Author Interview with Dora Gonzalez

I present to you all Dora Gonzalez!

1. What genre are your books?

I write in many genres, fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, and romance. Under my real name I mainly write fantasy and modern fantasy.

2. What draws you to this genre?

Fantasy has always been an extra bonus in the reading to escape, reading to entertain concept. Huge fan of magic, dragons, knights, and everything that is beyond the normal that is why I am a big fan of science fiction. Fantasy is just the easier of the two and you can get away with more.

3. What project are you working on at the moment?

I am currently working on book two of The Five Kingdoms of Severi series and wrapping up a fantasy/modern fantasy story under my alias, Estela Avery.

4. What’s it about?

Book Two of the series picks up about a month after The Five Kingdoms of Severi. The story continues with Edwin trying to recover what he lost and Alden unable to refuse helping him. New threats arise for our heroes and other main characters. Book Two promises to have a great reveal like the first one and I am thrilled to be writing it.
My other book, A Prince From Another World, written under my alias is about a young man who stumbles across a prince, you guessed it, from another world. He must find a way to get him back and fight off the evils trying to kill them both.
There are sword fights, magical creatures of lore, and magic in both stories.

5. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is special?

Edwin starts off ordinary, or at least he was brought up that way, but he is far more than that. He is the last of the two remaining Royal Protector, beings of magic whose sole purpose is to protect their royal counterparts. His village is attacked and he is injured. Though driven with guilt and sadness of his parents’ death, he finds the courage to do what is right and wise. He soon discovers what makes him so special and the sacrifices he must make to save the Five Kingdoms of Severi.

6. Have you written anything else?

Yes, but unfortunately they all aren’t quite ready for publication. Some are in the mist of revision, editing, others still in their first drafts. The Five Kingdoms of Severi will be my first book that has been completed.

7. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I love to write, don’t know how I took so long to do so or why I ever stopped. I hope to continue delivering stories others look forward to reading. I plan to wrap up The Five Kingdoms of Severi with four books, the last one being its prequel, completing A Prince From Another World with two books but leaving it open if I ever decide to return to the characters and worlds. There are many genres I want to write in, many ideas to explore, so here is to countless years of writing and publishing.

8. Which writers inspire you?

I have read countless books, many which inspire me years after I have last read them, but the ones that I always return to are those by Stephen King, Piers Anthony, R.A. Salvatore, and Brian Jacques. On the more romantic side I have to go with Nora Roberts.

9. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?

I decided to pick up writing and see it through to the end no matter how many bad reviews I might get, how many disappointed comments, in January of 2012. That was the year I turned my fan fiction readying days into fan fiction writing ones and never looked back. Many writer’s blocks, a few bad reviews, and countless encouraging ones, I decided to write my own stories and The Five Kingdoms of Severi was born.
After two years, going to three, I continue to write for the same reasons I read. I love to discover new worlds, fall in love with characters and cheer them to victory. I write because I enjoy it, if others enjoy my works that gives me the courage and desire to write even more.

10. Do you have a special time or place to write?

No, I used to have a schedule but besides being a writer, I am also a cover illustrator and artist. I also record the audio to The Five Kingdoms of Severi series and dabble in any other artistic endeavor I can get my hands on. That leaves me to write when and where I can, it be early or late hours of the day, when my son is at school, asleep, or preoccupied with homework or playing.

11. Where do you get your inspiration?

I get my inspiration from all around me, the countless books I have read, the movies I love to watch, and day to day things that seem to spark an idea. I write all these tidbits down as prompts for when that idea starts to unravel into a story I have a reminder and a guide.

12. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?

I am a pantser all the way. I only start with the basic thoughts and what the ending will be. I know point A to point Z and fill in the rest along the way. There are times that some of those points get revised many times over or deleted all together.
I have tried outlines, but only very basic ones for several scenes or chapters when I seem to get stuck or at a loss to keep writing.

13. Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it?

Oh yes. I remember the first time I ever got writer’s block. I wrote nothing for almost two weeks. A bad comment in one of my stories zapped the desire and ability to write. I overcame writer’s block by following Dorothea Brande’s words of advice from her book Becoming A Writer. I thought about the scenes that were to follow day and night, while I ate, worked, and slept. I thought about it all the time until I couldn’t wait to write it down. Every time I find myself falling into writer’s block I pick up that book and read a few chapters and think of my unwritten scenes.

