Interview with Schreyer Ink Publishing

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is titled Nothing Everything Nothing. It's a YA novel dealing with cyber bullying, depression, and suicide. The inspiration came when I found out my younger cousin was in the hospital after attempting suicide. I knew I couldn't help her, I didn't know how. What I knew was writing. I wanted to write something that stayed true to the struggle people with depression faced, but I also wanted to show that there was hope somewhere in all that.
What are you working on next?
I've just finished the 2nd draft of a YA novel. Next up is a YA fantasy featuring witches from various traditions. Don't worry, there's no hidden schools or wands here.
What is your writing process?
How I start a project differs. Sometimes I start with the outline, sometimes with a scene or even a whole chapter. At some point I always stop to outline. This outline starts out very rough and very vague and as new details occur to me I add them to this outline. I'll add snippets of conversations, character reactions, or notes about settings to the outline so they're there when I get to that point in the book.
Once the book is done I edit mainly for plot and character, then for the technical. No point in changing the technical if you're just going to delete the whole scene!
Who are your favorite authors?
That would be a long list. George RR Martin, Anne Bishop, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Agatha Christie, Orson Scott Card, JRR Tolkien, JK Rowling, Ashlyn Forge - I'm forgetting names, I just know it!
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything. I work in retail and the store motto is "Customers First" with the reasoning being that customers pay our wages. It's the same with writing. Fans buy books, fans tell other people about our books. But fans are more than financial support. I love interacting with fans, talking to them about what they enjoy and what they want to see in different genres. I like to know what readers think of the book market. I'm a indie fan too, I want to help support other writers. And I hope fans will want to support me too.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a wife and mother of two so much of my time is spent on the mundane tasks: chores, making lunches, reading bedtime stories, etc. I also enjoy knitting and crocheting. Then there's the marketing and networking (which is what I call Facebook so I can use it as much as I want!)
Describe your desk
It's a mess. I'm sure a lot of writers say that. We've been in our own home for a year now so I don't have all the shelves I want in the office space yet.
The desk itself is simple, solid wood, square drawers, plain handles. My grandfather made it for my mother. The desk my parents bought me when I was 16 was a big L shape with a hutch. It suited my dad better so he ended up with that and I got my mom's desk.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I started on a Kobo but it wasn't mine, it was my mom's. She was letting me read Ken Follet's Fall of Giants. I switched to my phone because it was all I had and that was a lot of page flipping. Now I have a tablet with a Kindle and Kobo app installed so I can read most formats. I even installed an office/word processing app so I could read .doc files. I like the tablet because of the size and because it's multi-functional.
Published 2014-10-08.
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Books by This Author

Children of the Sky
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 29,950. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Children of the Sky is a collection of 8 short stories by different authors. What happens when aliens come to Earth? What happens when humans finally reach for the stars? There are so many possibilities - these are just a few.
Canadian Creatures
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,280. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » General
Does Ogopogo need a keeper? Is Bigfoot an environmentalist? Why would a werewolf keep revisiting the same cabin in the woods? Does a Wendigo know how to run a business? How do you get a bunch of fairies out of Toronto? Does that Memegwesi plan to make trouble? How does an Ijiraq fight crime anyway? And why does that Cheshire cat look so much like a lynx?
Slave to the Axe Song
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,410. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
What is a fantasy novel without magical swords, magical princesses, magical curses, adventures and prophesies, and monsters ? Luckily you won't have to find out. Slave to the Axe Song features 8 original stories full of fantastic magic, daring feats, and twists of fate.
Hell's Talisman
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 43,760. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
Step into the darkness with us. Hell's Talisman brings you seven stories of demons and hellish creatures. From summonings gone horribly wrong, to horrifying Halloween evenings, to unwanted birthday presents, twisted doctors, and sweet revenge, this book takes you on a journey through nightmares.
Twilight Madhouse Volume 3
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 43,070. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Will you get lost in the labyrinth? Or just lost in the metaphor? Or perhaps lost within yourself? Will you get lost among demons? Lose your faith? Lose your best friend to the shadows? Lose track of time? Or lose your mind? This third volume of Twilight Madhouse features 8 new stories that will leave you feeling a bit lost, and when you're lost, strange things may find you.
Twilight Madhouse Volume 2
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 23,510. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Horror » General
Return to the Madhouse. This second volume features 8 new stories that twist expectations and will leave you wondering about your sanity, or perhaps your safety. You did look under the bed, didn't you? Featuring stories by Lorenzo Crescentini, Liam Hogan, Ed Ahern, Maxine Kollar, Sammy Riddle, Justin Boote, and Simon Bleaken.
Twilight Madhouse
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 45,020. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Welcome to the Madhouse. Enter if you dare. These 10 stories will startle and delight you as they twist through dark hallways and take you on strange journeys through the edges and depths of madness.
The Virtual Launch Book
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,120. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Handbooks and Manuals, Nonfiction » General reference » Questions & answers
Unravel the mystery of a successful book launch. This book by Schreyer Ink Publishing quickly outlines the basics for setting up, marketing, and hosting a book launch on multiple online platforms. A must-have resource for all indie authors.