Interview with Cathy Smith

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a retelling of the Indian Summer myth for a class project.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I search for them at Chapters or Amazon or else from the mailing list of authors I follow
What is your writing process?
I make a mindmap for a session and then write 250-500 words at a time depending on if it's a short story or project. I write a 1000 words per week on a short story and 2000 words for a chapter in a week. I spend the Fridays editing the chapter I write for the week.

I switch from plugging away at a short stories word count to editing to it on my week day session when I am finished.

When a long form work is completed I switch from writing sessions to editing sessions and break it into 5 chapter blocks to make it manageable.

Then I copyedit it with Prowriting Aid and use MSWord's speech function to proofread my work for me in weekday sessions.

I cut each stage of the writing process into manageable session and plug away at a work until it gets done.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I only remember that I liked the readers in kindergarten so much I read through the stories in the textbook on my own without waiting for a lesson to be assigned to me. It's hard to remember individual stories from that age.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to approach with a theme and see what I can find in the public domain venues I frequent. I have a program and know how to combine, crop and edit pictures to get the look I want. I have templates set up to the dimensions needed for the venues I post to.

Sometimes I make different versions until I find one that works for me.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My seven favorite books are C.S. Lewis Chronicles of Narnia. They started my love of the fantasy writing genre.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like inspirational books for a pick me up.

Fantasy and soft scifi for escapism

I also read non-fiction books that help me with my writing. Either by teaching me techniques or helping me worldbuild my own stories.

I've also read how-to books if I need information on a topic.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer Kindle for purchasing new books. I also have a Kobo for the ebook lending system at public library I use.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm new to this and just uploaded my first book in October 2016. So far I have the furthest reach on Twitter.
Describe your desk
Messy and cluttered. The laptop takes up the most space. I have a light and make sure to use a separate keyboard and mouse connected to the laptop since I find that more ergonomic than using the mousepad and keyboard on the laptop.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a Status Reservation. My local schools taught me about my ancestors culture and their lore which has given me a taste for modern fantasy and soft scifi since it's the modern myths of age.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing regularly in middle school when I liked the Transformer cartoon so much I wrote fanfic about the characters and world.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's my reactions to traditional folklore that I've had. I thought some deserved sequels and others deserved more explorations so I wrote the collection of short stories based on my thoughts.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have a stash of stories and I want to see if anyone besides me would be interested in my work. My research makes me believe independently publishing my work is better than the traditional publishing route.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
We will see. I upload to Kindle to take advantage of their Select program and lending library. Once the 90 day exclusivity period is up I make my work available to the wider market through Smashwords.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's a distraction from my daily routine. I use it to entertain myself, especially when the current movie and TV offerings disappoint me.
Published 2016-10-29.
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