14. What is the hardest thing for you about writing?

Editing. I am thankful that I am not an editor. Punctuation, grammar, syntax has never been my strong suit, in fact it was the subject I least liked in high school. My sister once told me I held the record for the longest run on sentence. Good thing my writing has improved drastically these past two years.
Revising is another. I used to cling to each word I wrote and refused to delete it. Now, deleting entire scenes is done in a blink of an eye, at times by accident.

15. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?

I like holding cover reveals, book launch events, and blog interviews. I think word of mouth is the best way to get your book known and I love interacting with readers and authors alike. Why not make friends along with a reading audience?
That doesn’t mean I don’t partake in advertising and other marketing tools, I just enjoy these get stuck or at a loss to keep writing.

16. How much research do you do?

I really hate research only because I am scared to get it wrong. What if I research the wrong time period, or looked up the wrong item? Since I mainly write fiction and prefer to make up a large amount, the time spend on research isn’t as much as other authors.
I research various time periods concentration only on their attire, what they ate and drank, etc…things that will help make my world more believable and yet not restrain me. I base the rest on what I have seen or read in other books and shows.

17. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

Computer, I type very fast. Though I do tend to switch to longhand from time to time. I would say Computer 90% of the time and longhand 10%. Writing longhand is another great way to beat writer’s block.

18. What are some of your favorite books?

My two favorite books are Rulers of Darkness by Steven Spruill and Wings of a Falcon by Cynthia Voigt.

19. Are you currently reading any books?

Yes, I just finished Warriors of Camlann by Doug Goodman and Mer by Jade M. Phillips and am reading A Soldier’s Duty (Theirs Not to Reason Why) by Jean Johnson. All interesting books.

20. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

I tend to hang out on Facebook and have my own writing blog where I review books, do cover reveals, and post excerpts of my works. Would love to have you all stop by any of my hangouts or website. You can also find me over at my publisher’s website BigWorldNetwork.com.

Website: http://weblightdreams.synthasite.com/
Blog: https://enchantedtalesoftheromantickind.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDoraGonzalez?ref=bookmarks
Twitter: @van_maniac

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“The Darkling Tide” by Travis Simmons

5-Stars! Just like with the first one, Plague of Shadows, I couldn’t put this one down either. If all nine books were currently out, I would have to call in sick to work just to finish reading them all. The monsters are addictively creepy and sometimes even a pretty face in the dark shouldn’t be trusted. In this book, Abagail and her companions find this out the hard way. I highly recommend this book to everyone searching for a fresh thrilling series.

Copyright © Travis Simmons
Copyright © Travis Simmons

“A Plague of Shadows (Book One)” by Travis Simmons

First off, the reason for a 4-star review is because this book had parts in the beginning and briefly towards the middle that confused me as if there wasn’t a clear plot. After pushing past that, I became so caught up in Abagail’s story that I literally couldn’t put the book down. This book introduces new creatures that go bump in the night and that will raise the hair of any adult. Wanting to know the purpose of these creatures and what variety of them are in this novel, I read its entirety and was not disappointed by what lurks in its pages. I am starting the sequel, Darkling Tide, tonight and don’t think I’ll be able to put it down either. I highly recommend this to everyone that loves a dark thrill between their book pages!

Copyright © Travis Simmons
Copyright © Travis Simmons

Author Interview with Lee Duigon

May I present to you all Lee Duigon!

1. What genre are your books?

They are a certain kind of fantasy in which I try to generate wonder without recourse to magic.

2. What draws you to this genre?

I’ve always loved myths, legends, tall tales, and fantasy. I guess I just never outgrew Sinbad stories. Also, I find fantasy gives me scope to tell the kind of story I want to tell. In fantasy, within limits, anything goes.

3. What project are you working on at the moment?

The Glass Bridge, Book #7 in my Bell Mountain series, was just published late in January, and in a few months we’ll get into editing Book #8, The Temple. Come spring, I hope to be ready to start writing the next book in the series. But for the time being, I’m just recharging my novel-writing batteries.

