Interview with Misty Singer

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing, for me, is taking an image, a snippet of an idea that flits briefly through my mind, and watch as it takes on an entire form of its own. I love watching a creation that started with a blank sheet of paper, or a blank white screen, as it takes shape, reaching attainment because I was able to find the words to bring it life. The entire process makes my heart smile.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I've been an avid reader my entire life. As a kid, I generally read the books my mom had read and left laying around the house. I remember reading Dean Koontz, John Saul and Stephen King the most, as those were her favorite authors at the time.
I enjoyed every one of them - and then I read The Stand by Stephen King, and I completely fell in love. That is the first book I remember truly loving enough to read over and over again. The characters were real, ordinary people. The setting was in the wake of a disaster that was more than just believable, it seems almost inevitable. Even Mr. Randall Flagg was a supernatural being well worth reading about - Friendly, convincing and... Evil to the core.
it was the first book I remember reading where I was completely invested in characters that I had to lose in the end.
I just loved every moment of the gigantic, 823-page book.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have four busy, busy children who keep me busy, busy every day.
When I'm not ransoming rewards for good grades, or handling negotiations over the Xbox, I can be found curled up on the couch or in my comfy bed reading a good book, taking pictures of everything (much to my children's dismay) or watching movies - my tastes range from zombie horror to romance, and I'm up for just about anything in between.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh, my. So many to name and so little space to name them in.
Laury Faulter
Verionica Roth
Veronica Rossi
Megan Thomason
James Dashner
Suzanne Collins
Kiera Cass
Lauren Oliver
LJ Baker
K. Makansi

Just to name a few...
What is your writing process?
Oh goodness - is this a trick question?
I'm not sure I have a "process" to my madness. Some stories, I've been able to sit and write from start to finish. Shadows, I wrote in chunks - and completely out of order. I wrote the scene that danced around in my head, inspiring me on each given day, then went back and meshed them all together until you get what you see today. It wasn't a pretty process, but I changed so much of the story line, as I added and subtracted parts that I initially liked and later felt deterred from the story itself.
I'll let you know what my process is for my next book... once I figure it out. :)
What are you working on next?
I have started work on the second book in The Gifted Series, as yet untitled. Shadows, was the first book in this new series. The publishing phase has been long and arduous, so i am looking forward to focusing on my writing once again.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up all around Washington state. My mom had a tendency to move around a lot, and I obviously went where she went. This influences my writing, because I can honestly say that I understand what it feels like to be the new kid in school... a lot. Leaving people you have grown attached to, figuring out how to approach new people and make new friends... it was exhausting. But I learned quite a lot in the process, even if it felt like torture at the time.
What do you read for pleasure?
Oh, I have wide range of books I love to read.
I generally gravitate toward Young Adult books for the most part, but I will read just about anything with the supernatural in some form. Dystopian society, Zombie outbreak, Vampire romance and I've even just started grazing the surface of books with Alien characters - something I was never really interested in before. I'm an avid movie watcher of all things alien, but that didn't stretch to books... not so anymore.
But, I'm also a lover of historical romance - yes, I'm a complete mush like that. Strong men, smart women... yes please! Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series is one of my absolute favorites - I just love a book that can make me laugh out loud while I'm sitting in a quiet waiting room full of people... now staring at me like I'm a loon. Now, that's a good book :)
Describe your desk
Messy. Enough said.
It's just another method to my madness...
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes - I was about seven years old and I was home sick from school for the day. My mom was working at the local convenience store just down the road and had to endure my endless phone calls every time I wrote a new paragraph in my story that I just HAD to read to her.
I think the story was about a family of foxes and their home in a old tree stump - I went into explicit detail on the structure of this amazing tree-stump-mansion... it had everything I could have ever wanted in it... well, everything I could have wanted at seven years old, anyway.
Published 2016-11-12.
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Books by This Author

Shadows
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 96,650. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
If fate is real - she has a wicked sense of humor. In my chaotic world, dreams have a strange way of coming true, but even I couldn't dream up the crazy that was about to enter my life - and in the form of the hottest guy in school. Now I just have to figure out what to do about all of it... Hopefully before I claw his beautiful blue eyes out. Shadows is the new debut novel by Misty Singer.