rock (laughs)? I often hear that people are all grown up, so I think it would be nice to have more people like that.

G:
Thank you very much. Is there anything that you liked about Akita-san becoming a novelist?

Akita:
I think it's better not to be a writer (laughs). As with other jobs, there are things that are fun and disgusting, so if you think a writer is a special profession, it may be tough. There is my belief, but I think I have never done anything special.

G:
People often hear that it is difficult to eat as a novelist, but is the novelist really strict?

Akita:
I live with a lot of room, but it is difficult because there is no luxury in luxury. I was originally not a full-time novelist but also a printing company operator, but it was almost impossible for me to work at the company in the day and write the novel at night in the first year and a half. So when I talked to someone about which one to quit, it was said, 'It is obviously impossible for you as an office worker.' I chose a novelist, 'I can't help it.'

G:
Did you say 'I can't'?

Akita:
My parents also told me (laughs). I didn't have much choice, of course, because I can do it (the novelist), but there is nothing else I can do.

G:
Have you had any troubles as a full-time novelist?

Akita:
It ’s very difficult to meet people. That is hard. It ’s boring to be alone.



G:
Do you work at home?

Akita:
These days, I often feel like I have to go to a place like a coffee shop, and I often work outside.

◆ About books and novels that I usually read-'Books have a part that seems like a once-in-a-lifetime chance'

G:
What kind of novels do you usually read?

Akita:
It's quite famous. I think it has changed a bit because I haven't read anything written by Japanese writers, from a long time ago. I read

Dr. Dolittle and overseas books when I was little, so I think I got used to it. After that, go to the bookstore and read what you noticed properly or what you were interested in. It was a book I bought by mistake, but when I read Vonnegut 's `` Slotter House 5 '', I was shocked like `` Is there such a great intelligence in this world '', and after that I became distracted for a while It was. There are so many books that I meet by chance.



G:
Do you have any recommendations in the novels you have read so far that you should read if you have not read it?

Akita:
Of course I think Vonnegut should be read. I also like

Terry Bisson, so it ’s a short story, but “Futari Janet” is good. It's an old book, but I think the most obvious influence is Trevenian 's “dream town”. Others are Broughtan and Douglas Adams . What was interesting a while ago was Charles Stross 's “Cruelty Archive”. I like stories, but recently I think the biography of mathematicians is also interesting. That desperate feeling (laughs).

It was fresh to understand that reading a book on topology could not be understood at all. I don't know anymore when I say 3D manifolds. But I thought, “I don't understand but there is something neat!” I think that something like that strange encounter is interesting. I believe that there is a part like a book once in a while, and there is more memory that reading books that happen to be noticed and receiving shock than reading books that you know in advance is. I'm not adventurous, but sometimes I think it's okay to have that kind of self-destruction.

G:
It ’s a rocky piece of advice.

Akita:
I'm not a locker or anything (laughs).

“Akita Yasunobu BOX” project launched-“You're on the net”
G:
Did you have a proposal for the project suddenly?

Akita:
When I started posting later on the internet as if it were a play, the editor said, “There seems to be a good response,” and he said, “Wouldn't it be a book?” But I argue that 'I'm on the net'. So, if you say something like a buy word in the selling word, “I will put together what is posted on the net into a book and still be able to make something compelling”.



G:
The amount of new writing is quite large, but was it written quite quickly after the plan was decided?

Akita:
Thanks to that, I was so angry that I was waiting for another job (laughs).

G:

So , is Bungei Shunju's “ Mental Sickness ” or the Sneaker's “ Betty the Kid ”?

Akita:
No, I did it because I couldn't delay the serialization, but there were many other manuscripts I had to do (bitter smile).

G:
What kind of content is that manuscript?

Akita:
I've been talking about writing romance for a long time, and that's one more seasonal story. It's not a story that comes out in a paperback, but I'm talking about it. I think it's important to be interesting, so I try to do something that has changed.

G:
If you are an animate, you will be given a booklet as a limited benefit .

Akita:
No, I haven't heard anything, but what about it?

Tea / entertainment representative:
Rumors that there will be an interview collection.

G:
Is it a rumor (laughs)? Then there isn't yet another writing down.

Akita:
No, I don't think I will do that (laughs).



About “Magical Orphen” recorded-“Well, is n’t it a secret?”
G:
Akita Yasunobu BOX, which was written down from Orfen's later story, serialized on Akita's site ``

Motsu Nabe's longing '', was decided to be released, but the name that was full of pronouns is back in the book Is it?

