Interview with Valicity Garris

When did you first start writing?
I have always written. As part of school assignments or just for fun. I don't remember the exact moment I decided that writing was what I wanted to do, but I know it happened when I was in seventh grade. I remember carrying around a small notebook to write down everything that popped into my head, I was just thinking, 'One day someone else will read this and they'll love it as much as I do.'
What are you working on next?
I'd like to finish the series I'm writing now, but I'm still dabbling in other genres. I want to write contemporary fiction, I feel like there are a lot of issues that writing could bring awareness to. You just need the right character and the right story.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Aside from the fact that I'm an absolute control freak, I didn't feel like my writing fit well with a traditional publisher. Being a Christian who writes supernatural thrillers, I got a lot of responses from friends and others saying the writing was good and the story was cool ... but no one would dare touch it. It was too Christian for secular publishers but too secular for Christian publishers. So I thought ... Well, it's my dream, I may as well do it myself.
Describe your desk
I don't have a desk, ahaha. I write when and where I can; taking my laptop with me so I can write in the car, after church, or anywhere. At home I just find an empty space at the kitchen table or even sit on the floor.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My phone! I always have it with me so I can just pull it out wherever I'm at. It's small enough to put in my pocket or purse and light enough to hold in my hand. Plus I can just download an app and get books from multiple platforms if I want.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Bringing a character to life. I know these people aren't real but I feel a jolt of electrifying joy shoot through me whenever I write a character's first speaking line. Its like, finally, they've arrived.
What do your fans mean to you?
More than I can describe. Its wonderful to know that someone somewhere loves what you created almost or even more than you do. They make me want to keep going, even after I've written 'The End'.
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't really have one. I honestly don't pay attention to authors, ahaha. I'm not a bias reader. If its good, I'll read it. If its not, I won't. Doesn't matter who its written by.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Jesus Christ. He gave me the desire to write and the ability to publish on my own. I owe it to Him to use my talents everyday.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watching tons and tons of anime. I'm a total nerd. Japanese or American, I don't care.
Published 2015-08-15.
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