Interview with Velveteen Viper

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing at the age of sixteen. My first book, 'Roamers', started as a screenplay. I found at one point that I couldn't take it any further in that format, and I didn't pick it up again until 2009, when I rethought the plot and adapted it as the beginnings of a novel.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
In the words of Beverly Cleary, "If you don't see the book you want on the shelf, write it."
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, it's an opportunity to sit at my computer and think like someone else for a while. I get to immerse myself in a fictitious universe and build three dimensional characters with their won thoughts, feelings, problems and relationships.
What's the story behind your latest book?
'Roamers' has been a work in progress for over ten years now, and it's the first installment in a series of three books following Scarlett McKenzie in a post-apocalyptic world. It's a fictional look at how a young woman might learn to adapt in a world where nobody is guaranteed to survive day-to-day with the constant threats of the Roamers, a lack of food and water, and most importantly, other survivors.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on the second installment of the 'Roamers' series, which picks up exactly where the first ends.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Generally speaking, I tend to stick to the same authors. If they release a new book, I'll go for that. Otherwise, I'll search based on the genre I'd like to read.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love the work of Stephen King, Hugh Howey and Gillian Flynn.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social-networking is a powerful tool for getting your work out there. Sharing with friends and family, who then share with their friends, etc. It's also a good idea to find some writing pages on Facebook, for example, where authors can share their work.
Describe your desk
Simple. It's white and almost two metres in length. I always have a notebook and pen within reach, and a photograph of my son. I have three white trays sitting on my printer, one holding paper, the second contains my first ever draft of Roamers, and in the top tray are all the parts I've written so far of the second installment. There are five book on my desk, including Stephen King's 'On Writing', 'Back to Creative Writing School' by Bridget Whelan, and a large Oxford paperback Thesaurus. I write best when I listen to music, so either side of my monitor I have a set of decent speakers.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time with my seven-year-old son, Alfie. He is much more creative than I am and possesses an imagination like no one else I've ever known.
What is your writing process?
I wouldn't say that I have a particular way of doing things, but I always carry a notebook and pen. Sometimes I get ideas from places I visit, so I like to be able to write a brief description while I'm there. Other than that, I sometimes write a short summary of each chapter, but mostly I just sit down and write. There's a lot of editing involved doing it like that.
Published 2017-08-19.
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Books by This Author

Roamers
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,630. Language: British English. Published: August 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Roamers is the first instalment in a series of three books following Scarlett McKenzie in a post-apocalyptic world. It’s a fictional look at how a young woman might learn to adapt in a world where nobody is guaranteed to survive day-to-day.