Interview with Joanne Newey

What's the story behind your latest book?
I wrote the original draft for When You Wish Upon a Demon years ago, but I was too afraid to keep working on it. I thought I was a terrible writer and should give up before I had even started.

When I realised that was crazy talk, I decided to start with something small to make it easier on myself so I published The NecroDancer, which is a short story. Once that was done, I went back to my old draft and realised.... it really WAS bad! But I deleted stuff, tweaked stuff, changed stuff and improved stuff until I thought I had something to work with. Then I did that another thousand times!
What's the best thing about being an author?
It is perfectly reasonable to snuggle my dog at work, drink coffee all day, and take as many "yoga breaks" as I want.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My chihauha Hercules crying at the door to be let outside.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like the idea of being my own boss and being in charge of my work. If I were to publish traditionally, I would have other people telling me what to do, what to change, and making all the decisions. I would rather be in control of my own stories (even if it means more work).
What is your writing process?
First, I start blasting through my first draft having the time of my life, until, I come across a hole in the plot that I'm not sure how to deal with. Eventually, I ignore it and move on. The answer to the problem usually comes to me when I'm not looking for it (like when I'm doing the dishes or walking my dog). When the first draft is complete, I step away for a bit so I can come back to it with a fresh mind. Then when I come back to read it again... I realise it's terrible and get depressed. Step away again. Come back again. Hey this is not too bad.

Then comes the hard part of turning the first draft into the second draft and the third draft and the final draft. This takes about five times as long as writing the first draft did. I do this by handing it over to some test readers to get their opinions. I make any changes they comment on, do another edit and hand it back to the test readers... more changes needed! Back to the editing. Then I re-read the story over and over, changing the sentence structures until eventually I decide I can't edit forever and give myself a deadline. Keep obsessing over sentence structures right up until the deadline and then let it go and move on.

Reward myself with a movie date or a cup of coffee or something!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I'm sure the first story I ever read was probably a picture book so I'm going to skip ahead a bit to the first stories I think really had an impact - the Goosebumps books by R.L.Stine. I started reading them when I was eight and thought that I was SO GROWN UP. I think they are what made me love reading in the first place and wanting to write stories of my own. To this day, I love reading kid's books.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
If I'm not writing, there's a good chance I'm reading.

Otherwise I'm probably watching TV, playing video games or hula hoop dancing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Bit of random browsing, bit of connecting with other authors on Facebook.

Feel free to get in touch by the way!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Kindle Fire!
Describe your desk
Big, glass and covered in crap.
What do you read for pleasure?
I need a lot of variety when it comes to reading.

For example, if I just read a long fantasy series, I'll want to break things up with a short, light story. If I've been reading a lot of paranormal romance, I might need to switch to horror for a while. Gotta keep things interesting.
Published 2014-11-08.
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