4. What’s it about?

Well, I’ll have to continue the story from where I left it in The Temple. The series is about religious upheaval and revival, political chaos, and the fortunes and adventures of a number of main characters. One good thing about an ongoing seriesyou always have a logical starting-point. But when it comes to details, as yet I have no idea what the new book will be about!

5. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is special?

Writing eight books leaves you with a lot of main characters. Let me just mention a few of them. Jack, a poor boy, and Ellayne, a rich girl: they climbed Bell Mountain in obedience to God’s calling, and have survived many adventures since then. Ryons, a slave boy: descended from the last anointed king, he finds himself made King of Obann by the grace of God, with an army composed of men from many nations of the Heathen, and a destiny he can’t begin to understand. Gurun, a girl from a faraway island in the North: it seems her destiny is to be queen of a country that her people know only from the ancient Scriptures. Martis, a former assassin for the Temple: originally sent out to murder Jack and Ellayne, he has taken an oath to defend them for as long as he lives.
What they do that is special is to surviveunder very difficult circumstancesand to try to carry out God’s will, even when it’s hard to understand. They have to do it without magic, without super-powers or magical implements: by courage, by hard work and endurance, and by faith.

6. Have you ever written anything else?

You should see the pile of my novels that were never published! Some twenty-five years ago, I did succeed in getting four of my horror novels published; but that stopped when the horror market collapsed. The sheer quantity appalls me. I’m not counting the writing I’ve done as a newspaper man.

7. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

Principally, to create a body of work that will be of lasting value to readers, that will live longer than I do, and that will give glory to God and be useful in His service.

8. Which writers inspire you?

ManyWalter R. Brooks, L. Frank Baum, Kenneth Grahame, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Agatha Christie, Arthur Upfield, Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, of course, Sir Thomas Malorythe list could go on for quite a ways.

9. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?

By the time I was ten, I was making up monster stories to amuse my friends. I was brought up with a love of reading, and this made me want to create good books and stories of my own. By the time I was in high school, I saw that writing and story-telling were the things I was best at. In fact, I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t writing.
I think I write because I have to. My head would explode if I were somehow prevented from writing. I don’t think there’s any other kind of work that would make me happy. After all, we all want to do what we do best. Don’t we?

10. Do you have a special time or place to write?

When I’m writing a book, I like to work outside during spring, summer, and fall.

11. Where do you get your inspiration?

Mostly I pray for it. But everything is grist for the millmy own life experiences, history, movies, books, current events, and the Bible. I try to steep myself in the Bible, in hope that it will inform the kinds of stories I write. Also, I get a lot of ideas from dreams.

12. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?

I used to outline like nobody’s businessthorough biographies for each and every character, and rafts of index cards, color-coded to the subplots so I could put them in lots of different arrangements until I found the best one.
Now I merely tell the story as it comes to me. I can hardly believe I do that. It shouldn’t workand yet it does.

13. Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it?

What with my books, my daily blog posts ( http://leeduigon.com/ ), my weekly column for News With Views, and my regular assignments for my employer, The Chalcedon Foundation, if I ever came down with writer’s block, I’d be in big trouble. But I think having so many different things, and different kinds of things, that I have to writereally have tostops writer’s block before it starts.

14. What is the hardest thing for you about writing?

For me the hardest thing is not knowing whether my work is having any impact. And once I’m in the zone, I find it hard to deal with interruptionspeople calling you up to sell you stuff you don’t want, quarrelsome neighbors, etc. When my wife sees I’m really into it, she does her best to shield me.

15. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?

You could take a stray cat off the street, and it would know more about marketing than I do. My focus is very narrowcontent, content, content. Nevertheless, my publisher, Storehouse Press, is so small that they’ve made me responsible for my own publicity, etc.areas in which I am not skilled at all. I’m grateful they’ve got all my books up on amazon.com and provided me with a blog which is supposed to stir up interest in me and my work, I should live so long…

16. How much research do you do?

If you’re writing fantasy, everything you read about and see and hear is research. After all, you want the reader to be able to believe in your fantasy, so you have to make it realistic. So if you’re writing about, say, dragons, which don’t really exist, read everything you can find about dragons so you can imagine and then create a dragon that’s believable. Preferably one that doesn’t talk like a 12-year-old text messaging.

17. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

My first draft is always longhand, on a legal pad, and my finished product is typed on the computer. I would never try to compose an original on the computer: it’s too fast, not enough time to think.

18. What are some of your favorite books/authors?

C.S. Lewis, “The Chronicles of Narnia” Tolkien, “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” Agatha Christie, the Miss Marple mysteries (amazing! an unarmed detective who can’t beat up the bad guys or even run away) Edgar Rice Burroughs, “The Chessmen of Mars” (totally wild and crazy, and yet totally believable) Jules Verne, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”
Gee, look at thatit seems I read mostly old stuff. Well, that’s one way you know it’s good stuffbecause it’s still here, and still a great read, after such a long time has passed.

19. Are you currently reading any books?

I’m always flabbergasted when I encounter someone who wants to be a writer, and yet doesn’t read much. The only way you can learn how to be a writer is to read incessantly! There’s no substitute for it. So of course I’m currently reading booksjust now, Inspector Ghote’s Good Crusade (1966, more old stuff) by H.R.F. Keating, which I missed the first time around, and which is royally entertaining me.

20. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Well, um, they could read my books! And there’s always my blog, http://leeduigon.com/ , where you can click “Books” to see cover art, blurbs, and sample chapters from all my books. Plus there’s a new post every day; quite a few of them have to do with my take on the art of writing fiction.

Author Interview with Gwen Selix

I present to my lovely readers my awesome friend, Gwen Selix!

1. What genre are your books?

Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal

2. What draws you to this genre?

I like that I can make it up as I go there are no rules for me to really follow.

3. What project are you working on at the moment?

I am working on several. I am currently editing House on the Hill my next major novel. I am also working slowly on Premonition book 2 in the Evermore Trilogy. As well as a few other projects that are to be titled.

4. What’s it about?

House on the Hill is my major project right now.
No one ever forgets their first time in the House. But for Rebecca it is an escape from the Hell she lives in. Will she find meaning to her poor life or will the Monster come to claim her yet again.

5. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is special?

Rebecca is a young girl who has lived in a nightmare her entire life. She desperately wants to escape the life she has been living but doesn’t know how. Not until one rainy night she takes a chance and winds up on the ride of a life time.

6. Have you written anything else?

My first book Shadows of Pandora was released last year and is currently being edited to go back up for a second edition.

7. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I want people to be touched by my work. And honestly my dream is to have my own Fandom.

8. Which writers inspire you?

J.K.Rowling, F Scott Fitzgerald. Jane Austen, Shelly Crane, Cassie Mae, Jessica Verday, J.R.R. Tolkin

9. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?

I decided I wanted to become a writer when I was really little around the age of three actually. I write because if I don’t my brain may actually explode. I have so many ideas swirling around in my head and I love it.

10. Do you have a special time or place to write?

I write whenever I can. No really special time. I like to sit on my best friends bedroom floor and write with her.

11. Where do you get your inspiration?

Everywhere. Music, Pictures, art, life around me.

12. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?

I prefer to see where my ideas take. I get stuck if I outline and keep a plan of where I am supposed to go.

13. Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it?

I get it way more than I care to admit. I usually take that as my time to read and refresh my brain. Stephen King once said “To be a great writer you have to be a great reader.” I take that to heart and read as often as I can. I also use Harry Potter. When I am having a really bad block I will pop in one of those movies and it clears my brain and inspiration hits.

14. What is the hardest thing for you about writing?

Getting a book finished. I am always getting more ideas in my head and I want to write the new story. I have to force myself to focus.

15. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?

I make banners and promote online as much as I can.

16. How much research do you do?

Depends on my book. With Shadows it was months of research on Greek Mythology.

17. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

Computer and long hand usually. I love writing long hand I get less distracted that way. I wish I had a typewriter. I have been begging for one for ages now. Someday I hope to have one. I want a good old fashioned one.

18. What are some of your favorite books/authors?

The Great Gatsby is my all-time favorite book. I have read it so many times. I honestly have no idea why. I also love the Harry Potter series. I find most of my inspiration from there. Alice in Wonderland, Secret Garden, and A little Princess. Are some of the earliest books I can remember reading.

