Interview with Yza-Dora

When did you first start writing?
In middle school, actually. I had to write several essays and book reports on subjects of choice and always received good grades. The teachers used to tell my mom that I had a great imagination as well as knowing how to express my words on paper. As far as writing a novel....I started 2 years ago. The title was different then and it has been revised at least 5 times, believe it or not, until finally it became the story we have now.
What inspired you to write your story?
The inspiration for our story came to me in a dream and I know that sounds typical for some authors to say, but it's fact. The events and people were so vivid and realistic, and after discussing it over with my mom, she thought it would make a wonderful story. So, bit by bit, we worked together to create the whole synopsis. Plus, alot of inspiration for our vampires and werewolves, came from The Vampire Diaries and the Underworld trilogy.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Oh....wow! That's a very interesting question. After trying to get a literary agent for over 2 years and receiving nothing but rejection letters, I thought, WHAT THE HELL. THEY'RE TOO DAMN PICKY. If you want something done, you gotta do it yourself. So...with my mom doing research on self-publishing, we decided that was the best route to take. You don't have to do alot of editing which leaves out alot of what the story plot's about anyway. Pretty much, we're our own boss and it makes things alot easier.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I'd have to say, definitely being able to express your feelings on paper and not just to a few but hundreds. You can also vent your feelings between the characters you create, putting your self in the picture which helps to release those angry emotions that you're really feeling in real life. Plus, being able to create characters that you can fall in love with, is also one of my enjoyable aspects. And last but not least....having your work completed and sharing it with the world and readers. Whether they like or not, it's out there!
What do your fans mean to you?
As with any performer or writer, it's the fans that make or break you. If they love your work or performance, it keeps one up there in sales of books and records. I'd love to have even a small following of loyal fans whom I can correspond with and believe me, I'll do just that too. I just hope to have someday, a large fan base.
What are you working on next?
At this moment, I'm taking a break for a bit. Just got finished revising and editing book 2 of our series with a third coming out in 2015. It'll be the last of the three book series and maybe....just maybe, a prequel of how it all began. Once that's completed, we'll maybe work on some other stories of the same Scifi-Fantasy genre.
Who are your favorite authors?
Definitely J.R.R. Tolkien. I mean, that guy was a genius. And, J.K. Rowling, as well as a few others in the same genre.
What is your writing process?
Well....let's see. We come up with all the ideas first then begin to piece them together. It's extremely frustrating to do because sometimes it can get me into trouble during the process, unfortunately. My mom and I do bicker, so call it difference of opinion or an artists' temperament flaring but at the end, we come to an even conclusion. There's alot of research involved which my mom handles, which helps make the story believable. Especially with certain locations.
How do you approach cover design?
Oh, boy. Another tough question. The covers definitely weren't the easiest thing to create. After we wrote and completed the story, trying to come up with an image and title that corresponds with it, was a tough task. We went through at least 5 or 6 different covers until we came up with making it look like a journal with parchment pages. The title too, was changed at least 3 times until we came up with one that was most suitable for the story. I found a free site that allows me to piece together and design my own. And we're extremely proud of the results.
Where can we find and purchase your books?
SECRETS OF RAVENSTONE: KEEPER OF LA TECLA (The Key) book one and ON THE EVIL SCALE: KEEPER OF LA TECLA (The Key) book two are available for sale as eBook formats on both Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com, as well as on our personal website with both links.
Published 2014-11-20.
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