Well, I'm not an indie author YET, but being a published author and poet has been a longstanding dream of mine and I'm starting to put together my first collection of poems to be published.
But as for being an indie author and venturing the self-publishing route, I've got several friends who have been published this way and I find that to be really inspiring, actually. Are they "big name authors"? No. But they have realized their dream of being published and for anyone who loves to write, that's a reward enough in and of itself. Would we all like to find ourselves on a bestseller list? Absolutely! But even getting to see your writing out there for people to buy and read and, hopefully, like enough to recommend to others is something that I hope to attain.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Release. Especially when writing poetry. Writing is actually very difficult for me -- getting past Writer's Block is a never-ending struggle. So when I actually feel that drive to write AND I've got something blazing in my mind for me to write down, that's a thrill as it is. But to see it in it's finished (or not) form where I can see it and pore over the words and tweak it to my present satisfaction, it's a helluva release for me.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't really have any fans yet, actually. But when I post one of my poems somewhere -- whether it's one of the poetry websites I'm a member of or even any of the poetry Facebook groups I'm a member of -- and get good comments on what I have written, it makes me feel really good and I feel very grateful for everyone who reads one of my poems and likes it enough to let me know.
What are you working on right now?
I'm trying to put together my first collection of poems to be published. I've been wanting to for quite a while, but recently I got inspired as to what I'd like to present for my first collection. So now I'm just trying to write enough new poems to put into it and select some of my earlier poems for it too. Not a lot of my early poems are what I would consider to be all that good, but some of them will go into this collection because I believe they are relevant not only to show my growth as a poet but also to show things in my life that brought those poems about. Even with some of those early poems being mediocre in and of themselves, I hope that they can show people that even the not-so-great poems should still be seen and appreciated.
I mean, even Sylvia Plath (one of my most favorite poets ever) had poems, I'm sure, that she wasn't so proud of. Didn't stop her from showing them or trying to submit them to magazines and what not. I identify with her a lot because of the struggles she went through from Writer's Block to depression and self-doubt.
Who are your favorite authors?
Poet-wise -- Sylvia Plath and Mary Oliver where the big-name poets are concerned. I have also been trying to immerse myself in the poetry of indie authors and have acquired some free poetry books on my Kindle. So far, I think these poets are AMAZING and have some brilliant talent and potential. Poets like Alexia Purdy (author of "Whispers of Dreams") and Angie Martin (author of "The Three O'Clock in the Morning Sessions") are absolutely brilliant! Also, I recently found out that Amber Tamblyn (one of my favorite actresses) is a poet. I've checked out some of her poetry and holy crap! She is AMAZING!!
Regular reading-wise, I'm a sucker for paranormal romances for the most part, but my most absolutely FAVORITE novel in the entire world is "The Mists of Avalon" by Marion Zimmer Bradley.
I love the Otherworld series by Yasmine Galenorn (as well as her Pagan books like "Embracing the Moon"); the Demonica series and the Lords of Deliverance series by Larissa Ione (they tie in together) as well as her Moonbound series; there's also the Dark-Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon (and holy crap, that woman is a BRILLIANT writer! Her plots and her characters are so intricate!)
Non-Paranormal Romance fiction, I absolutely LOVE the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling and also the series that spawned my beloved "Game of Thrones" -- A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin (even if some of the character deaths have made me want to beat him with a blunt object, hahaha!!!) But he is also a brilliant novelist and I love that he's not afraid to make his readers sweat and go into anxiety attacks over the fates of their favorite characters. I think he's right when he says that a reader should not be comfortable nor should they assume the welfare of their favorite characters or even the main character. I love that he has the gumption to be so brutal.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Ugh. I don't know, I think it's more of an "I have to get up, BUT I DON'T WANNA ADULT TODAY!!!" thing more than it's an "inspired to get out of bed" thing. If anything inspires me to get out of bed, it's probably coffee. Or tea. Or Mountain Dew. On the weekends, it's because I want to watch cartoons or play video games with my kiddos! Hahaha!!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Pretty lazily. Not even gonna lie. The current state of my room as of this writing is kinda dire proof of it. I'm always on Facebook in my free time, watching Netflix with my kiddos or watching something on PlayStation Vue (the only way I can get live TV where I'm at without having to get cable) or playing video games with them. We're at home a lot, mostly 'cause we're poor and can't really afford to go out and do much right now. But even getting to spend time with them at home is awesome -- for me, anyway. I know they don't always agree, at least on the having to be at home all the time thing. LoL!!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Amazon, primarily. Mostly because I have the Kindle app on my tablet. I actually don't much care for trying to read books on my computer.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh gods....um.....not really, actually! Hahaha!! I think I was about 9 or 10 years old the first time I ever tried writing a story? I think it had something to do with wolves or killer whales? I just can't remember which of those senarios came first.
What is your writing process?
Um......story-wise, it's pretty much by the seat of my pants. I have a hard time even thinking about trying to break it down more with like outlining and stuff, but I'd like to learn. Hell, I even have a hard time trying to use novel-writing software like Scrivener because I get overwhelmed pretty easily.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, actually. I've been an avid reader my whole life even if I don't have a lot of classic literature in my background. I remember being a big fan of the Berenstein books as a kid. I think those were some of the first books to have an impact on me. Oh! And the Serendipity books! It wasn't just the stories with those, I absolutely ADORED the beautiful illustrations! Those were definitely a favorite!
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