Interview with Page Turner

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Maine woods as part of a large French-Canadian family with very strict Catholic parents.

New Englanders are stoic as a general rule and quite introverted. And because of my religious upbringing, self-control was definitely stressed at a very young age. I can't remember *not* being expected to behave myself.

So writing for me was a way to cut loose and be a little adventurous without getting punished for it.
When did you first start writing?
Third grade. I had a teacher, Mrs. Bagley, who really encouraged me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Sure do. It was a series of stories, actually. I called them The Chronicles of Malcony. The title was a blatant rip-off from C.S. Lewis's Narnia books, which I was obsessed with at the time.

These were basically amped up fantasy stories with more horror elements.

So instead of the children entering the magical land via a closet (as in the Narnia books), Malcony books always started with children running away from something dangerous. The one I remember best was a child being chased by a werewolf and cornered in a graveyard. Then the werewolf bled on the child, and they were transported to the dimension of Malcony, which was a fairly scary place. Werewolf blood apparently teleported you somehow.

Once you were there, Malcony as a world lulled you in with prettiness and did a bait and switch.

It was so metal. Not sure exactly where I got the idea. I did like the Castlevania Nintendo games and my older sisters were keen on telling me the plot summaries of the Stephen King books they read, just to get a rise out of me.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
There are definitely mornings where my primary motivation for getting out of bed and handling things is proving haters wrong, including one classmate who memorably called me "a waste of intelligence."

I reached a tipping point where I realized, "No! All they have on me is a headstart."

So I get up and go.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I'm addicted to writing what I don't know that I know -- at least not until I write it. Writing is the process of discovering the themes that live in the periphery of my consciousness. As a writer, I love being lost. I live for the unexpected.

It's absolutely electrifying when I catch the edge of an idea that excites me, but I can't quite see its limits, and I'm reaching to pull it towards me so that I can get a better look at it.
Describe your desk
It's cluttered. It looks like I'm squirreling away random trinkets for the world's strangest apocalypse, one that would require the services of an electrified flyswatter, a nightlight, and 20,000 pens.

I also have my kaiju toys -- King Kong, Godzilla, and Mothra -- within arm's reach at all times.
What is your writing process?
I have daily quotas I stick to. It keeps me in my writing chair and motivated.

I publish a blog post to my blog Poly Land (https://poly.land) every day. And on weekdays, I have to write at least 500 words on one of my book projects.

For the blog, I have many, many drafts open, and I work on them in separate stages:
1. Idea Generation
2. Writing the Draft/Connecting the Dots
3. Editing
4. Scheduling/Posting

When it comes to books, I tend to start with the idea, then do an outline, and then I tackle each section separately. Sometimes it's in the order that the book is written, and sometimes it's not, and I'm jumping all around.

My first book, Poly Land: My Brutally Honest Adventures in Polyamory, I didn't outline. I just wrote on it every day. This made the writing easier but the editing a tougher process.
What do your fans mean to you?
The readers mean everything. I've been humbled so many times by them. They make me want to be a better writer.
What do you read for pleasure?
As a kid, I read fantasy, horror, legal thrillers, and bodice-ripping romances. When I was a teenager, I switched to literature, poems, and plays.

These days, I read mostly non-fiction: Memoirs, psychology, how-to. True crime is a guilty pleasure. When I do read fiction, it tends to be soft sci fi.
What are you working on next?
My second book just came out, which is very exciting! It's a short, focused how-to guide geared toward geeky couples who are looking to open up their relationships.

Next up is a third book, about metamour relationships. It's been so challenging to write, but I think that means that I'll really like the final result -- Dunning-Kruger effect being what it is. The first draft is done, and it's about to go to my editor for their first read.

In the meantime, I've started work on a rough draft of a fourth book. It's about long-distance relationships -- but from a different angle than I've seen anyone tackle it before.

The work schedule is brutal, but no rest for the wicked, they say. This explains why I never get a break.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Telling bad jokes and drinking good wine with the people I love.
Published 2017-11-14.
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Books by This Author

A Geek's Guide to Unicorn Ranching: Advice for Couples Seeking Another Partner
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 17,030. Language: American English. Published: November 14, 2017 by Braided Studios. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Dating
Searching for another person to date you and your partner together? This can be about as tricky as finding a unicorn. To attract a unicorn, you’ll have to create a sanctuary. Become unicorn ranchers. In this guide you’ll learn • The steps you should take • How to set a relationship agreement • Common Pitfalls • The High Success Method • How to manage Jealousy and Insecurity
Poly Land: My Brutally Honest Adventures in Polyamory
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 92,050. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2017 by Braided Studios. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
Moving away from the sugar-coated honor-student answers, Page Turner leaves little to the imagination about opening a marriage, while exploring her bisexuality and self-worth. Travel through a complicated polyamorous web, in which her partners do their best to sabotage each other, break the rules, and eventually commit assault.