Interview with A.C. Virden

When did you first start writing?
Though I've always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, I didn't truly start writing until about eight years ago - when I sat down to write my first book. Even then, I didn't muster the courage to publish it until October 2015.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do. It was a class assignment where we were to write a short story around a single sentence - "She wore a mask and her face grew to fit it." This is when I discovered my passion for writing, though it was several years later - over a decade - before I sat down to write "Flower Child".
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to put my story out there for the world to (hopefully) enjoy. I was also less than thrilled with the idea of being rejected by traditional publishing houses which I understand happens to every author at least once. I may still attempt to publish traditionally, but, for now, I'm happy calling the shots.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, Full Bloom, is the second volume of the Flower Child saga. It is available for pre-order and will be released on May 20th, 2016.

With the imminent threat of Rachael’s return, Breanna and the others live half-lives – constantly on the lookout and seldom dropping their guard. Being hunted for her power convinces Breanna that it’s time to hone her abilities to protect herself. But will that be enough to shield her from Sebastian’s betrayal? Breanna discovers there is more to Sebastian’s past than he’s led her to believe. Just when she thinks she’s learned all of his secrets, another one unfolds. At what point will she decide enough is enough?

Thrown into the path of a mysterious stranger, Breanna struggles with which road to follow – the one leading back to the man she loves or the one heading into a future unknown. Is there hope left between her and Sebastian? Or has she made a mistake in trusting her new friend? Though Breanna’s powers have grown stronger, she quickly discovers their limits. Imprisoned and isolated from nature and the source of her strength, no one but Sebastian can save her now.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing lends a voice to my imagination, allowing me to share it with anyone who cares to read it. Through writing, nothing is impossible. All of the limits of real life can be challenged with the pen.
What is your writing process?
Dream - write - coffee - repeat.
How do you approach cover design?
I do my own cover designs. I try to design them so that they reflect the story they represent.
What are you working on next?
I just wrapped up volume two of my Flower Child saga – Full Bloom. Though I fully intend to get to work on the third volume, I am taking a short break to work on another story inspired by a dream I had. It will go in an entirely different direction from the young adult fantasy – landing in the dystopian fiction genre.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing adventures and romance and living vicariously through the characters in my books, I work as a web developer. And, when I'm not working, I'm in my kitchen baking or workshop creating – all the while dreaming up new adventures and romance to write.
Published 2016-05-10.
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Books by This Author

Flower Child
Series: Flower Child. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 95,220. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Eighteen year old Breanna Kinsley discovers at a very young age that she’s…different. She’s afraid that her abilities with nature will label her a “freak” if anyone finds out. One tiny accident, a momentary distraction, could cost her something she wants so dearly – a soulmate. But if her family and friends discover her secret, will she lose them too?
Full Bloom
Series: Flower Child. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,950. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Being hunted for her power convinces Breanna that it’s time to hone her abilities to protect herself. But will that be enough to shield her from Sebastian’s betrayal? Breanna discovers there is more to Sebastian’s past than he’s led her to believe. Just when she thinks she’s learned all of his secrets, another one unfolds. At what point will she decide enough is enough?