19. Are you currently reading any books?

Several, I am reading  Gemini by Penelope Ward, Blythwood by Carol Goodman, Switched by Amanda Hocking.

20. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Website:  http://gwenselix.com/
Blog: gwenselixsnovelblog
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gwenselix
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GwenSelix
Lnkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/edit?trk=hb_tab_pro_top
Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/gwenmalfoy/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Gwen-Selix/e/B00J783Z12/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1423255954&sr=8-1
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7787961.Gwen_Selix
Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/user/GwenMalfoy

Author Interview with Michael Rockwell

Here is an interview with my good friend, Michael Rockwell.

1. What genre are your books?

It varies depending on the book at hand. My current book that has my attention mostly is a light romance novel with some magic thrown in there. While the other one, including the ones that follow it, is a mix of many genres into one. Most of my books tend to be a mix.

2. What draws you to this genre?

Personally I am not a fan of sticking with just one specific genre. I think limiting myself to one genre puts a strangle on myself as to what I want to do in the story itself.

3. What project are you working on at the moment?

Currently I am working on two books. The Fox And The Wolf is currently the one I am focusing on and plan to publish first.

4. What’s it about?

The story is about a guy named Wolf, who ends up meeting this mysterious woman in his life that ends up changing him for the better. It’s a very simple story, a short story, but it has more depth to it then it seems.

5. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is special?

I like to think the most special thing about this character, is that there isn’t anything special. He’s the only main character I have thought up who is just a regular guy who just dreams big in life.

6. Have you written anything else?

I have written in the past but nothing has ever come about them. One day though, they will be released onto the world.

7. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I hope to achieve a sense of inspiring people in a way. In every story I write, I try to create and underlining message to the reader in hopes they learn something. Be it about love, getting over death, overcoming your greatest fears. Another thing I hope to achieve is that a reader messages me or tells me face to face that I made them shed a tear because of what they read. If I can do just that, I know I am doing something right.

8. Which writers inspire you?

In all honestly, I never read much growing up. I used to think reading was a chore for book reports. So granted, not a lot of writers inspired me. The only two that come to mind that inspired me would be JK Rowling and Tom Clancy. Though if I had to count more than book writers, I would also count many screenplay writers for games and films.

9. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?

This one is confusing to answer specifically because I had gone back and forth for so long that it’s hard to keep track haha. It wasn’t until two years ago that I finally decided that writing out these stories into books was the way to go. When this all began for me, it was fifth grade. I had just began my artistic life and ended up creating my first original character, who will eventually get his own book down the line. So ever since then, I have strived to tell people the stories that ooze out of my skull. I went from wanting to make my own comic books, to making my own films. It was until High School that the thought of writing a book came to mind, and even then I was unsure. To me, it felt like a lost dream, that maybe it would never happen. I know though that when you have a mind of a writer, a mind I know too well, you can’t keep these ideas in your head. You need to let it out, let people see what lurks inside that crazy mind of ours. That’s why I write.

10. Do you have a special time or place to write?

I like to write during my lunch hour or right after work. It’s best to do it then because I feel more awake. On my days off I feel more tired and exhausted.

11. Where do you get your inspiration?

I’ve gotten my inspiration from all sorts of things be it books, comics, films and video games. My two current books were actually inspired by music and a dream.

12. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?

I work on an outline, but I don’t tend to write it down. It’s all stashed away in my memory.

13. Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it?

I do at times. The way I overcome it is taking breaks. That’s one thing I can’t do is write constantly. I have learned in the past that if I focus so much attention on a book, I’ll drive myself insane. So when I do take my breaks, I use my time while working at my job to think on where I am at in the story, and think of how to fix it. Usually I end up fixing it in a day or two.

14. What is the hardest thing for you about writing?

Making sure dialogue sounds natural and real. I hate making things sound forced.

15. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?

Well I haven’t begun marketing yet but once I get closer to my first publishing date, I plan to use my Youtube channel to market it off. There are still certain things I am trying to figure out as well, but for now Youtube will be my big marketing area.

