Interview with Wendy Ann Nolan

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was in the 8th grade and it was about after a nuclear attack-pretty grim stuff. But my teacher liked it and sent it into a competition. Never heard anything else about it-must have been too grim LOL
What is your writing process?
I create the entire story in my head, to music usually, but it includes dialogue and even the fine details. Then, I either start at the beginning and write all the way to the end-though sometimes I have a scene in my head that is so clear I have to write it down right away, just to get it from replaying over and over. I've never gotten writers block, but I do get stuck on how much detail I need to include to get the story across.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
"Lord of the Flies" I actually didn't like it. My Mom made my sister, make me read it, when I was like seven. I hated reading because I have Dyslexia. Reading was a very painful arduous chore that I would rather go to the dentist instead. But the first book ever, that I read on my own and could not put down was "Fellowship of the Ring". I became very fast at reading then but I still had issues reading out loud because I would triple check every word I just read. Believe it or not, my 4th grade teacher told my parents the I would not read past a third grade level or write past a second grade level. LOL
How do you approach cover design?
It needs to be significant to the story. I wanted to make sure the title pops off the page. Best way to do that is to stand in the back of the roo to see which you can read the easiest. I created mine because I didn't see why I couldn't make it. I already know what I want for the next 7. Ha! You heard me, 7!
What are your three favorite books, and why?
Hmmm, all of Tolkien-of course, He's a master at fantasy. Talk about your world building-geesh, I could only wish I was that clear.
Harry Potter Series is really awesome. And Robert Jordan's Series "Wheel of Time" Though, Mr Jordan died and the series was not completed-just to give you heads up.
What do you read for pleasure?
Always.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
My website is pretty driven fathis.com I get over 2,000 hits a week.
Describe your desk
HA! Well it's comfy and purple with a fur ball sleeping in the corner, and I sleep in it at night.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I tried getting picked up by a publishing house, but the more I looked into it the more I realized 'indie is the way to go'. You have more creative control, more royalties, more marketing control-it was just better all the way around. Honestly I think Publishing Houses are going to go the way of the newspaper in the next 10 years or less.
Published 2015-11-04.
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Books by This Author

Fathis: Birth of a Falcon
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 128,850. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
A war ravaged earth learns to embrace its new Utopian society, with teams of earthlings with extraordinary mental abilities, known as Fathis Teams. An independent girl is forced to join the Peregrine Falcons team to train to become their lethal mental weapon, the Tor. Unfazed by the astonishing powers she possesses, Kealin must learn to embrace her fears while accepting the support of her team.