Interview with Charlotte Hawkins

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew in a small working class town. There wasn't a mall, or a movie theater. Nowhere to hang out - except for the local library, which became my haven as a child and into my teenage years. I love books, and always will.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was in grade school. In 4th grade, I entered my first author contest, and even though I didn't win, it made me catch the writing bug.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's the continuation of my Gisborne series. In the last story, a few of the secondary characters had a story to tell but there wasn't room for them. In "The Baron's Lady," they finally get their chance to shine.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
For nearly 10 years, I tried to go the traditional route, submitting my work to agents and publishers. All I got was a pile of rejection letters. A friend introduced me to indie publishing, and it has been a dream come true for me.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has helped me by opening up channels that were not available before, i.e. Barnes and Noble. Without Smashwords, I would not have access to B&N and it's loyal readers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating characters and living in their world for a while. It gives me great satisfaction to create happy endings.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything to me. After all, where would I be without them? If I could know them all individually, it would be such a joy.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on the third book in my Langdon series. It's been a while since I spent time with that family.
Who are your favorite authors?
Mark Twain, Edgar Allen Poe, and Charlotte Bronte
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to travel when I have the time and the means. I also love to garden.
What is your writing process?
I don't really have a process. Sometimes I just sit down in a comfortable place, and the ideas come to me. Sometimes, the ideas even come to me while I sleep. Inspiration is everywhere, and for me, there's not a way to predict where and when it will come.
Published 2013-08-23.
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