Interview with Avery S. Mourning

What is your writing process?
Spontaneity is my process. I just do it, and I always shoot from the hip. Then, I look back at everything I write. I laugh at the errors, take out what's unnecessary, and leave in what's human.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I read was probably a Harlequin. I know I loved it because I've always been a hopeless romantic.
How do you approach cover design?
I keep it simple. I like to use images that tell the reader exactly what the story is about without the necessity of a book title. I think cover design is crucial. Your story will get lost in the millions of books if you don't have a compelling cover. Compelling doesn't always mean fancy or complex, however. You just need something that says, "Hello!"
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I don't have five favorite books. I have one favorite book, and I'll tell you about that later.
What do you read for pleasure?
My one favorite book.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I usually read e-books on a mobile device. It's easy to carry, and I can navigate quickly.
Describe your desk
I have five items on my desk at all times: computer, mobile phone, snack, remote control, and house pet.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was in grade school, but I didn't start writing for an audience until I was in high school.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have a close friend who battled and conquered depression. I have another friend who was misdiagnosed with a depressive disorder because of a low hemoglobin. I've also had my share of unhappy times. The meat and potatoes of this book came from my scholastic studies and my personal experiences with fitness, nutrition, spirituality, and holistic healing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My passion for writing and my experiences with under-appreciation in business.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy of writing is when I find out that the writing has touched someone else's life in a positive way.
Published 2017-02-06.
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