Interview with Tarin Clearwater

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a Horror story a la Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe. We were instructed to write a short story, well mine turned into a Novella. It was called Hollow Wall, I don't know if I'd ever finish it or pick it up again but I DID find it buried in my files from 9th grade. Haha!
What is your writing process?
I write by seat the seat of my A** so to speak. No for real, I word vomit, write dialogue, go back write scenery, and THEN I go back and edit the crap out of it. But really I wrote a 100k book in 2 weeks. My hands hated me, and that was after deleting 50k of it because I hated it's guts.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Oh man there were thousands. But the one that stuck with me was Deerskin By Robin Mckinley. She wrote this book and it is just incredible the beauty and depth that is provided. It really impacted me because it inspired me to write.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually always design my covers first. As a Graphical Artist it is very important for me to SEE my book cover before I start. Sort of keeps me on the writing path for it. I find the stock for the character. Figure out the poses. Create the character from 3 or more photos since I want it to be JUST like what I see. Then I go ahead and do the background. Covers usually cost people $250-$400 given the detail and depth I go into.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, Allison Croggon, C.L Wilson.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPad, or my iPhone. I prefer them since I have ALL my books on kindle and iBooks.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Hm. Social media and just being active with my readers. I like doing quirky things to keep people interested. Just interact!
Describe your desk
*blinks* Uh...No? Haha I kid, I kid. I have tons of books on it, lots of papers my laptop is taken with me everywhere. Lots of caffeine drinks haha.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Oh I like this one, well the story behind it is that I wound up writing this under a pen name in 2013. It was awful. I mean it SUUUUUCKED. Like ok it wasn't THAT bad but it was pretty bad haha. So I took it off the market this last year and ripped it to pieces, restructured it, got an editor, plugged in at least another 1000 words of detail and changed wording.

In the end it's a brand new book. And I was tired of hiding, so I published it under my own name and a mix of the pen name I left behind.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I hate when people mess with my ideas. My regency series is my BABY. I don't want someone else dictating what happens. I have other books I will submit for mass publishing but these are my special books <3
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating something tangible. Something that can inspire people, I feel a lot with my writing and there is always a bit of me in it. Knowing someone has enjoyed my books? Yep.
What do your fans mean to you?
EVERYTHING. I mean God I wouldn't BE HERE if my fans didn't exist. Anyone who cannot understand that their fans are literally the ladder of which they climb to the top, will eventually fall off it. Respect the fans. Love the fans. Have boundaries with the fans. lol. Fans, just try not to be too cray cray hahaha!
Published 2017-12-03.
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