Interview with R. Stachowiak

What is your writing process?
I write the story as it comes to me. The editing comes after.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
While it wasn't my first story read, The Odyssey, was the one with the biggest impact. Gods, Goddesses, Sea Monsters, and Heroes. What's not to love?
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is tricky. I usually try to work around a theme that the book carries.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I have to choose five? We can start with The Odyssey and move on to Harry Potter. Somewhere in between those Ivanhoe ranks. From there the Percy Jackson series. This is followed by Mockingjay.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything with action and adventure. Magic always helps.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My first gen Sony e-reader. You could bean someone in the head with it and the device wouldn't break.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth and Bublish.
Describe your desk
Wherever I am sitting. While it would probably be beneficial to have a designated area, one does not exist for me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and writing was a way to take me out of less than pleasant situations. Dealing with their problems was so much easier than seeing my reality at the time.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was small. What was in my head was better to drift away into than what was in front of me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Spirit of Winter came about because of a writing prompt. There was a picture of a woman in a glass coffin and Sleeping Beauty was too obvious a choice. So why would a woman be encased in glass? What if the glass was ice. Why was she frozen? Could she come back? These were the questions that needed to be answered.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The ability to tell my tales without someone telling me that they were not commercially viable. Forty-two rejection letters was enough for me.
Published 2015-11-23.
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Books by This Author

Wanderings of a Muse: An Anthology
Price: Free! Words: 13,710. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
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Do you ever wonder what goes on in the mind of an author? If so, here's your chance to see what the muse does when nobody is looking? So come and travel with me as I see where the muse wants to visit next.
Daughter of Alchemy
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 34,550. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Alchemy is an ancient art; one that Iseult is a Master of. Those skills will be sorely tested as eternal foes try to destroy the peace that she desperately craves. The only question is who wins this eternal battle - monster or man?