Interview with Summerita Rhayne

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Most writers can’t figure out why they are compelled to write. They are just driven to write. Sometimes it can fade out when the rush of everyday life takes over but it comes back before long. Publishers only accept a handful of submissions depending on the ‘brand’ that they are maintaining. So self publishing makes a lot of sense. However, before stepping into it, you have to decide what you want out of your writing career: i) Money ii) The satisfaction of being published iii) The independence to make your decisions regarding your work. For me, a lot of weight was carried by the fact that I could make all the decisions regarding my book myself. I can choose how it looks, what character gets to stay in the book and whether to write an epilogue or not. That's why I chose to become an indie author.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I can create worlds! I can fill those worlds with characters of my choosing and shape their outcomes. What could be better?
What are you working on next?
I'm working on completing the nest book in the historical series. It is meant to be a total of four books based on the stories of four sisters. Princess Rukmani's story is told in Hidden Passion. Next in Princess Lakshaya in The Eligible Princess. Both are available as print books at Amazon too. The stories of Princess Liya and Princess Kamodini will follow soon. I'm also working on a series of heartwarming romances set around Christmas of which His Christmas Delight is already published.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is best compared to creating a painting. First the sketch is made, that is, I write the gist of what is happening e.g. the bare facts of dialogues. Then I start to fill in the colors. Which means I add the dialogue tags, embroider the description. Go over my research and add more description. I might leave asterisk signs if I cant catch hold of a word, so I go back and search and fill that in. Finally, there are touches to add depth which make a painting interesting. I add bits of conversations. If a continuity is needed, I add more pov or more character introspection. Then grammar checks etc. follow. Once feedback comes in, I fix all that in subsequent passes over the book.
Published 2016-04-11.
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