16. How much research do you do?

Well for my current book, I am not looking to do much research. I am wanting it to be accurate, but at the same time I don’t want to limit myself too much. The book is being written for a reason, a reason I can’t say right now. So because of that, certain things were done to be more in tune with what I am aiming at. But books like my main series, I try do as much research as possible.

17. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

Computer

18. What are some of your favorite books/authors?

The Harry Potter series holds a big magical wand to my heart.

19. Are you currently reading any books?

I was currently reading “Gone Girl”, but life put that on hold. I have so much stuff going on in my life that I really don’t have much time just enjoying myself. I have writing, Youtube, a job, and a girlfriend to put all my focus on so I don’t have time to read or watch movies as much as I used to.

20. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

For now I do not have a Facebook page for my writing. When I do though, you can always follow me on my Facebook page linked below.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Man-Of-Justice-21/171794436234445
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ManOfJustice21

Author Interview with Eli Carrow

I present to you all an interview with a dear friend of mine, Eli Carrow.

1. What genre are your books?

My primary genre is Fantasy but I also write thrillers and horror.

2. What draws you to this genre?

Ever since I first read Lord of the Rings as a 10 year old I have been hooked on the whole fantasy thing from reading through to roleplay.

3. What project are you working on at the moment?

Provisionally titled Kosar’s Legacy, it’s a mish mash of Lovecraft, zombie apocalypse and epic fantasy.

4. What’s it about?

The underlying theme is that all actions have consequences. We see the consequences of Kosar’s actions have their ultimate effect hundreds of years later on the lives of Kallian and Lysanne, two ordinary young lovers whose lives are irrevocably torn apart.

5. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is special?

Lysanne is the adopted daughter of a blacksmith who by chance absorbs the essence of a dragon and begins to exhibit many physical changes and strange abilities. Before long it becomes apparent that she is far more than she used to be which comes in handy as the….oh, don’t want to reveal too much! I’ll stop there!

6. Have you written anything else?

An apocalyptic Superhero story set in the last few days before an overwhelming alien invasion. A hitman love story written in the first person. A serial killer crime thriller. A galaxy spanning sci-fi epic and a couple of others. Most are in first draft at the most but I’ll finish them soon enough!

7. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

Aim for the stars, hope for the moon. I want what every writer wants of course- to be the next J K Rowling!

8. Which writers inspire you?

Patrick Rothfuss, Dan Worth, Dan Abnet, Brian Lumley, Tolkien, Lovecraft, Terry Goodkind, David Eddings and the many writers of the Dragonlance novels.

9. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?

I’ve always had a proclivity for story telling, the ideas floating around in my head all hours of the day. Prior to 2011 I used to scratch that particular itch with table-top roleplaying games but at some point in 2011 I just said to myself, I’m going to write a novel…

10. Do you have a special time or place to write?

No I don’t but I do have to write with music playing quite loud. Once I get started the music helps blot out the continual noise from my overactive min- ooh shiny!

11. Where do you get your inspiration?

From all around me. Every TV programme I watch, every book I read sets off a dozen trains of thought.

12. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?

I do a bit of both, usually, when an idea resonates enough for me to get writing I just write with no clear direction. If it turns out well I usually do an outline and carry on, if it doesn’t it gets filed in the “maybe later” pile.

13. Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it?

I rarely get it but when I do I simply do something else that requires a modicum of concentration and BAM!

14. What is the hardest thing for you about writing?

Adverbs…I love them. Can’t get enough of them and everybody else is telling me to drop them!

15. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route?

Ask me again in 6-8 months!

16. How much research do you do?

Don’t mean to sound at all facetious but I do as much research as I need to do. I do find though that it’s only the minutia that I need to research. I’m lucky in that I have a very cinematic mind and can visualise quite vividly.

17. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I type, my handwriting is barely legible! I am toying with the idea of dictating software though…

18. What are some of your favorite books/authors?

Anything by the authors I listed before. I love the Progenitor Trilogy by Dan Worth and adore Pat Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles. Like many other people I am crying out for Day Three!

19. Are you currently reading any books?

I’m about half way through the last book in the Progenitor Trilogy at the moment, must be the fourth time I’ve read them.

20. How can readers discover more about you and your work?

At the moment I only exist on Facebook but will soon be starting a blog as Kosar’s Legacy nears completion.
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EliCarrow