Karren Seña identified two major influences that shaped her sensibilities as a writer of young adult fantasy fiction: the stories she read and heard in her childhood; and RPG games such as Diablo, Final Fantasy, and others. In terms of form and structure, her aesthetics is guided by her awareness to not alienate the readers. She expressed that she has always been conscious of her target audience and of the importance of making them feel connected to her work. When writing, Seña is always excited about the possibilities borne from the narrative’s movement and from pushing the limits of world-building. Her current project, The Lost Chronicles of Eden: Heroes, attempts to reconcile what she perceives as the conflict between mythology and religion. This concern, Seña adds, is also present in her earlier novel, Champions.
Faith and the Fantastic: The Juxtaposition of the Sacred and the Secular in Philippine Catholic Literature
(What I Write, How, and Why?)
I made that up to sound really smart.
There are two sides to my writing that I’m currently known for, that I’m familiar with: the first being the instigator of this small social media movement called Project: Beautiful Words, and the second being a story-teller — a fictionist, if you will — and the author of Champions.
I’d start with Project: Beautiful Words, because that’s what I do almost every day. It was initially a hash tag, one that I used so I could keep track of my posts on Facebook. These posts are random musings about life, faith, love, and all things motivational and inspirational. I started writing them early in 2015 because I wanted to make sense of this mad, mad world. Or my mad, mad life. The very first #projectbeautifulwords I posted was called “Better Days” and it reads like this: