Interview with Josi Wales

What's the story behind your latest book?
I am a stay at home mom and I was going insane not having a hobby. A few times I had tried to start a book, but the ideas always shriveled up and died. Writing my first book really took off and was easy to write. I thoroughly enjoyed creating the story and being able to see inside it. Writing the book was like reading a good book. It left me guessing what was going to happen and next thing I knew I was excitedly typing away. Now I find myself creating little worlds or stories in my head. Some I develop further, while others take a nose dive. I find it fun and exciting. Now if only I could exercise and type at the same time.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are a huge part of things. When you have an interest or hobby you really enjoy, it is exciting to be able to share them with others who have the same interests. Especially when your conversations get very animated. The fans bring those awesome moments to life when their excitement and enthusiasm shines through. Not only did you make their day with an exciting story they could sink into, but their enjoyment also makes my day. It's a win/win situation that brings on a lovely ray of positivity. Besides the disappointment of finishing a great book too soon, I am always left feeling good and cheerful. The euphoric boost is always welcome throughout my day. That is what I hope to pass on to my fans, good vibes and smiles.
What are you working on next?
Soul Bearer is actually book one of a trilogy. I have spent the last few years working on all three. I have them all typed out and I just need to get book two and three cleaned up. I hope to get through them within this next year, because they help support each other. After that I have plans to challenge myself to work on another book/series that will have some different aspects involved and I am curious to see if I can mesh it all together and make it happen.
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't know if I can say whether I have favorite authors, because I have read so many. I don't really seek out more books from one particular author, unless they have a series that I am really enjoying. I can get very picky and my mood usually depicts what I want to read, but I also enjoy jumping from one style to another. Some of the authors that I have enjoyed are: Jane Austen, Dean Koontz, Orson Scott Card, Stephen King, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, Piers Anthony, Elizabeth Kerner, J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, Stephenie Meyer... plus many more.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family and the hope of accomplishing something. Whether it is just a load of laundry or going through all the insanity of trying to format an ebook, I like the feeling of accomplishment and makes the day fulfilling. Now and then my inspiration is the hopes of a lazy day, that too can be an accomplishment.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I tend to be more of a creative person and I like hands on and creating something. So I will clean, draw, sew, watch movies, garden, spend time with my family. I really get a kick out of doing something i'm not sure I can pull off, but coming out with a cool or decent outcome.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Honestly, I really like having a printed version in my hands. That is my favorite, but when I read an ebook, it is usually recommended to me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Of course! I had the story in my mind all the time and I think my favorite time to think about it was just before bed. When the lights were out and I couldn't see or hear anything to distract me, that was the best. That was the time when the ideas really started flowing. My husband was great too. Talking to him and bouncing ideas off of him, whether I liked them or not, helped me think of things I may not have on my own. My first book was the easiest to write and I think, perhaps, the most fun so far.
What is your writing process?
First I have to create the main characters and their goal. Once I have that I tend to get the good ol' paper and pencil out to sketch up a very rough timeline which usually consists of the very main events that have to occur for the character to achieve their goal. After that I start writing from event to event and tweaking the story as it unfolds.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I have to think back pretty hard. I liked reading when I was young, but I never sought out a book to read until I met my husband in high school. He asked me to read a couple of books and after that I loved digging into the stories and characters. The very first book I remember reading was "Little House on the Prairie" by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Either it was that one, or "Island of the Blue Dolphins" by Scott O'Dell. I remember the excitement of being able to experience the different worlds and the frustration of it all ending to quickly.
Published 2013-11-12.
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Books by This Author

Soul Bearer
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 128,140. Language: American English. Published: December 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
How do you fight off love when you don't know what it looks like? Forbidden to Johnny, his focus must be on the ones who want to toy with him, or kill him. But when heartstrings pull Johnny within his enemies reach, how will he survive?