Interview with Vanessa Bowman

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy of writing is to share what I have done. If my words inspire emotions from people, it is the greatest feeling. I love to hear people talk about what I have written because to me, that chunk of myself that I put upon the page, they have embraced enough to remember it.
What is your writing process?
Music. I cannot write without music playing. My mood usually dictates what I listen to. Usually, I listen to the Nier Soundtrack, Digital Devil Saga Soundtrack or one of my favorites, Two Steps From Hell.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town called Raymond in New Hampshire. It is a small town, not quite to where you know everyone. I was a bit of an outcast due to my interests and clothing choices. The separation from most people gave me a unique perspective on loneliness and harsh words to put onto paper. While I do not hold grudges, the inspiration was both appreciated and loathed at the same time.
When did you first start writing?
I can remember when I was 12, laying in front of my Grandmother's television. I wrote my first poem looking at the blank screen, thinking to myself of other places that I wanted to see. The words seemed to pour out of me and onto paper. As for novel writing, that was a few years later when I was inspired by a role playing chat group on Yahoo (yes, I am showing my age).
What do your fans mean to you?
EVERYTHING. While they are very few in number, every person who has taken the time out of their life to read something that I have written is priceless to me. Life is very hectic and every moment spent reading is appreciated.
What are you working on next?
While I usually write a series I have had kicking around since high school, I have been inspired to write about a genetically altered man and his struggle to keep his freedom from those who wish to use him as an experiment.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh the list is long but my favorite, hands down, is Karen Marie Moning. Her Fever series and Highlander series, amazing! My other favorites are as follows (in no particular order): Laurell K Hamilton, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lora Leigh, Laurann Dohner, Gena Showalter, Jaid Black and Stephen King (of course).
What do you read for pleasure?
I am a romance reader to be honest. I do like a romance with a story line and I am extremely picky with writing styles. Since I have been writing for so long, if I do not like the writing style or words used to describe sexual parts, I won't bother.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. I have had one for years before all the other devices came out.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Either hanging out with friends, my family, dog, watching movies, playing video games or making jewelry.
Published 2014-08-03.
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