Interview with Rhiannon RhiannonSTR@yahoo.com

What is your writing process?
Writing needs to be free flowing at first. I sit and just write anything and everything that comes to mind.I don't limit myself at all. I blog every day so, it's really important that I get a lot out every single day. I want it to be as close as straight from my mind as I possibly can. Then I edit.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes. The first story I ever read was called, "Are you my mother?" I remember being absolutely thrilled that I could read it without my mom. There was a kind of power in it. I didn't even really care about the story itself, I was just excited that this new world opened up for me.
How do you approach cover design?
I was an oil painter for about ten years. I love to paint, so painting my own designs feels like the natural thing to do. I would like to learn a lot more about what makes a great cover though and paint accordingly.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I have an absolutely love for books, it's hard for me to choose just five, but I love "Don't Shoot the Dog," by Karen Pryor, "The Success Principals," by Jack Canfield, "The Relationship Handbook," by George Pransky, "The Power of Now," Eckhart Tolle and "The New Physics of Love" by Henry Grayson.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I just entered the world of cell phones. I'm always out and about, I love that I can read a book on my phone.
Describe your desk
Wherever I want to be, usually on my lap. I write from my laptop, usually surrounded by three or four different kinds of food and a cup of coffee. I've never been one of those people that had gadgets or devices, so when my parents bought me a laptop last year, I didn't know that it was a completely different game than having a desktop. I never say never, but I really don't think I'll go back to a desktop.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a very small waterfront town in Rhode Island called Appounaug. Everyone knows everyone there, and if you moved there within the past fifteen years you're still the new neighbors. I'm still known as: "Donna and Dave's daughter". I'm not sure how the town influenced me, but witnessing my parent's relationship has proven to me that relationships can grow stronger over time. This has been what's inspired me to want to learn how to have it and share what I learn with everyone that I can.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing books since I was in kindergarten. I've always loved it. Unfortunately, I'm not really sure about proper grammar and sentence structure. I've always thought that it wasn't important as long as the story was told. Now I realize that it's very important and I do need to learn more. So, to answer the question, I've been writing since I learned to hold a pencil, but I'm just now learning how to write.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I believe that people really like things to be very simple, it makes no sense that it seems to be human nature to complicate everything. After my divorce I decided that I never wanted to go through such pain again. I decided that I would do everything in my power to have a happy, loving relationship. For three years of pretty much spending all of my free time reading about relationships and putting what I was learning into practice, I noticed that what every single book was saying, what every single happy couple I came across had and what what happening when things were really working in my relationship, all boiled down to this one thing. It was an aha moment for me. I love it when things are simple, so I started writing every day about two years ago and have written thousands of pages. This is my first book that I compiled out of all of these pages. I'm planning on there being many more, but I wanted this to be the first because it's truly the foundation to build on.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I decided to leave my art career behind, I went through a real identity crisis. It was the only work I'd ever known besides the food service industry. I was an artist, that's how everyone knew me and I never thought I'd be anything else. I had a mini breakdown when I finally realized that I didn't want to do it anymore. After months of soul searching, I came up with an answer to "What is my purpose?" that truly felt right. My life purpose is to love, be truly loving, happily connect with others deeply and make my relationships the best that they can be by being the best partner that I can be, and then teach others to do the same. I'm just getting started, and ebooks feel like a good beginner platform.
Published 2014-03-29.
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Books by This Author

20 Days of Inner Alchemy to Create the Close, Happy and Loving Relationship You Desire
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 44,480. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Marriage
Stop struggling in your relationship. Create positive, lasting change at the source of all of relationship issues: you as a partner. Changing your behaviors doesn't work. It's like trying to bail out a flooded boat without finding and fixing the leak. This book will teach you to create lasting change at the source of all of your behaviors to have more love, closeness and joy in your relationship.