Interview with Ginny Bowman

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up about seven miles out of the nearest town, somewhere so small it barely had its own Walmart. We barely ever had a car, and there were no neighbors to speak of, so with no siblings near my age I grew up basically alone inside my head. Every show I watched, every book I read (and I read every single book the school library owned) I'd spin off into this story with me as the main character. Now, keep in mind this was the days before "fanfiction" or the internet were a thing, so I thought I was crazy! Now when I write I think of those days as practice at making my own characters and my own worlds. Or maybe I am crazy, only time will tell.
When did you first start writing?
When I was in third grade I wrote a book (complete with a table of contents and chapter headings) entitled, "Mary Jane November Mysteries" based on Nancy Drew. I probably didn't finish a whole story, but it was a start.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Speed and control over my (and our) own work. Instead of waiting upwards of a year for a publisher to get back to me about a short story, I can get it out to you today. That's incredible! As for control, my writing partner and I also run our own independent film company largely because no one else can tell the stories we have in our head better than we can ourselves. Its the same with the books and stories we write for publication. No one can tell them in the way we want them told but us.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
First drafts. When my writing partner and I first started dating, we didn't have much time in our schedule for actual dates, so we started writing instead. That is how we connect, have fun, and come together as a couple. That is why we write almost every single night. Now, second (third, fourth, fifth) drafts are no fun, but first drafts keep me going.
What are you working on next?
In addition to several more short stories coming out soon, we have three novels complete and in editing. The first is the novelization of our feature film, "The Chosen" and the second would be the sequel to that, entitled, "Learning Curve." The Chosen series is an urban fantasy centering around four "Chosen Ones" given powers to defeat the ultimate enemy of our time, Janus. The third is something totally different, a noir mystery/fantasy detective fiction entitled, "The Emperor's Crown Jewel". I am super excited about these and cannot wait to show you! Now to get back to editing.....
Who are your favorite authors?
Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, William Gibson, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Agatha Christie.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Music. I pick a music video to watch every evening before bed and that's the first thing I do in the morning while I set up my word processor to start editing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Making films. I act, produce, edit, and occasionally direct for our independent film company. I also homeschool a son with Asperger's and cheer my older children on with their activities.
What is your writing process?
If I'm writing with my partner, we switch on at 9pm and write in tandem till midnight. We'll have brainstormed the story by then and have it fairly plotted out, always with enough room for whatever ideas the other has at the moment. If I'm writing by myself I start much earlier in the day, lol.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
"Robert the Rose Horse" by Joan Heilbroner. Its about this horse that has an allergy to roses so he has to move into town and find something to do. I was maybe four? And it was read to me, I didn't start reading things to myself till I was about nine. But I liked the book, and still own it, cause it was about a person who didn't quite belong until he made a spot for himself. I also like roses, so its a good book all around.
Published 2015-01-26.
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Books by This Author

At the Fandango
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,370. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
A simple missing person's case, a vampire, a nightclub, and detective with a stake in the outcome. Well, a stake in something, anyway.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,510. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
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In today's competitive world, every advantage we can give our children is a good thing. At least, that's what expectant parents Jessica and Michael believe. But where do you cross the line between wanting the best for your child, and wanting the best child?
Hunter's Moon
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,510. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
An unexpected complication arises on the moon's first colony, making the residents wonder if some legends regarding the moon might be rooted in fact.
The Coming of Brighid
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,220. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
It is the Time of Renewal, of Winter changing into Spring. For the Na'Sal that means the time of the Harvest, bringing in the little ones so that their lives can be renewed. They better enjoy it, while it lasts.
A Meeting of Minds
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,010. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Inside a research vessel on the edge of space, shadows move, walls shift, and the crew discovers there are more serious things to worry about than bonus checks.
Cheerleaders of the Apocalypse
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,110. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Lita had gotten very good at hiding who she was, so good she almost forgot others might have something to hide as well. Now she's found herself in the middle of a high school crush gone very, very, wrong and a squad of cheerleaders who are anything but what they seem.