What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? Making time to write. The biggest failure of a writer is when he or she “doesn’t have time” to write. There will never be time. It will never be convenient. If you want this—if you want to be a writer—you have to make time. That’s true of any goal. If it’s your passion, you’ll make it happen.
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it? Oh yeah, definitely. My goal is to experiment with every novel I write. Lichgates was an experiment in finishing a book and learning what it took to become a real author. Treason was more of a literary indulgence, and I used it to experiment with various types of betrayal. There are several types of betrayal in Treason, and it was my goal to hone my writing craft to build a smoother narrative and even more dynamic characters. So yep, every book has a lesson to share.
Do you intend to make writing a career? Yep. I’m in this for the long haul. We writers never retire.
Have you developed a specific writing style? I like to stay out of the way. I heard a quote once that was something along the lines of, “When reading takes no effort, great effort went into the writing.” I strive to make my narrative as clean and fluid as possible, while still employing vivid descriptions and a subtly sarcastic undertone that keeps you laughing at just the right times.
Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? Yep, definitely. I like to go for a walk or listen to cinematic music. That lets me clear my head and gives me a clean slate with which to work. I actually blog a bit about overcoming writer’s block and more in my Writer’s Corner. I encourage authors who want to learn from the successes and failures of published authors and industry specialists to check it out.
Who is your publisher? Caffeinated Books Publishing. Feel free to check them out: http://caffeinatedbooks.com/
What are your current writing projects now? I’m currently working on Heritage, which is Book #3 in my Grimoire Saga. I keep an online journal of updates, if you’re interested.
Are there any new authors that have sparked your interest and why? Yep. My fellow Caffeinated Books Publishing author Nikki Jefford is incredibly talented. Her books focus on paranormal fantasy and urban fantasy, and all 5 of her novels have sparked my imagination. I don’t usually go fan girl, but she has me wrapped around her finger.
What contributes to making a writer successful? Patience and an understanding of what success means. Success is entirely subjective, and my definition is probably starkly different from yours. The key is not only to understand your definition of success, but to also understand why you define it as success. For more, check out my Writer’s Corner.
Do you have any advice for writers? Loads. But the short version: rejection is a part of our industry, so grow thick skin and learn to take criticism. Check out my Writer’s Corner, where I encourage authors who want to learn from the successes and failures of published authors and industry specialists.
What do you do to unwind and relax? Reddit. I especially like the TheTruthIsHere and UnsolvedMystery subreddits.
If you could leave your readers with one bit of wisdom, what would you want it to be? Have fun and enjoy yourself. Life is far too precious to take everything seriously.
Genre – Fantasy
Rating – PG13