Interview with Trisha North

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Well I've always been a bit of an avid reader so I can't say which book was the first one I'd ever read. But, I do remember the first work that had a profound impact on me. It was a book written by Sharon Creech called "Chasing Redbird". I had borrowed it from my elementary school library when I was 8 years-old and I read it from front to back in a matter of hours. I enjoyed it so much that I started seeking other work by Creech and fell in love with the story, "Walk Two Moons" as well. Ironically, one of the characters in the first book I will be publishing here on Smashwords share's the same nickname as the protagonist from "Chasing Redbird"; Zinnia Taylor from that novel, "Zinny".
When did you first start writing?
I remember using journals and keeping diaries as way of self-expression as far back as seven years of age. I still have many of my little notes and short stories tucked away for safekeeping. But I didn't really start delving deeper into the Realms of Literature until middle-school and high-school.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have been creating music and artwork for awhile that I have distributed online without much added support in the way of publishing and have found great success in it. I enjoy the ability to create works organically and sharing my raw emotions and heart with other people. The reason why I chose to be an indie author is for a very similar purpose; I love to write just simply for the sheer joy of writing. But I also have found inspiration during times of struggle through others words and I felt that if I could share an ounce of myself with someone out there perhaps they would grow to become inspired and motivated as well.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy getting swept away into different facets of stories. If you ask most authors out there, similar to myself, you will find that we never know the ins-and-outs and twists and turns of our stories fully during conceptualization. Stories often grow as we grow and it is always a fun experience to see how little bits and pieces link together and to step into the shoes of different characters. Most of the time, I don't even know the length of the character arch for majority of my characters. So it is fun in itself to see how long they last and what transpires during the course of their journeys through my books. After-all, a story is a written account of exploration that is meant to catapult you into different scenes and scenarios. So, I guess embarking on the unknown is a really fun experience for me. I like to be surprised by what I am reading!
What do your fans mean to you?
I love my fans and followers. Anyone that takes the time to read or listen to my words or music mean the world to me. Being an artists/creator, I've found that I can get caught up in moments of self-deprecation at times. So seeing the likes, kind comments and messages is really encouraging and motivating to me. A lot of the time, their words have helped me to see myself and my work in a different light; so that is also deeply humbling.
What are you working on next?
I have a few more short stories that are in production, along with three novels that I've been working tirelessly on for the past two years. One of which will become a series of books that I am hoping to publish as well in the near future. I also have a collection of poems that I hope to be sharing as well.
Who are your favorite authors?
I adore a lot of Authors & Poets but the ones that come to mind are:
Adrienne Rich, Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, Marge Piercy, J.R.R. Tolkien, Veronica Roth, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Wanda E. Brunstetter, Karen Kingsbury, Sharon Creech, Kim Harrison, J.K. Rowling, Claudia Gray, Jeffrey Overstreet, William P. Young, Stephanie Meyer, Ann Hood, Arthur Golden, Lois Lowry, Joyce Carol Oates, John Steinbeck, Neil Gaiman (any many many more...)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing I am usually off producing & editing music, creating a work of art, getting immersed in photography, or working as an Update Editor & Proofreader at Ellen Page Online.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy pretty much every genre of Literature. I adore reading and immersing myself in Fantasy Novels, Fiction Romances, Nonfiction Biographies and Autobiographies, Poetry, Short Stories, Essays, and more.
Describe your desk
My desk could easily be described as an orderly display of cluttered spirals and utensils. But it is a happy pile full of mementos and thoughts that I constantly sift through during my writing process.
What is your writing process?
I am a bit of a panster (Someone that writes from the seat of their pants) by default. I rarely map out my thoughts while writing I enjoy the flow and unexpected insights into the worlds that I birth. But I will admit that fact doesn't stifle my ability to jot down a few scattered notes from time to time that I also enjoy implementing into my works overtime.
What is your background in Literature?
I studied in Advanced English & Literature courses throughout High School and then I moved onto Women's Literature, Gender Studies, Advanced Reading, Debates/In class Study Sessions while in College. I also was a peer tutor through English and Math in College as well. I published two poetry books on Kindle back in 2012 which I will be re-purposing and adding to a collection of poems I will be publishing here on Smashwords in the coming month(s). On top of that I have experience through Proofreading & Update Editing through my work on Ellen Page Online for the past few years. And I have recently started a review/interview project in my downtime called "Trisha Interviews You!" where I write in-depth interviews and reviews on my blog.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have been really inspired by fantasy works such as "Twilight", "Beautiful Creatures", "Harry Potter", and "The Giver" these past few years and I wanted to pay homage to that style of work through a fictional short story of my own. When I was writing "FLAME: Chronicles of a Teenage Caster" I spent a lot of time researching that realm of mystical prose. So that was a lot of fun in itself. However,I am kind of new at this whole eBook publishing thing (although I have published poems in the past) so the emphasis on punctuation and everything is kind of new for me. But I write for the love of writing and I hope that my fans and fellow readers understand the heart and intent behind my words and the stories that I produce.
Are there certain characters you would like to go back to? Or a theme you would like to draw from and elaborate more on?
I would really love to eventually write tiny prequels to my short stories. For instance, I've been dabbling with the life of Professor Calvert before he started working at Blackhearts Academy in FLAME: Chronicles of a Teenage Caster as well as more of a backstory on Marcus Hollander. I thought that it would be fun to learn more about my characters and the reason why they are the way they are.
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
I am in the process of writing and editing a psychological thriller as well as a poetry eBook that I hope to be publishing within the next month or so depending on my schedule and the amount of time I have set aside to do so. The thriller is something completely out of the ordinary for me and my type of preferred writing aesthetic but I wanted a new challenge and have enjoyed the works of authors such as Dean Koontz and Stephen King for ages. And I have just gotten into reading a bit of Joyce Carol Oates' work as well. I think that style of dark mystery is really intriguing and I have been having fun learning more about it.
Published 2016-06-22.
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Books by This Author

Flame Chronicles of a Teenage Caster
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,320. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Summary: Quinn Robbins finds her world as she’s known it to be turned completely upside-down. When a mysterious boy with a curious past appears outside her mystical school, Blackhearts Academy she becomes tethered between the fine lines of good and evil. Will Quinn meet her fate in the warmth of the light or will she fall deep into the shadows of darkness?