Interview with Artamiss Caine

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I closed my eyes one day and flipped a coin about taking the leap. A lot of things stood in my way. Mostly me. There are still many obstacles but I handle them a lot better now than I did when I first started writing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The release. (heads out of the gutter lol) Its like I have all of these voices inside my head, trying to get out. Once I finish a piece I feel a balance. Its like everything that turned sideways is now upright, for the time being. Writing is very therapeutic for me. It saved my life, literally.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean just as much as my characters. When I get detailed feedback from them...or even just the one lined squeals it puts my heart in a place that is untouchable by anything negative or bad.
What are you working on next?
I have quite a few projects in the works. My biggest focus, right now, is getting Re-educating LB Wainwright finished. I have allowed too many things to force me to put it off long enough. My readers and characters deserve more respect than that. So that is what is currently on the front burners.
Who are your favorite authors?
Patricia Cornwell, Frank Herbert, Kat Dughtry, JD Nixon, Gena Showalter.....there are so many....Christina Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Rachel Vincent......but my biggest obsession is with Patricia Cornwell. The first book from her that I ever read was Blow Fly (from the Scarpetta series) back in 2001. I was in 10th grade and a friend was reading it and she let me borrow it. I have been obsessed with the series ever since. I have every hardcover, paperback, ebook, and even the big volumes in the series.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
In high school, I wrote a Sailor Moon fanfiction called "I'm With You". I never finished it. I do believe that it is still up on Fanfiction.net
What is your writing process?
I have 4 idea walls in my house that have sticky notes everywhere. It looks like something out of a spy novel. I have string attached everywhere....looks like one big conspiracy theory puzzle lol. It makes perfect sense to me though. I also do random scene writing, when I am stuck. I have a huge problem with writing in chronological order. So, if I know which way I want a story to go, I have no problem with jumping around and writing random scenes that are in between major plot points. Helps me to flex my imagination.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
First story I ever read on my own was My Sweet Audrina by VC Andrews. It had such a massive impact on me because after that I was madly in love with reading and writing and obsessed with books. That was back in 1995, if memory serves me right,
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Bible: It is simply the best non-fiction book there is
Blow Fly: Started my obsession with crime books
My Sweet Audrina: started my reading obsession
Dune: I think it trumps Star Wars hands down and is one of the most underrated Sci-fi books to ever be turned to a movie Louisiana Hotshot: First book I ever read that starred a spunk, determined POC
What do you read for pleasure?
I read all kinds of genres....but my guiltiest pleasure of all are historical romances...I am over the moon with Kathleen Woodiwiss
The Flame and the Flower (classic totally swoon worthy)
Shanna (classic)
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My phone..it was my tablet but since I got the Galaxy Note 3, I do everything on it!
Describe your desk
Do you really want to discuss Pandora's box? LOL
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in the sixth grade (1995 or 1996). I was really depressed and getting bullied a lot. I never really fit in anywhere. The only place it didn't matter what or who I was was when I was with my journal. I started with really dark poems and my writing evolved from there.
Published 2014-01-09.
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Books by This Author

The Miseducation of LB Moon
Price: Free! Words: 21,900. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Adult
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
"Give me your panties." What the hell was he thinking? "You do realize that I hate you right?" He shrugged his shoulders and I wanted to hit him. "I never said anything about making love...we're going to make intense hate." I threw my panties at his head....Find out how Aiden and Lucky got dragged down the aisle in the prequel to Re-Educating L.B. Wainwright.