Interview with Willow Madison

What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was kismet. Like a lot of folks out there, I had an idea for a book that had been rattling around in my head for some time. My idea just happened to be based on a recurring, 10 minute self-gratification fantasy. (Okay, maybe it was a little longer than 10 minutes.)

The moment I was seriously thinking about whether I could or couldn’t write a book, I was flipping through a magazine, and I came across a piece about a woman who was doing exactly what I was thinking of doing. (Not the gratification part). The article made the whole process of indie publishing sound so easy—point, click, ta da. I took it as a nudge from the forces that be and started writing that day.
What do you read for pleasure?
Besides the dark romances, I enjoy the quirky reads—sarcastic comedies, dark thrillers, dystopian diatribes, and the classics. I'm also addicted to interior design and architecture magazines.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the very first book I read, probably some see, spot, skip thing. But I do remember the first dark romance I ever read—"Interview with a Vampire" by Anne Rice. My brother gave me his dog-eared copy when I was probably too young to be reading something of that nature. I fell in love with the characters. When I'm writing a dark romance, I'm reminded of that feeling I had while reading Interview—how the imperfect characters kept pulling me into the story so perfectly that I forgot that it was fiction. I want that for my readers.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
My reading taste is fairly myopic lately. I use search words to find new indie authors—alpha male, rough sex, domestic discipline, and dark romance are some of my usual favorites. I also get recommendations from my fans. So if you have any, let me know!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My work in progress is called "Existential Angst." It takes a look at a captive dark romance from a slightly different angle than the norm for this sub-genre. I give the reader a clear image of all that happened to the heroine in her captivity, and how she's coping with it 2 years later. There's a few twists in the book too—I just love being twisted!
What is your writing process?
I start with character development and a general plot. I also have what I like to call an 'agenda' with each book—it's not exactly the ending, but more of an idea of what I want the story to convey as far as an overall theme. The agenda is what keeps it all glued together, even in the case of a longer series. After I have that figured out, the writing is pretty easy. I pace around or walk my dog when I hit a rough patch. I've been known to talk to myself through a plot point that isn't feeling quite right too—yep, out loud and proud. I'll go back over a book a few times for character consistency issues or awkward dialogue before sending it off to my editor.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Most of my free time is spent in my garden—aquaponics and traditional/organic, but I also like to butcher unsuspecting canvases with watercolors, hike with my Pittie until her bubblegum tongue is flopping out, or swim numerous, ridiculously small laps in my tiny pool. Oh, and I love to travel; near and far, I just can’t get enough of exploring new places and meeting new people.
Describe your desk
It's not really a desk; it's a Mid Century teak table with the butterfly leaf stowed away. It's the perfect size for spreading out my laptop, reader, and papers when I'm writing, but it's also a sunny breakfast nook when I need it to be. Sometimes I just perch my laptop on the wide arm of my sofa and let my Pittie have my lap for her big head though.
If you could bring one book, one drink, and one food to Stranded Island, what would they be?
This was a question posed to me from a fan on my blog, Random Sh!t (
Book—“While Mortals Sleep” by Kurt Vonnegut. It’s not the best book I’ve ever read, not even the best works of his really, but it is jammed pack with quirky characters, satirical observations, and thought-provoking musings. The original illustrations might be fun to try to copy on some sandy beach too. I could see it becoming an old friend that I wouldn’t get tired of quickly.
Drink—I’m sure the practical answer is water, but I’ve never been accused of being practical, so vodka. Hey, don’t look at me like that…it has practical applications too.
Food—Now I’m back to pondering peanut butter vs bacon. I'm going to have to taste test which goes better with vodka...
Published 2016-05-25.
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Books by This Author

We Were One Once Book 2
Series: One. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,750. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
She’s the growing obsession for two men—Simon Lamb can’t quench his desire for her; Miles Vanderson can’t sate his thirst. Fragile and fleeing or resilient and resisting—she’ll have to make up her mind before the decision is made for her.
We Were One Once Book 1
Series: One. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,220. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » General
She offers herself as prey. Not easy prey. But willing. Simon Lamb is a hunter at heart. Miles Vanderson is determined to never let her go again. One story, two men—who survives their obsession may be the real mystery.