Interview with D. Contor

When did you first start writing?
Does when I first learned to write count? For as long as I can remember, I've been a story teller. I haven't always been as aware of the rules of grammar as I am now, but I've always had a story to tell. Whether it was playing Barbies with my sisters, telling them "No, she should say this because that would be funnier," or writing stories in first grade (it was called "Dog," and it was about a dog...named dog), writing and story telling have always been a part of my life.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle: one of the original Kindles...you know, with buttons. I've thought about up-grading, but I'm too in love with my old school e-reader.
What's the story behind your latest book?
III, the first book in THE LEGEND OF THE SALT OF THE EARTH series is about a witch and a mermaid discovering their magickal heritage while a psychic-medium desperately tries to unite them all. If she fails, their small coastal town might not survive the repercussions.
Describe your desk
For starters, it's my husband's desk. As of right now, there's a flashlight, piece of twine, purple pen, pad of yellow sticky notes and box of needles to my left. To my right is a lamp and a bottle of sweet pea lotion. The desk itself belongs to some friends of ours. It's wood; I wish I could tell you what kind, but that's never been my forte. I can tell you it has ceramic pink knobs with purple and blue flowers on them. There's one drawer that's long; you know, the typical desk drawer. Then, there's three smaller drawers down right side.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was wondering when this question would come up. I was an Army Brat. I went to nine different schools and lived in five different states (a couple of them a couple of times). I think this everywhere upbringing lends to my main characters. Generally, the girl has just moved to a new place, or is about to PCS (experience a Permanant Change of Station) when her adventures begin. The girl isn't always a military brat, but she often is. Growing up in different houses with different friends every few years made writing more important to me. I could create friends that would always be with me. I could have one consistant even if it wasn't my bedroom or school song.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My husband has done it, and his success has been slow but sure. I thought smashwords would be a good way for me to get my name out there. It seems that in order to get an agent, authors need to promote themselves first. So here I am.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I would have to say that it's watching the story come together. I usually start with an idea, or concept; sometimes I have as little to go on as a few lines of conversation between characters I haven't met yet or a tentative title to a book that has a storyline I haven't even started to figure out. I love piecing it all together, finding how point A leads to point B and how that eventually leads to X, Y, and Z.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read. A lot. I'm currently reading Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter, and The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. I also spend a lot (as in enough that I'm mildly ashamed) of time watching Charmed, and knitting. My mom called me "spider" growing up because I was always knitting one thing or another. Currently, I'm making baby blankets--I know a lot of pregnant ladies. I also spend a lot of time with my cat. Mostly, it's me doing something (watching Charmed) while Guinevere (my cat) sleeps. I call it quality time.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on the third book in my series. It's slowly coming together. I literally have a page and a half written. It's all a lot of scribbled notes and concepts. I'm also editing the second book in the same series.
Who are your favorite authors?
Keep in mind that my list is ever-growing:

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Ally Carter, Meg Cabot, Libba Bray, J.K. Rowling, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Suzanne Collins, Peter S. Beagle, Charles Dickens, Gail Carson Levine, Tamora Pierce, Bette Greene, J.M. Barrie, William Goldman, Christopher Morley, Hans Christian Andersen, Wilkie Collins, Traci Hall, J.G. Contor, Louisa May Alcott, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Lewis Carroll, Mark Twain, O. Henry, Wilhelm Meinhold, and Victor Hugo.
Published 2014-07-10.
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