Interview with Antoinette J. Houston

Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Piers Anthony, Terry Brooks, Steven R. Boyett and Steve Perry
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Lower back pains, twinges in the legs, and a four year old yelling about 'fed me!'.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
With hobbies; I've recently picked up a new one. It's leather working, trying my hand at making leather jewelry and bookmarks. It's actually pretty fun. (great stress relief.)
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
through the book clubs/groups on Facebook. Quite a few of them. Most have been pretty darn good too! Even discovered a few genres i didn't even know existed.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, in third grade. I wrote a story about a butterfly called stop-go. It's wings were(rolls eyes) red and green. It ended up directing traffic.
What is your writing process?
I didn't know there was a process. My ideas and characters come from strange dreams or watching life around me. I'm all over the place as far as a process.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Comic books were my first real literary endeavors and then I started going through my Dad's books. My first serious book was 'The Hobbit'
How do you approach cover design?
slowly. Something in my story stands out. In Red Summer, for me it was the ignition of the match in Rita's hand. the idea of a match burning from the wrong end was interesting.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Matadora: Of all the books at the time that i had come across this was the first one with a Black, female lead.
Ariel: It wasn't you everyday fairytale. It was my first modern day fantasy. And it had a swearing unicorn!
Ogre Ogre: I just enjoyed the imagination of a half nymph and a half ogre in love.
The Elfstones of Shanara: I enjoyed the whole series, read it twice.
Red Summer: Why wouldn't I choose my own book?
What do you read for pleasure?
I've just gotten into 'Shifter' books. some of them are a bit risque, but most have really good story lines. And they're guilty pleasures as I've never read books as short as these before.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Recently got a Kindle. so i'm all about that. still learning all it's bits and do-dads.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Still working on that as I've been giving away a lot of copies just to get my book out there.
Describe your desk
A mess.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Union City, Georgia. So Red Summer is based in Union City as well. It's a comfortable start.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
What do your fans mean to you?
I would love to have fans!!! I hope they would be a lot like having friends!
What are you working on next?
The sequel: Wil's Winter: Five years later - It's slow going but hopefully it will be done before the school year starts.
Published 2014-06-18.
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Mostly Human
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