Interview with Sumiiruka974

What is your writing process?
I don't know that I have a process when I write, I just get inspiration, sit down, and put my thoughts on the screen. Once they are out of my head and in my computer, I go and try to make sense of what I just wrote. Sometimes I write one sentence a day and sometimes I write three to four chapters. It all depends on the inspiration and when it strikes me. But I do try and write at least one hour a day... ;)
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was The Stand by Stephen King. It was not what inspired me, but it definitely opened my eyes to the possibilities. There are endless things to write about, we just need to focus on one at a time and take the journey to completion.
Believe me, The journey is definitely worth the trip.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover designs can be tricky. The way I have my covers designed is classic, I guess. My graphic designer and I sit down and discuss my book and we pull ideas from the characters and story. I try to implement a few characteristics from my book so the reader gets an idea of what the story might be like. so far, so good!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I love all books but my absolute favorite books are supernatural thrillers. I love escaping reality. Sometimes we need a break from the mundane, and come on, can you tell me that you have never fantasized about a strong, beautiful avenging creature? I have and I love that writers can still grab my attention with their heroes. Bad guys are my favorite...but you didn't hear that from me... ;)
What do you read for pleasure?
I read the Bible. I like reading fiction and romance because I like to see love grow between two characters. That is something that is very rare to see in real life.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have them all...truthfully, but I won't go anywhere without my iPad.
Describe your desk
Which one? LOL
I have a desk in every room in the house. I have a desk in my living room, my kitchen, my bedroom, my patio, you just never know when you will need to write something down. Hence, the reading and writing devices. ;)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in deep South Texas, the good old Rio Grande Valley. I grew up listening to stories my grandfather told us as children. I learned of ancient urban legends, true stories that no one will ever believe, and fantastical tales of conquistadores and heroes of old. Being of Spanish descent we grow up with tales of La Llorona, the Cucuys that prowl at night and everything in between.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing while I was still in high school. One of my teachers gave me an assignment, to write an essay on an urban legends. I let my imagination soar, and I fell in love with the written word. Dante Alighieri inspired a few of my thoughts throughout the years. OH, that Divine Comedy!!!
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest book is one that is near and dear to me. In the Bible we find that Nephilim were hated abominations of God, hence they were all destroyed. In my story, I give them life, love and a chance at redemption. Who knows? :)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like to have total autonomy of my work. I decide what I write, the style I want to use, and how long it goes. It is very lucrative as you control when and how much you write.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is knowing that people will read my stories and live them out with me as I wrote them. I want them to laugh when I laughed, and I want them to cry when I cried. If I know that that happened, then I know my job is understood and done.
What do your fans mean to you?
The fans make us who we are. They raise our stories to the roof and spread them through the world so other people enjoy the work that we do for them. Without the fans, we are nothing.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the following books in each trilogy. They are coming very soon, but it takes time to create a perfect world.
Who are your favorite authors?
Edgar Allen Poe, Dante Alighieri, and Stephen King are some of my favorite authors. The authors I read mostly are Katie Macalister, Karen Marie Moning, and Sylvia Day...they are the best romance authors out there...bar none.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am always writing, but I take time everyday to spend quality time with my children, who are amazing, and the love of my life. Without family we are nothing, but dust in the wind.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children are what inspire me to drag myself out of bed each morning. They give me strength and humility to take those extra steps each day. They have inspired me to be better and for them I will always do anything I can so they will always be proud of their mommy.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Everywhere and anywhere...
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It sounds cliché, but the first story I ever wrote was about Vampires...not like twilight or anything out there...there is always a way to twist things around and make them better.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo have helped my work be known.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
They are the gateway that has allowed my work to know it's beginnings.
Published 2014-07-17.
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Books by This Author

Dark Light
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,820. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Nineteen year old Beth Cartwright wakes up one day to find that she is marked with the ancient symbols of the angels. she learns that she is the key that the fallen angels need to gain re entry into their Heaven. Along with some good friends and a rogue Nephilim, Beth will have to embrace her destiny to save the human race from certain extinction.