Interview with Erica Reeder

What's the story behind your latest book?
I've been working on the Violet Chaser series for the last 7 years in a couple of different writing groups. What I am releasing is a completely different version of what I wrote then, but it gave me the confidence to realize people could love the story and characters as much as I do.
How do you approach cover design?
My husband, Ken Vahn, does all of my covers. He's turned out to be something of a genius with the whole media portion of things. It makes sense though considering he has a Bachelor's in MultiMedia
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Other writer's successes. My friend Sarra Cannon has been such an inspiration. She continues to astound me with her determination and achievements. I want to make a living writing, and if I can even manage to pull off 1/2 of what she hasd accomplished, I will be a happy person.
What is your writing process?
Being that I work full time, I have to be very careful about my process in order to keep the stories and arc consistent. I have a Excel file where I (pretty much) follow the process Cathy Yardley gives you in the eBook Rock Your Plot: A Simple System for Plotting Your Novel. I took her system and spring boarded it for my own use. I use it in conjunction with the cliffhangers I write in my own book to break it out into a 6 episode system. I'm only doing 6 episodes, so my readers understand they will always receive a nice tidy ending at the end of the episodes.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, but only bits and pieces. It was of Indian girl, and I wrote it when I was in 6th grade. More than anything I remember the way it felt to write it. The way it felt to put pencil to the lines and tell a mini-adventure no one had told before. It could be anything I wanted. Anything! That’s a powerful thing for the youngest kid in a household of 5 to get. I remember turning it in and thinking how much fun it had been to write. Then the craziest thing happened. I won Young Authors at my school. As long as I live, I will never forget as the absolute joy I felt when it dawned on me that people actually liked what I loved doing. To think I could do that for a living blew me away!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is creating characters and giving them worlds to live in. It's like my own sandbox. The possibilities are endless. Being able to unleash them into the world and see people love them as much as I do is such a fulfilling feeling.
Published 2015-08-16.
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