Interview with Priscilla Rafdahl

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It is great to be able to publish on PCs and all other eReader devices and tablets! It opens up a new way for me to get my book out to people who do not want to collect hardcopy books.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I find writing cathartic! I can pull all my emotions into the character, and project those emotions within my writing.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything! Without my fans, I wouldn't have sales, and hopefully my fans our touched by the themes of my books, preventing bullying in the long run.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the 2nd book in the "Bullied" series!
Who are your favorite authors?
JRR Tolkein, JK Rowling, George RR Martin, Stephen King, Ann Rice, CS Lewis...too many to count!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing that today might be the day I'm working on my best-seller!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to surf the internet, play video games and watch TV series and movies...and READ! Yes, I'm a geek...lol!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
smashwords.com and kindle
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was actually a short story about a chickadee bird who always sat in the same tree in my backyard. I was 7 when I wrote it.
What is your writing process?
I just write...then write some more, and it just flows. If I don't sit down and write, nothing comes out. So, I start with a blank page, start writing, and then my book, poem or article evolves as I am writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, I remember reading "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel" to my father. I waited several weeks to be able to borrow it from the library, and my dad made me read it to him instead of him reading it to me. The first longer novel I read was a book called "Catalog" about a cat whose owners were missionaries.
How do you approach cover design?
My son is an artist, so he designs the covers using photos based on his drawings.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Harry Potter series is my favorite book series. JK Rowling goes so in-depth with her writing, and the world she created is genius! I have many favorites, and just finished reading George R R Martin's "Game of Thrones" series of books. I am hoping that the 5th book isn't the last. As a child, my favorites were anything by JRR Tolkien or CS Lewis, namely the "Lord of the Rings" Series and the "Chronicles of Narnia" series.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of different genres. I read mostly fiction because it relaxes me. I love a good mystery novel, fantasy novel and horror. I also like to read non-fiction, mostly true crime and cookbooks.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
It has to be my Kindle Fire. I love the versatility of the Kindle Fire.
Describe your desk
Ummmmm....messy?
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Northeastern Minnesota, where TV was often not available, so books became my outlet into the world and worlds unknown. I have always been a reader, and being read to from the time I was an infant set the scene for me to be an author.
When did you first start writing?
When I was 7 years old, I wrote a poem with my father guiding me to the proper construct. I have been writing ever since!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My last published book is about a young girl who is bullied because she is new to her school. It is written as if she were journalizing her experiences. She goes through some tough tragic events in her family, and the question is: Does she survive?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I loved the idea that I owned all the rights to my books.
Published 2013-10-26.
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Books by This Author

Bullied: Journals of the Hurting Book 1
Series: Journals of the Hurting, Book 1. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 50,380. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
Polly is a 13-year-old girl who moves to a new town when her father loses his job and has to move to gain employment. Her best friend gives her a journal before they say goodbye, and Polly begins writing in it on her first day at her new school. Although she is filled with hope at making friends, she is bullied. When tragedy strikes, does she have the will to survive?