Interview with Daisha Marie Korth

Describe your desk
I write from a desk of flesh and bone most of the time. My lap serves me much better than formally sitting at a wooden thing. It also enables me to write anywhere, so I sit by the lake, jot down thoughts while traveling, and while propped on the couch with several pillows. The only exception is the bath tub...
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I moved to Boise, Idaho at the age of 9. Throughout my childhood, I struggled with self-esteem and my relationship with my father. He was a good man, don't get me wrong. He did the best he knew how. But our relationship has had lasting effects on the way I view myself. But without those bumps in my path, I wouldn't be who I am today. My writing reflects a lot about those years, I think. And as a teen, I wrote terribly graphic horror stories that scared my mother. I feel deep down that I wanted to impress my father since he was a Stephen King fan.
When did you first start writing?
I first showed an interest in writing in the 9th grade. I had a phenomenal teacher, Randi Browne, that I love dearly. We were learning visual poetry and our assignment was to paint a picture by arranging words in a poem. Mine was about dancing Senoritas. Mrs. Browne loved it so much she entered it into The Eraser's Edge, a literary compilation put on through the school. Essentially, that was my first publication and the beginning of my love for writing and painting pictures with words.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Noble Courage was published through a company that was not really a publisher, they were just my printer and they charged ungodly amounts of money for one book leaving me, a brand new author, to feel like I failed. That horrific experience prompted me to take matters into my own hands. Have I admired the JK Rowlings of the times with their books lined neatly in book stores? Yes, but I'm so much more fortunate. I do all the work myself so I understand how much time and effort goes into creating and launching a book out into the world. It's very much like giving birth, to nurture it and grow it until the time it is ready, and then introducing it to the world to be read, appreciated, loved, or even mocked. It's a very personal journey and I love every minute.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I love Smashwords. I love everything about how they give authors all the control over their own work. For me, giving my readers what they need is important and being able to download your format of choice is just amazing. Being in full control of my pricing is invaluable. And when you are technically challenged, as I am, being able to actually use the system is a huge plus. They have made my work accessible to anyone who will read it. What an amazing world!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy for me is knowing I can empower someone out there. Aspen, my main character in The Aspen Series, is the girl I used to be and the woman I wish I was. She is very backward until she is placed in a position where she discovers how strong she really is. I think that's true for most people so they can relate and feel empowered to be strong individuals. But she's not just strong, she's humble, compassionate, and just. And as a heroine, she makes human mistakes, she struggles with the aftermath of her struggles, and she finds a way to move forward. I want all young women, single moms, stay at home moms, and career moms to know its okay to have their moments of weakness alongside their moments of strength.
What do your fans mean to you?
Aside from my family and very closest friends, my readers mean everything to me. They inspire me to keep going when I feel like giving up and they stroke my fragile ego with their feedback. Aspen is such a good friend to me so when my readers become friends with her too, they are friends with me as well. I write because I have to but I love my readers enough to be vulnerable and put my work out there for all to see.
What are you working on next?
Well, I inadvertently erased my manuscript for the 6th and final book in The Aspen Series back in December of 2015. It was unable to be recovered. So, I work a little at that but I'm stretching my writing muscles on a little bit of Harry Potter fan fiction featuring my own Libby Archibald; the only American witch to go to Hogwarts instead of Ilvermorny. It is a cute story as well. And when I finish that final book, I have a YA series about a young lady named Renaissance.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite author as a teen was VC Andrews. My favorite authors as a young adult were J.R.R. Tolkien and Catherine Coulter. My favorite author today is JK Rowling. It seems that as my life has progressed, the serious nature of my mind has relaxed and I can absolutely love the magic of these other worlds. After all, the magic is within me. I just had to believe and it all opened up for me. It doesn't all have to be truth and it doesn't all need to make sense. Just go with it and enjoy the story.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My love of others and the love for myself inspires me to get up each day. My day job enables me to educate people to be in better health. My writing job enables me to empower readers. So I'm lucky. Everything I do is with love.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well, I'm an avid photographer. I love nature. It brings me so much peace to capture amazing images that I can stare at later. When I'm not doing that, I love to paddle board and love on my grand kids. There's nothing like the feel of the board under your feet on the surface of the water and there's no better necklace than a baby's arms around your neck.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I follow a lot of links from Facebook. There are many authors I love that I can connect with there. So many groups and so many books! I also read and review by request. My TBR list is pretty long!!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I think my first story ever written was called "Man on the Line". It was inspired from playing with Barbies with my little sister. I welcomed any opportunity to play because I pulled great ideas from all the improv we did. Man on the Line was about a single mom with two girls who was dating a man that terrorized the oldest daughter. Like I said, horror and suspense was my thing in those days.
