Interview with Carolynne Raymond

Published 2018-04-28.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love to read, and the challenge to be able to write a story and see a project through to the end is what drew me in.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the creativity of it with being able to get lost in the story. I love to make scenes, characters and be able to take a step back and tie everything together. It is a fun process.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to go 4-wheeling, and also enjoy gardening, swimming and being outside. I own a couple of kayaks and love to go out on the water with them. I am also a couch potato and enjoy the indoors when its raining or snowing enjoy watching movies & tv series.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Sometimes through social media or email notification from the retailer sites and word of mouth.
What is your writing process?
I write whenever an idea comes into my head, otherwise, if I wait I tend to forget, so I make notes right away. Often, I am away from my desk, so I will just type the words into my smartphone and transfer them over to the computer when it is convenient. I do admit that most of my writing happens just before I fall asleep.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, it was Black Beauty, after reading that story I fell in love with horses.
How do you approach cover design?
Grumbles, cover design is hard for me. I try to capture a detail, something simple from the story and replicated it in a photograph and then I try to work with the photo by editing it, making colors more vibrant and the picture more appealing in order to produce a cover.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy getting lost in a full-length novel. I read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi. For short reads. I am guilty of browsing and reading those countdown type blog posts, like "25 best (fill in the blank) articles."
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up and still live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I don't think that the location really had an influence on my writing. Instead, I would say that those who were or are a part of my life are the ones that influenced my writing. I base a lot of my characters on the personalities that I have encountered in my lifetime.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Black Beauty, And Then There Were None, The Da Vinci Code, The Vampire Lestat, Game of Thrones. I have more. I picked these ones because after reading them, they sort of stayed with me. They were all books that kept me thinking about the story long after I had finished reading them.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kobo!!! I'll take my kobo on trips with me. I also still read paperbacks and have a few piled up on my bedside table.
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