Interview with Sappharia Mayer

What is your e-reading device of choice?
My phone or a basic tablet. I love being able to read anywhere and just pick up where I left off. No matter if it is a five minute wait in a line or stretching out on my bed for a lazy afternoon.
Describe your desk
My desk can range from cluttered chaos to absolutely neat as a pin. It all depends on where I am in the process of life. If life is overwhelming, I will make it as perfectly neat as possible to give me one calm space to focus. When everything is humming along, it is often chaos because I'm not taking the time to do anything about it.
When did you first start writing?
I 'self-published' my first book at the tender age of 8, during the summer on my grandparents farm. Glue, cardboard, and the paper of the story were all put together and even the cover was designed by me. In that moment I was the proudest author on the face of the planet and controlled the process from creation to completion. Who knew, years later I'd be doing the same thing on a much bigger scale.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
No matter how much I often want to deny it- I have a thing for control. To know my ideas and voice are heard or seen in the finish product. I also love the concept of being so close to my readership. Being able to deliver quickly and satisfy their desire to move through the story as much as I did during the creation. There is a sense of immediate connections with my readers I don't think you can get with traditional publishing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sharing the stories in my head. I get the privilege of creating worlds and inviting other people to delve into them. It is exhilarating, heartbreaking, fun and arduous all in the same breath.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. As an author, I am nothing without people who enjoy the stories I write. I love hearing how fans interact with the stories, knowing I've addicted them to another one or feeling their excitement (and even disappointment) in the words. Without fans I am but an obscure author living a dream in my own head. They make my words soar to heights of which I can only dream.
Published 2016-06-20.
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