Interview with S. A. McCormick

What's the story behind your latest book?
Love of the earth, celebrating life, laughter, friends and family, and nature.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Indie is Independent, which is terrific.
When did you first start writing?
I always loved to write, since I was a child.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm looking forward to joining the Smashwords community, celebrating creativity.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Expression; it is self-indulgent, but writing allows and demands complete immersion in the piece. Everyone needs a creative outlet; writing is one that is very demanding but satisfying, if your cravings lean that way.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are beloved readers; they are the other half of the reason for writing. I love to hear how they laughed and cried with the stories and characters in my books.
What are you working on next?
There are three or four projects in mind - literally. I may do a non-fiction piece to get some perspective on some issues before following my goal of writing two more novels, loosely interconnected with the first three.
Who are your favorite authors?
I like any writing that stimulates and is realistic, moving and enjoyable. I don't have a favourite author. There are too many good writers in the world to pick a few. We all bring something to the party.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Usually the dog, or the toilet. After that, the business of life. Pretty practical.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Making sense of what life throws at a person and carving out some time to enjoy nature, friends, animals and renovating. Seriously. I don't know why I enjoy it so.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Absolutely. It was in grade 4 I believe; it was about One of Those Days, where I woke out of bed, hit my head on the wall and knew it was going to be one of those days. My family laughed until they cried; I had to read it to visiting relatives. After that, I won a song writing contest in school and that was it, I was hooked.
What is your writing process?
I'm pretty absorbed in the writing, and have to be careful to separate it from the rest of life. Ideally, I write in winter because it gets dark early, and it's easier to stay indoors. (I'm an outdoorsy gal.) Time is a big factor; I need to carve out huge chunks of time (days, weeks) while still employed to be able to focus. Novels are very engrossing; you are creating entire fictional worlds. The characters and locations have to feel real to you so you can present them and they feel real to your readers as well. Oh, to win the lottery! The gift of time is immeasurable.
Published 2017-01-22.
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Books by This Author

Seasons at Redstone Creek
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 76,220. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Relationships change and flow, as do the seasons. In Seasons at Redstone Creek, Marta Braum wrestles with personal demons, fumbling through life. We get to know a world that exists far from the city, beyond the cover of speedboats and docks in cottage country. This entertaining, provocative story is one of adversity, friendship and family, personal struggle and growth.
Springfield Place
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 40,540. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Behind manicured lawns and bourgeoning gardens, the contrast of its aging structure and decorative foyer reflect the charm of Springfield Place – its elegant lobby prominent; its deteriorating corners hidden from view. Home to an intriguing array of residents who pass in elevators and along pathways, its tenants keep their secrets intact.