Interview with Scarlet Leaf

Who are your favorite authors?
There are many. I love most of Hemingway's books but also Jeffrey Archer, Virginia Woolf, Julia Quinn, Lev Tolstoi and Liviu Rebreanu.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The idea that I will have one more day to write and stroll and read.
What is your writing process?
While I write I visualize what I write. It's like I'm watching a movie and I describe what I see. If the scenes are not right, I don't write them. I don't have a specific time of the day allotted specifically for writing. I wrote even 20 h a day but I also wrote only 10 minutes if it didn't feel right.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like reading and taking walks with my dog. I also love baking but now it is too hot for that.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was eight, if I am not wrong, and it was a story about a child discovering the mystery of the forest.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Whenever I read a good book, I evade a little and find myself in another world. It relaxes me and brings me joy. I want to offer this feeling to someone else. So, I write.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The one published or the one I'm still writing on? The one published is the story of a contemporary career woman that finds herself in her thirties, stuck in a routine she dislikes. She starts thinking of what she missed on the way and she makes rushed decision just to feel that something might change. She will have headaches and she will be in danger, however, she will find what she wants.
What are you working on next?
I have just finalized a new novel - the first book in a series and started the second book. However, the same time, I started the first book in another series. Probably, this one will be finished soon.
When did you first start writing?
Probably by the third grade. I don't remember a time when I wasn't writing.
What do your fans mean to you?
Similar to the air: as a writer, I cannot exist without them.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Romania. Part of the year, I would spend in the capital and part of the year in the mountains. I had the chance to meet a lot of different people - it helps, when you look for interesting characters. I learnt to love the value of nature in my life.
Describe your desk
That's a good one. Ideally, it would hold my computer and that's it. However, my desk displays lots of papers, notebooks, books, the dog's leash... I'm not a very organized person when it comes to my personal space.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am awful when it comes to marketing. However, I tried some advertising on Amazon, social media....
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually, I check my favorite authors first and then I check books that might touch on similar subjects.
What do you read for pleasure?
Crime stories, romance, historical romance.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm not good at networking and I couldn't get to the point to find a trustful editor. I was stuck for seven years with a publishing house and I said it was enough. Next step was clear: to publish myself.
How do you approach cover design?
I know that a cover must be catchy but I don't want to spoil the ending and I don't want it to be too elaborated. I prefer to think of something that would give a hint of the story and I go from there.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a tablet which I can use with Kindle and Kobo with no problems.
Published 2016-07-23.
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