Interview with Tori Chaney

What are you working on next?
I have so many projects I am currently working on, it's hard to keep track sometimes! I can say that I have two primary projects currently being written: The Witches of Marble Falls and The Fallen Silk.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jane Austen and Edgar Allen Poe, but I also love Anne Rice and Mark Z. Danielewski.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children. I guess it isn't much an inspiration, more of a necessity. But hey, it works every morning.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read, I watch shows and movies, I spend time with my children and my kitties. I also exercise and take walks (which is useful when I play Pokémon Go!). I spend most of my time writing though. I'm also writing something.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a lot in school, from about preschool on, and we always wrote stories. But the first story I wrote outside of school was a Sailor Moon fanfiction.
What is your writing process?
I sit down and bleed all over my chosen writing method at that time. Seriously. I don't outline, I don't character create. I write and write and write until the discovery draft is finished. Then, I rewrite and rewrite until the first draft is finished. Sometimes I don't even have to rewrite, but that is rare. I am definitely a stream of consciousness writer, a panster so to say.
How do you approach cover design?
I know what I want for my cover better than anyone else. I am a digital artist, so my experience with photomanipulations makes it easier to make the covers. I determine my concept, find the stock images, and just play the cover until I like the product.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read pretty much anything. I usually have four or five books going at a time, each connecting to a different mood I might find myself in. I also have a bathroom book - a book I read only in the restroom. Those books are usually ones I've read more than once before.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing for my entire life. Since I could pick up a pencil and knew the words, I've been writing. I didn't start writing as a career choice until 5th grade, after reading The Queen of The Damned. I've always had the words flowing in my veins, though.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating worlds and characters. Putting the voices in my head on paper, the silence in my mind once I finish a project.
Published 2016-12-11.
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