Interview with V.M. Sang

How do you approach cover design?
I usually have a scene from the book in mind. I then search my photographs and photoedit one or more to make the cover. If I can't find one of my own I will look for one in the public domain on the net.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
That's a difficult question. I would put Wuthering Heights in there as it is the greatest love story ever told, in my opinion. I love the Dragonlance saga by Weis and Hickman. Great fantasy. Of course, A Song of Ice and Fire and The Wheel of Time. (R.R.Martin and Robert Jordan respectively.) finally Frank Herbert"s Dune books. Can I add another? Anne McCaffrey's Pern books.
What do you read for pleasure?
Generally fantasy, although I am currently trying to catch up on some classics.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my iPad.
Describe your desk
My desk has a computer and keyboard with the monitor slightly raised on a little shelf so the keyboard can slide under it. Next to my monitor is a box of fancy scissors for card making. To one side is a shelf with other card making stuff, computer games, exercise books with all sorts of notes in them.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in England. I am not sure that it did influence me, really. I was encouraged to read, of course, and that influenced me.
When did you first start writing?
I used to write when I was at school. The first story I remember writing was about a dog. I was very little, because I remember I spelled 'of' as 'ov' all through. In my teens I wrote a romantic story. I have always told myself stories, though. I only started writing seriously about 1995.
What's the story behind your latest book?
When I was teaching I ran a Dungeons and Dragons club. I wrote a scenario that has formed the basis of The Wolf Pack. I don't suppose that many of them would recognise it now though as it has developed somewhat.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The only agent and publisher I could find were in the USA. I didn't want to be involved with people so far away.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The surprises my characters give me.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Without them I am nothing.
What are you working on next?
I am ready to publish Book 2 in The Wolves Of Vimar series. It is called The Never Dying Man. I am also part way through Book 3. I am also working on a novel set on Roman Britain.
Published 2015-01-13.
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