Interview with H.R. Setalla

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I used to want to be published traditionally. I honestly thought that was the only option for so long. When I discovered it wasn't, I found myself hoping I had another window to get through. But, I heard so many horror stories about self-publishing and about how hard it was to market and distribute, I shut the option down.
Now that I'm older and determined to actually move forward with my work instead of keeping it all to myself, I did some real research. I found this website, along with two others, and I'm going to do all the work I can to hopefully make this my full-time job. I want to be successful without having a publishing company ask for hundreds of dollars a month or a year. I also wanted to keep creative control of how my book looked and who could get their hands on it. I found that self-publishing was the way to go, and I'm ready to take that dive.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing has been my outlet for everything!
I'm a very emotional human. When I feel things, I feel them deeply. When I was a teenager and really starting to go through emotional times, writing was the only way I could cope with it.
So, to answer the question, the greatest joy of writing for me is the freedom it allows. You don't ever have to share your words with the world, but you have the freedom to put them down somewhere anyway. I think that's amazing. I've always loved the term, "the pen is mightier than the sword", because it's so true.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing as a very young child. I would say by five or six? Whatever age it is when you start learning words and how sentences work! [Laughs] My thing is, I've never FINISHED a book, and that's something I'm determined to do now. I've started at least thirty or forty books in my life, but I've never ever finished one. I plan to have that changed soon, and I'm starting by gathering my poetry together and publishing that.
What do you like to read?
I have so many kinds of books I've read over the years! But, my favorite tends to be fiction, mostly fantasy related. When I was younger, all I read was fantasy, I didn't want to read anything else! As I got older though, I fell out of reading due to school and, eventually, college. After college didn't work out, I wanted to get back into reading but didn't even know what was good anymore. That's when I found BookTube and began to fall in love with realistic fiction.
Percy Jackson is my favorite series, for example. But, I also love poetry, and I've started to read more poetry books as well!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I actually use a Nook. Because I'm a Barnes & Noble member, I get a lot more discounts through them and I buy all my physical books through them as well! It makes it easier; I can buy an ebook on my phone or laptop and it pulls up right away on my Nook as well as my Nook App on my phone. I don't have to wait if I don't want to and that's awesome.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors?! There are so many good ones, that's a really hard question.
The ones that pop into my head right away are Rick Riordan, J.K. Rowling (of course), Lang Leav, James Patterson, R.M. Drake, Erin Hunter, Cornelia Funke, and my friend Kara!
Describe your desk
I actually don't have one currently! I write whenever and on whatever I can. I mostly type my stuff, but I have TONS of notebooks that have poems and novel inspirations and chapter excerpts scattered throughout my house. I do someday hope to have an actual desk. But, for now, I type while in my bed or on my couch, and I write poems on my phone or in a notebook.
Published 2017-09-24.
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