Interview with Narcissa Lyons

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By showing me extremely useful editing tools and paths for self promotion. It is an encouraging medium.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love writing and I'm good at it. That is not ego - we all have our talents and that is my greatest one, and I want to share what I write beyond my immediate circle. Mainstream publishing has become convoluted and I don't have the patience! Thought I'd be daring. That said, if mainstream finally sees the light, I'll go that way as well.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to craft exceptional sentences using language you don't get to see much of anymore. I used to read the dictionary because I Love pretty words. Not big words, just pretty ones that tell a story almost on their own.
What are you working on next?
I promised a friend, OK maybe a few, that I would write a branch-off of Artless. But I also have one started in a different genre. We'll see.
Who are your favorite authors?
Edgar Allan Poe first and foremost. Thomas Tryon. Erin Morgenstern has not written oodles but Night Circus is fairly perfect. Jonathan Tropper is great, fun reading. There are so many.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thought of coffee sipped in the early quiet of the day before promised madness begins!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm afraid that will seem rather mundane. Catching up on good TV. Cooking. Puttering. Always with music in the background or in my mind.
How do you approach cover design?
I don't have a rule yet since I've only written this one so far, but I am lucky enough to have a talented friend and he produced the lovely cover of Artless. I could not ask for anything better and I will hire him for the next one.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do in fact. I was in 5th grade and I wrote it for my teacher just to write it - not an assignment. I believe a princess was involved, possibly a murder but I do recall the last line was "And the wind was restless". I was very impressed with that line I remember. I know I was 10, but that is still a pretty solid last line.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story of magnitude, as in not a fairy tale, was "Tom's Midnight Garden" by Philippa Pierce. It was for pre-teens I think, and it was magical, plain and simple. It involved strange occurrences after midnight and I lived those moments right along with the main character.
What is your writing process?
I guess I'll have to let you know when I figure that out.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I have been told I have a very creative imagination. Harder for me to tell that since the thoughts I have are just part of my brain, but absolutely where I grew up helped my creative process. It was five acres of amazing landscape. I mean it had everything - a small pine forest, a lake with three red bridges that was surrounded by about 8 immense willow trees, a rock garden forest and a tree with a chain attached. A rock from which we all tried desperately to jump off and fly with an umbrella. A 4 seater on a swing set that took us to outer space. We made up and acted out many a fantasy, and it really was a childhood's heaven.
What's the story behind your latest book?
By that I assume you are not asking about the plot but the story of why I wrote it. I wrote it because I got fed up with not coming up with an ending for an entirely different story, and I knew romance was well liked. I wanted to see if I could pull it off so I began to write, and then to develop characters, and it just flowed. I fell in love with the characters. When I finished I wept. Sure, part of that might have been the relief of having finished it, but I think more of it was because I was bidding the excellent people good-bye. But I solved that by reading it again. And I will again.
Describe your desk
Messy but not out of control. "Stranger Things" lighting. Poe's "Annabel Lee" painted on the wall. Dim and dark and really just fun.
What do your fans mean to you?
Well, everything I suppose. They are kindred spirits because if they like what I write then there is a very cool bond right there, no?
Published 2017-08-08.
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Books by This Author

Artless
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 116,350. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Garrett Darrs is the handsome owner of NYC’s hippest gallery, and when his brother introduces him to the struggling artist Carmen, he is thrown for a loop. Captivated by both her off-kilter beauty and the fragile vulnerability of her paintings, Garrett finds himself transfixed. But Garrett knows his brother never leaves a beauty unravished and turns to Carmen's sister, the firebrand Sophia...