What is your writing process?
Do I have a writing process? Lol!
I guess I first envision my main character. I envision my setting. Then, I develop an idea, a theme. After that, I just write. Rarely do I outline, I simply recite the movie playing out in my head. When I get stuck, I seem to have long conversations with my characters in the shower or during my commute to work. When it all flows nicely, I vomit words like you wouldn't believe.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I really remember reading was The Giving Tree. I know there were many before that one, but that's the one I recall. Maybe it influenced my connection with nature. Maybe it taught me how to serve selflessly. Maybe it inspired me to be a good person. All I know for sure is I cry every time I read it.
How do you approach cover design?
I have never felt satisfied with my covers until my latest redesign. But it took a lot of trial and error on my part. I had great visions, they just never really looked right. I loved them for a while and then I would outgrow them. Eventually, I decide I wanted one cohesive look for my series and if you've seen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, you should be familiar with the Tale of Three Brothers. I fell in love with the silhouette animation. So I started looking at images that would work. Eventually I bought those photos and had an artist put my ideas together. They are absolutely gorgeous! So my approach has been to chase my vision until you feel satisfied. Even Harry Potter has had several cover changes!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my iPhone. I can still see the copy, I can take it anywhere, and it fits in my pocket!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Well, I don't know what to tell you there. I suppose my Facebook page has helped me spread the word the most. Twitter seems like a good idea in theory, but I don't really think anyone really pays attention. lol!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My most recent book is The Benevolent Light: Book 5 of the Aspen Series. The story behind it is one of triumphing over your demons, finding the strength to stand your ground against what compromises your values, and that people can change although their time with you may be short.
Who is your favorite character that you've written?
Although I connect deeply with Aspen, Cappy is my most favorite. He is just one big brute of a teddy bear with a huge heart and more loyalty in him than most. He is definitely not one that gives up. Must be his red hair and long, plaited beard.
Are your characters inspired by real people?
The answer is yes and no. Some just pop in there, like Cappy. But some of the others are very fictionally inspired by people that have been in my life. Some are people I've lost far too soon so now they are immortal. Some are people that have hurt me badly. But no matter how much a person has inspired them, the characters change and develop on their own until all that's recognizable to me is their appearance.
Published 2016-06-30.
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Books by This Author

The Adventures of Hyde and Zeek: In the Tick of TIme
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 29,110. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
No more school! School just got out for the summer and twin brothers, Hyde and Zeek, have big plans before they start the fourth grade. They think that building a fort is the way to great adventures but they find a huge surprise waiting for them…and solving their first mystery begins! Open up the cover and meet Hyde and Zeek, be a part of the adventure as the Gas Can Brothers leap into action!
Salvation of the Forgotten: Book Four of the Aspen Series
Series: The Aspen Series, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 116,090. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Shadowed Meadow provides harder than the Darktowers had thought it would be, both on the body and the soul. Aspen counts the days until she can take her family far from the forgotten village high in the mountains. But how many of them will make it out alive? The beauty of the meadow is decieving and gives them the scourging of their lives!
Tears of Penance: Book Three of the Aspen Series
Series: The Aspen Series, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 142,450. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
The path of duty and position brings Thorne and Aspen Darktower to the posh and luxurious city of Foxglove Pass where the charming Duke Galant shows them comfort and friendship. Still, there are many dark corners where questions of terrible consequence beg to be answered. Tears fall like diamonds from the eyes of the penitent and fists fall as swords upon the condemned. Tears of Penance!
The Price of Power: Book Two of the Aspen Series
Series: The Aspen Series, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 155,040. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
The Aspen Series continues from the story, Noble Courage, as the Darktowers are met with new duties from the king that tests the strength of their relationship. But in the dark underbelly of politics, sinister plots are brewing...
Noble Courage: Book One of The Aspen Series
Series: The Aspen Series, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 199,260. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Treat yourself to a dramatic medieval tale of love, greed, power and innocence... Fall in love with the people of Elgolan, experience life in a time history forgot, and see why everyone is hooked on The Aspen Series! Befriend the Darktower family today!