Interview with Janice Seagraves

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Reading reviews from people who really get my books, love the characters and can't wait for the next one.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean the world to me. Writers need readers.
What are you working on next?
A science fiction romance set on Earth in the near future.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I garden, take photos, walk the dogs, take a trip up to the mountains to get inspired by the beauty of nature, and occasionally go shopping with my daughter.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Promos in the yahoo groups, reviews, kindle books, science fiction book club, and browsing though Barns and Nobles.
Who are your favorite authors?
Anne McCaffrey, Patricia "Pat" Christine Hodgell, Jim Butcher, Laurell Kaye Hamilton, Andre Norton, and many others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The characters in my head won't leave me alone. *sob-sob*
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh yes, when I was twenty I started to write. Names, accents and plots churned in my head. I decided that this first book would be a YA high fantasy story. Sadly, I never finished the book, but I have recycled the title of my story. It is now an alien race's name and they will have a SF series of their own.
What is your writing process?
Write, write, write until my eyes are dry out and I'm too tired to think. Usually in the small hours of the morning I have to drag my self to bed.
How do you approach cover design?
Shirtless man with muscles. Need I say more?
What do you read for pleasure?
Paranormal for the most part, but I also read science fiction and fantasy, or any kind of romance.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
For Christmas, my husband gave me a Samsung Galaxy tablet. I just love it. I have a kindle app, adobe reader app and several others. I can also answer email and search the web. If I'm not on my laptop, I'm on my tablet.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Blog hops. They are so fun to do and I just love answering comments.
Describe your desk
My desk is at the other end of a long narrow room. At one end is the living room, then there's the dinning area and finally my desk up against the wall. And there I am with my laptop with my nose in the corner like a naughty child. As for the desk itself... Well, half of its neat as a pin and the other half... is a piled up mess. I really need to work on cleaning and filing my paperwork.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small California town. Mostly flat and dry. It's an agriculture community with one small lumber mill which has since closed down. My dad loved to go fishing. I swear I grew up on or near lakes or in the mountains. Most of my books has scenes set near water. When my dad had to retire because of his painful arthritis (he'd been a body and fender man), we took a trip to the Mohave Desert of California, then Nevada and Arizona. I was eleven at the time and my sister nine. We rock hunted next to the Great Colorado River, fished at Catfish Paradise, climbed rocks, and then, it rained. Rain in the desert is a powerful thing. We were stuck inside a modified van for three days. When we finally were able to get out to stretch our legs, the desert had bloomed. The entire trip was such a great experience. I think of that time often and have similar scenes in my book Matrix Crystal Hunters.
When did you first start writing?
When I was twenty, I started writing a high fantasy story which I never finished. I wrote sporadically for the next few years. When my daughter was eight, I decided to write with an eye toward publication. It took ten years until my first book, Windswept Shores, was published. And it was the same week my daughter graduated from high school.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
P.C. Hodgell's Kencyr books. I love her lyrical style and her high fantasy stories. So imaginative.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I just published the second in Windswept Shores story. Its Windswept Shores Two. Originally it was going to be called the Journey Home.
The hero Seth and the heroine Megan start out on a deserted island in the Bahamas, they are rescued, then they are separated when Seth is arrested for the murder of his boss. Poor Megan is ordered home to California and her philandering husband.

I have a confession to make. I've never been to the Bahamas in my life, but my first editor with this series thought I had been. She had a vacation there and she said reading my story put her right back there again.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I got my right back to two of my stories and decided to give it a try.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It pays me to write new stories.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Oh, now that is really too long ago. LOL The first story I read for please was Tarzan and the Lost Safari. I've loved adventure stories ever since.
Published 2016-06-30.
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Books by This Author

Matrix Crystal River
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,940. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
After twenty-five years, the Earthlings were back. River Namaste swears he'll never help the humans find matrix crystals, until he meets, Winona Miracle, Team Alpha Six's geologist. Shy and vulnerable, the black haired, dark eyed beauty is all he wants. But is she ready to put aside her goals for him?
Windswept Shores Two
Series: Windswept Shores · Windswept Shores. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,570. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Megan and Seth are finally rescued off their little island, but things are far from idyllic. Megan's husband is some how still alive, and then Seth is arrested for murder. Which puts all plans of a wonderful future in jeopardy. Will they ever get back together again or see the life they envisioned?
Matrix Crystal Christmas
Series: Matrix Crystal Saga. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,610. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Crystal Flower Christmas: Vach and Maya are on a mission to undam the Laonooco River for the drought stricken region. As heartache fractures their marriage, will the gift of a crystal flower mend their relationship or break it beyond repair? Crystal Clear Christmas: Plague has struck the village of Zama and the citizens blame the only human left on Zenevieva, Maya.
Matrix Crystal Hunters
Series: Matrix Crystal Saga. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 58,150. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Team Alpha Three’s spaceship is out of power after fighting a wormhole, and parked on the primitive world of Zenevieva. With half the team sick from radiation poisoning, the team commander entrust geologist, Maya Gladstone, to find enough matrix crystals to power up their spacecraft, so they can go home to Earth. Vach Namaste of the powerful Clan Namaste, a native of the planet, has desired
Windswept Shores
Series: Windswept Shores · Windswept Shores. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 58,050. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
The sole survivor of a plane crash, Megan is alone on a deserted island in the Bahamas until she finds a nearly-drowned man washed up on shore. Another survivor, this time from a boat wreck. With only meager survival skills between them, will they survive and can they find love?