Interview with MasonDeaver

What is your writing process?
I like to plan everything out through a slideshow(I'm that type of person). Chapters, characters, the history of the world, mostly everything. However the layout is just for my piece of mind. My current book is diverging pretty far from the original plan I had.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Both Harry Potter and the Series of Unfortunate Events were favorites of my childhood, not sure which one I started first.
How do you approach cover design?
I designed the cover for my first book It was a simple two-hour session in Photoshop. I hated it, then I whipped something up in thirty minutes. Loved it and went with it!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
FanGirl, I am basically Cath.
Harry Potter, isn't this the default for (almost) everyone?
The Final Empire, it's just so grand and really inspired me to pursue fantasy.
Eleanor and Park, a nice love story with an ending that ripped my heart out and stomped on it.
Shadow and Bone, I just really love the entire Grisha trilogy, it was one of my first explorations into YA fantasy and made me love the genre.
What do you read for pleasure?
Young-Adult Fantasy is a favorite of mine. Adult fantasy, YA contemporary, all of that.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. Named my Paperwhite 'Percy' (after a certain demigod)
Describe your desk
Messy chic with nerd toys, my iPad and pencils that I'm bound to lose at some point.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote Game of Thrones fanfiction and I deeply regret it. It was very popular, but I didn't plan anything out. I wrote a chapter, saw that people liked it, posted another one a week later. Eventually the plot became complicated and nonsensical, so I deleted it. Never make that mistake, at least have a plan!
What's the story behind your latest book?
A project I've been working on for six months. I was inspired not just by the lack of black female characters in fantasy, but also the trope of the chosen hero, and I really wanted to turn it around, make it my own.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Honestly, I just wanted to find a way for people to read my book.
What are you working on next?
Hopefully the rest of my series. I've crafted a world that can hold many different stories and I've only told part of one. I'll just have to see where the story wants to go. Right now the Sorran Legacy is planned to be a trilogy, however it's not limited to that. If the story requires less or more books, it's what's best.
Published 2014-11-03.
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