Interview with Hestia Blackwood

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My alarm clock.
Who are your favorite authors?
You will laugh, maybe, but right now I can name contemporary authors as my favorites, rather than classical authors. Of course, Jane Austen as a classic will always remain a favorite, and in addition to her I must mention J.K. Rowling (her series is the reason why I started writing something other than fan fiction), Rainbow Rowell, Suzanne Collins, Kathryn Stockett.
What is your writing process?
I decide on a theme, idea first. Then, I start to think about my characters, write an outline (a few lines resuming each chapter), then I think some more and once I'm satified, I sit down in front of my laptop and type. I thry to wirte "NaNoWriMo style", meaning at least 1666 words a day. I intend to give more thought to the characters and conflict in the future, as I begin to learn more about structure and creative writing and so on. I hope to improve in time.
How do you approach cover design?
I design the cover myself, but I know a few art students that I can comission for cover art - as in, I tell them what I need them to draw and I pay, but I do the cover layout as I like it. This is one of the perks of self-publishing that I enjoy the most.
Describe your desk
Um. Laptop, a glass of pepsi, a small notebook for taking quick notes, post-its, pencils, a few pens, a large notebook and a photo digital camera. Also, a few friendship bracelets.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really, and I'm sure it was a school assignment.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading fiction and watching movies/series.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, because I read a lot and I have bad memory, plus I try my best to keep my memory mostly for work. I remember only the trully memorable ones (those that DID have an impact on me).
What do you read for pleasure?
Right now, everything not-work-related I read, I read for pleasure. I read fiction, from fan fiction to original works - romance, fantasy, comedy and some drama.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't own one; I have the applications for PC and I use those.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I mostly look them up by genre on Amazon. I also get many recommendations from friends.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to create life, a story and characters and having people read it and like it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Bucharest, and I had a pretty normal childhood in my gradparents' appartment, hanging out and playing with friends, eating healthy food and studying properly "to get a good job and not become a street cleaner". I don't think my childhood shaped me so much into who I am today - as my sister is very different from me, but I suppose my appetite for reading and stories was encouraged by my grandparents and so that part od my childhood was a deciding factor. Also, the part where I'm an introvert. I think introverts find it easier to write books.
When did you first start writing?
Fan fiction, in 9th grade, so basically when I was 15. My first book, I wrote during NaNoWriMo in 2012 and it is called "Losing Touch".
What's the story behind your latest book?
When Pepsi disappears from every store in the world without any warning, Milena and Sorana, two first year Literature Majors students and Lance, a second year Acting Major decide to go looking for the secret recipe. They will embark into a real adventure where supernatural creatures are lurking about and there's danger everywhere, plus the recipe is not easy to find!

This is a parody.
What are you working on next?
I am working on another book of the same genre, a book that will probably be the same size as "Ziua cand Pepsi a disparut din lume"/"The day Pepsi vanished from the world". This one, however, will not be centered around any popular foods or bevereges, but around a popular...disease. I will not say its name, for it will ruin the surprise, but I assure you, it's very trendy, and you will encounter some characters from my last book in it: Amorel Chitoi, Frosa Iluminata and quite possibly, Patricia.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Kristina Horner's pep talk about NaNoWriMo in 2012.
What do your fans mean to you?
Not fans, readers. I want to have as many as possible, who doesn't? Fans are, for me, an encouragement to keep writing and also a source of inspiration.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
That remains to be seen, haha.
Published 2014-07-05.
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Books by This Author

Ziua cand Pepsi a disparut din lume
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,360. Language: Romanian. Published: July 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
Cand bautura numita Pepsi dispare brusc si fara avertisment de pe rafturile magazinelor, Milena si Sorana, studente in anul 1 la Litere si Lans, student in anul 2 la Actorie decid sa plece in cautarea retetei ascunse. Le asteapta o aventura in care creaturi supranaturale pandesc din tufisuri, pericole apar la tot pasul, iar reteta nu este deloc usor de gasit! Aceasta carte reprezinta o parodie.