Author Interview with Sondra Hicks

Q: Introduce yourself! What is your experience with writing?

Well I am a paranormal thriller writer for the most part. I am a mother, daughter, wife and a reader just like everyone else. I grew up with my nose in a book and a stack of them next to me. I wanted to be published ever since I was a kid about 12 or 13.

Q: What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

Honestly the list is a vast one and they deserve their privacy and I will admit we are all quite busy but there are quite a few who answer questions and give me solid advice that I trust.

Q: Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

I have books right now that are connected in the paranormal thrillers but I also have written poetry and humor. I love to write about vampires but I tend to humanize the stories. However, I am creating a new series that I am thinking of being not connecting to the other books.

Q: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Your writing is who you are and don’t let anyone tell you that it’s a fad. Believe in yourself even when others don’t. Write your heart out and find a real publisher and not a scam artist like 1st books (Author House)

Q: How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

My first book was a disaster and I didn’t publisher after that for 10-11 years because 1st Books never gave the services they promise and I lost over $600 dollars and in 2002 a couple with 2 kids that is a lot of money.

Q: Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?

I have read so many books recently and I have new authors I am just astounded by. I have the pleasure of telling them that but Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine (Fear Street) really changed me.

Q: Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Yes, I do I love feedback from my readers its helpful and even the negative ones I read between the lines and find helpful insight.

Q: What was your hardest scene to write?

I had to let one of my characters die in the hospital that was based on my mom but it was recently after I just lost my father and I was ugly crying playing “Say Something” It took a long time to write and every time I read it I cried. I hated having to do it but the story needed it to move forward.

Q: What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

Finding time to write and also my husband and I a lot of the time come up with ideas together so he is my muse. With him around I am never lost.

Q: Where can readers learn more about you?

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