Interview with Autumn Dawn

What motivated you to become an indie author?
My NY publisher, Dorchester, went belly up. Editors kept saying they liked my work, but weren't sure how to market it. I needed income, and heard about Smashwords. I uploaded Iron & Hemlock, then others as my contracts expired. I worked my tail off and watched in amazement as sales took off. We were so excited, my husband kept showing his buddies at work as sales shot up. Everyone was cheering, and it looked like a sporting event. It was one of the most exciting periods in our lives.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
A large part of my income comes from Smashwords; I'm one of their best sellers, which is very exciting. Their site is easy to use, statements are easy to read and I can watch sales in real time. I can write what I want without deadlines or rigid word length and they keep me apprised of new developments.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sharing the stories in my head, watching them come to life. Cover design is fun, too. It's a joy to do what I love.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family. Hands down, they are my most important motivation.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, walking my dogs, gardening, cooking, being a wife and mom.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Covers catch my eye, then I read the description. Downloading a free sample is very important, too. If the writing clicks for me, I buy the book.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was something about elves, and I was in my early teens. I discovered creative writing in middle school and I've been writing ever since, though these days I use a computer and not a lined notebook.

I don't do poetry anymore, either, unless I'm writing a blurb. The have a similar rhythm, and I've gotten pretty good at it. In many ways, a novel is like a huge poem, and it scratches the poetic itch.
What is your writing process?
Seat of the pants, definitely. I try to plot occasionally, but it rarely works. It's best for me to go where the story leads.
Published 2014-01-19.
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