Interview with Joan De La Haye

Who are your favorite authors?
Alexander Dumas, Jane Austen, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Karin Slaughter, Clive Barker, and John Connolly.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on the first book of a series. The series working title is 'The Cursed Witch', and the title of the first book is 'Awakening'.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have to get out of bed to make coffee.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote was called The Wonderful World of Candy floss'. I wrote it when I was 12 while on school holiday, sitting in my mother's office. I think I was driving her a little crazy, so she handed me pen and paper and told me to write something. So I did. I've been writing ever since.
What is your writing process?
I write in fits and starts. I try to write every day, but sometimes, while the story peculates at the back of my mind, the pause button gets hit, and it can be on pause for a few weeks. I'm not a plotter. I'm what they call a pantster. I write by the seat of my pants, so to speak.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design can be tricky.
I'll start with an idea, which I'll discuss with the cover designer. They then take that idea and run with it.
It doesn't always end up the way I'd envisaged it. You have to let go of the fixed idea you have and be open to something else.
Every artist will bring their own touch to the cover design, and you have to blend your vision with theirs to come up with something truly amazing.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a wide variety of genres. I read thrillers, horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, history, and classics.
The one genre you probably won't find me reading a whole lot of though is romance.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind Fury, is that a young girl, a university student, is brutally murdered for a snuff movie. Her angry spirit comes back for revenge on all those she deems responsible for her death.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have control issues.
I love the fact that as an indie author I have complete control from start to finish of my book. I like knowing exactly how my books are selling. I like being able to adapt my marketing strategy according to all the information I have at hand. I also love that I can do it my way and not someone elses. I don't have to answer to anybody else. And I can write the book that I want to write and it doesn't have to fit into someone elses little box or plans.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I discover ebooks in a variety of ways. Sometimes it'll be an author that I've already heard of and have read their work before, or it's a recommendation from a friend, or a review I've seen on a blog, or I've met the author and really liked them as a person and wanted to see what their books are like.
Published 2016-04-18.
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