Interview with Feather Stone

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My husband often remarked that our house was full of my projects ranging from redecorating rooms, needlework, painting a new watercolor masterpiece - all in various stages of completion. We also are home to two shelties and two cats and so traveling to shows or training sessions has been a major part of our life. My gardens are in a continuous state of renewal and experimentation. I've learned to play the piano, accordion, guitar. I promised my dear spouse to sing only while I'm in the shower :). We have traveled the world and were active snowmobilers riding mountains in Canada and USA - and racing. It's actually amazing I've stopped long enough from time to time to write two novels.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
My method has changed over the years. As my relationships with other authors has grown since becoming a published author, it is easier to find great books to read. I'm a stickler for fast paced thrillers. The author needs to keep my attention on the plot with dynamic characters. I like experimenting in finding new authors while blogging and posting articles on facebook. I've discovered that not all novels rated with five stars are winners in my view. My tastes demand high octane, while other readers enjoy the slow burn. It's all good. There are millions of amazing novels. So little time ....
What is your writing process?
My first draft is essentially an outline in long format. I just write and write. Whatever comes into my head goes into the plot and character development. I get to know the characters. When they start talking to me I know they are going to tell the story. That's when I go back to page 1 and start all over again. I may write three complete drafts before sending the manuscript to the editors, then the beta readers. Once they have torn it to pieces, I'll rewrite and rewrite until they are all pleased. My first novel took ten years to finish to everyone's satisfaction. Forbidden took only four years. The passion carries me through days when I don't eat and barely speak to anyone. The writing continues while I walk my dogs and yank weeds out of the flower beds. The characters hover over me, revising dialogue and adding new twists. It's heaven!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I believe it was a Hardy Boys book when I was a teenager. Loved it. I had almost no access to books back then living in rural Alberta. Then the next book that had impressed me was The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel. Loved that one also and continued to read her series. These books sparked my imagination, discovering that nothing was too wild to write about. However, my career as a paramedic took me by the throat. Nothing else mattered. Writing had to wait until I was almost retired from the ambulance service.
How do you approach cover design?
I love to design images, paint scenes. However, I was smart enough to know that others are better than me when it comes to book covers. And they have the programs that allows them to do so much more than I can. When I began to think about Forbidden's book cover, I hunted for images that spoke of the the characters, their features and personality. I found almost all I needed in Shutterstock and iStock. It was expensive but worth it. I sent the images to Extended Imagery (after shopping on the net for book cover designers) and communicated with Carl about my vision. He was wonderful. He sent me three drafts. With only some minor tweaking, Carl presented me with a book cover that steals the show in the thriller genre.
Published 2017-10-12.
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Books by This Author

Forbidden
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 105,820. Language: American English. Published: October 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
A Muslim cop has a gun rammed against his skull. He has become the reluctant keeper of his Middle East city's bloody secret and the one survivor, a Canadian woman. His devotion to Allah is tested while he dodges the CIA and his corrupt superior's demands to maintain the cover-up. In desperation to see justice served, he plots an action most forbidden and fatal.