Interview with C.S. Ember

When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since I was very young. When I was in elementary school, teachers noticed that I would write triple the required amount on papers. (which wasn't hard because they only required about four sentences.)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always loved to write, and my mother always said I needed to hurry up and publish one of my books so that she could retire.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting lost in the act of writing and letting my characters surprise me.
What are you working on next?
Oh, I have a few thoughts in the wings.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, Erin Hunter, Lois Lowry
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Usually, my alarm... telling me to go to work. So... habit?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Sleeping. Playing video games like RPGs, and Time Management Siimulations. Reading. Drawing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Well the first one I remember was 'my horrible, messed up, very bad day.' Yeah, someone made a movie about someone else's rendition of that same exercise. I felt slightly cheated.
What is your writing process?
Process? I lay on my back, and then, I think of a really good concept or sentence and go "WHERE IS MY LAPTOP!". That's pretty much the entire process.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Well, probably 'Where the Wild Things are,' knowing my mother. If we're talking about the first I remember reading of my own volition, probably "The Giver" by Lois Lowry. Which probably sparked my love of dystopian stories.
How do you approach cover design?
I go at it conceptually, rather than trying to take a specific scene or element of my story. For example, I have a story called 'Only Endings' which is about a woman trying to find out who killed her daughter while also trying to heal and move on with her life. The cover is mostly black and white, a woman floating close to the surface of the water with a hand rising up from above her as if to clasp another hand descending from the top of the image. The text of the title is written in calligraphy, and the entire thing (excluding the title, which is stark red in contrast to the rest) is done in a dark inked style reminiscent of her job field as a graphic designer.
Published 2016-04-02.
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