Interview with Janie Carhart

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was Anne of Green Gables. My grandma gave me the first three books as a box set when I was 12. I struggled in school because of my ADHD, but the beautiful prose and a main character that I still deeply identify with changed how I viewed reading and books.
How do you approach cover design?
I do a lot of digital painting and photo manipulation. I planned out what I wanted and then found the right stock photo and went from there.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Anne of Green Gables- LM Montgomery
Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte
Secret Garden- Frances Hodgson Burnett
Harry Potter (the whole series)- JK Rowling
The Rook- Daniel O'Maley

They all have a fantasy or fantastical element that fires something deep in my imagination. These are the books that make me want to write.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My phone- I read at my desk, in taxis, in the metro, while I'm walking, in restaurants, and in bed. It's lightweight and literally always with me.
Describe your desk
A disaster
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Eastern Canada near the Atlantic ocean. It's where the foundation of my values come from. I have a story in the planning stage that takes place out here and I'm excited to write it.
When did you first start writing?
In high school.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I knew I'd have better luck self publishing than with traditional publishers. That doesn't mean I won't consider going the traditional route someday, but it'll really depend on the book.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The ability to immerse myself in another world. Writing is as good an escape as reading for me.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The knowledge that I get to create something that no one has ever seen before.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I craft a lot- sewing, embroidery, polymer clay, and felt mostly these days.
Published 2016-11-13.
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