Akita:
That was fixed. There is no place where you have forgotten to fix it.

G:
Was it difficult to change your name?

Akita:
That was a lot of new writing. I wrote it and I thought, 'What are you doing?' As a result, it was a plan to do something crazy. It is a project that was completed with pom-poms, but when I tried to do it, there were specifications that I hadn't anticipated. I don't really know what it is now (laughs). There are things like festivals, or something that you don't know about.

G:
There are obviously many more new stories than the novels published on the site.

Akita:
I don't really understand the meaning of this project (laughs). It ’s definitely not profitable. However, it is a feeling that it would be fun if you could do this kind of play without bothering people.

Draw illustrations. Orphans of short-haired Kleio and blue shining Demon King's eyes are drawn



G:
The site's voting is pre-offen, but do you have any ideas such as “Children's story before becoming a teacher” or “Devil King Offen vs. Keith” that were listed as candidates?

Akita:
I think there are things that come up as ideas or ideas. In the end, I think the content is something that contains some of the three candidates.

G:
In addition to the “End of Kiesaluma” posted on the Internet, there is a feature-written “In the Promised Land”. Can you tell me what you are talking about?

Akita:
Oh, isn't it secret (laughs)? As the title says, it's a story about a relationship with your hometown, or a new place.

G:
What does pre-orfen look like? I wrote on the site that there will be many childman classes.

Akita:
Wasn't it hard to put everyone out already? I think there are some mens who haven't met each other in the main story so far, but how are those guys in the fang tower? All the members in one scene.

G:
Do you want to continue or plan to continue as the Orphen series in the future?

Akita:
No, I don't feel like “I want to continue” (laughs). There was an interesting part in this project, so if you come up with something you might think of it, but there is no particular plan.

G:
If the response of this BOX is great, it will not be continued.

Akita:
I think there is always a surprise in planning, but it's meaningless just to be surprised. Surprise is fairly easy to set up, but I think the persuasive power is important. If you find the persuasive power, you might have something to do.

“Angel Howling” later written down-“A short story I forgot for me and the editor”



G:
The story of Angel Howling is also written down, but what does this look like?

Akita:
It is a story about how to live from now on when the heroes settle down and feel calm.

G:
This project was originally triggered by the fact that Orfen's sequel was posted on the site, but did you have any requests from the readers regarding the sequel to Angel Howling?

Akita:
Angel Howling had a short story that I and the editor had forgotten after writing once, so this time it was talked about recording it. Then, because it is a corner, if I write about whether to include a talk later, it became longer than expected.

About short editions not included in the library-'I'll do it for you'
G:
In addition to the later episodes of the series, short edits that are not available as paperbacks such as “Catamari of the Rings” and “Adventures for Pano's More” are also recorded this time.

Akita:
The story of Kadokawa mini Bunko recording, things that were written a long time ago will also be recorded this time, but if you fix it here, I told myself that it was a fall over the end, I tried to record as much as possible. It shouldn't change much compared to what was previously announced.

'Pano's more adventure' that will be added in addition to the magazine publication



G:
As a short story, there was “Esperman of Love and Sorrow” in Fujimi Fantasia Bunko.

Akita:
As my boom, there was a time when I wanted to write a manuscript that was published only in a magazine and not compiled into a paperback. I thought I should write about 4 episodes of “Love and Sorrow Esperman”, but I was told that “I'm not good” and turned it into a library. Around the same time, “Ring Catamari” was written on The Sneakers with the stance that if you write, keep writing and you won't touch anything you wrote here.

G:
Oh, the work that suddenly wonders why wrestling is.

Akita:
Anyone who thinks I am making something very interesting likes professional wrestling. I don't know why. But I didn't know much about professional wrestling, so I was inferior. It was completed by saying 'I'll write by force'.

G:
Finally, do you have a word for your fans?

Akita:
People often say “Amanokaku”, but there is always a feeling of wanting to do both something strange and proper. I think readers often associate with it and feel that it is a strange one. However, I think that I want to do seriously with a strange reason for a strange thing, so I would appreciate it if you could watch it with tolerance.

G:
Thank you for your time today.

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Akita Yasunobu BOX ' is a limited edition production and the deadline is until October 30th. Release is December 22, 2009 and the price is 7350 yen.


© 2009 Yoshinobu Akita

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