Interview with HANNAH R. MORE

How do you approach cover design?
Since I am new to publishing and really wanted to get a great cover, I asked for help and suggestions from authors in my facebook group. Anyone can join an authors group as a fan. When I pleaded for help many of my favorite authors gave me recommendations. I used one of those and hired an inexpensive cover designer. We went back and forth after giving her my initial ideas, until I got the perfect cover. I wanted to have my lead characters and a natural background representing a key location on my cover.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorite books have characters I can relate to, that I want to be. But I also love putting myself into a fantasy to escape the 'real' world. I love kick-ass females with compassion, who always gets the guy in the end. I require that good always wins and a HEA every time. I would have say that my five all-time favorites are: Sunshine and The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley, the Riddle Masters of Hed trilogy by Patricia McKillip, the Mercedes Thompson books by Patricia Briggs and the Kate Daniels books by Ilona Andrews. I also need to give special mention to the Tellzey Amberdon stories by James H. Schmitz that are more YA than adult.These have all been a huge influence on me.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love pranormal, romance and sci-fi. I also read a lot of spiritual and religious texts.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my e-ink Nook. It is so much easier on my eyes.
Describe your desk
My desk is a side table with a large 'lap desk' on top, pulled up to my bed. I need a really cushy seat due to spinal stenosis and haven't found a chair as comfortable as my memory foam mattress.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and lived in St. Louis until I was thirteen. I then moved to Santa Fe and lived there for two years. I then dropped out of school and left home. I hitch-hiked from there back to St. Louis during a blizzard at Thanksgiving. I traveled for the next six years all across the country as a lay-missionary. I did eventually get my G.E.D. in Denver and went to St. John's College in Santa Fe. My travels have been more of an influence than my early childhood location I think. But the midwest is so green and the southwest is so dry and brown, there is a contrast that certainly helped me feel the very different cultures. I would have to say that I really grew up all over the U.S.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote in elementary school, and got into trouble over what I was writing about! But I really didn't pick up writing again until after my kids were grown and I had the time. I am not good with doing more than one or two big life occupations at a time. I started writing my first real book in my thirties and am still working on that on, called Dragon Tears. But I started Day's Son before I turned fifty. It took five years working on it part time to and then when I was laid-off I took that as an opportunity to finally finish it. I was inspired by my author friends who were participating in the Na No Wri Mo event that got me to really hunker down and finish it. I think I then edited it four times before publishing it in February!
What's the story behind your latest book?
This book came to me almost fully formed in a dream. I have another ten stories that have come to me like that. It was at a very difficult time in my life. I was divorced for five years, unable to get a job and went bankrupt. I was evicted and had to send my daughter to live with her father, since I had no home. Salvation Army fed me. After a month of this hell I was able to move back into the mobile home I was evicted from on undeveloped land I owned out in the country, with the help of family. This land has poisonous water and a broken well pump. So I hauled water in gallon jugs every couple days. I hauled water like that for three years! I then had one month free before I finally got a job and it was then that I wrote furiously, by hand with a pen in a couple composition notebooks, about three fourths of what became Day's Son. I was writing eight or ten hours straight, stopping only to pee or grab a bite. It was the happiest I had been in years.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Money. I'm poor! It also allowed me the control I needed. A book is like a child. An author gives birth to a story and needs to make sure it is handled and cared for well. Being an indie author gives me the flexibility and freedom to control my story.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing makes me happy. It is as simple as that. There is a joy in creating that I have found in only one other place and that was giving birth to my kids.
What are you working on next?
I am working on Queen's Curse about a woman caught up in an Elvish curse on her family and how a handsome and powerful Elf Lord rescues her. However I am also working on a sequel to Day's Son called Day's Daughters. That is about the other two hybrid vampires. One is a man, Steve Pierce the scientist who discovered and created the V-virus vaccine and the hybridization process. He was the first hybrid vampire and he is head over heals for Emily Connelly's best friend and doctor, Megin Ramirez, who has some magical changes taking place in her. And also a female hybrid, Sarai Levi, who really wants Lord Marcus' Sargent Bruce Alba for herself, but he is in denial and still only human.
Who are your favorite authors?
Too many! Tolkien, Arthur C Clark, Tara K. Harper, Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Doris Egan, Carrie Vaugh, Linnea Sinclair, Mike Shepherd, Anne McCaffrey, Simon Green, Tamara Pierce, Vonda McIntyre, Karen Chance, Kim Harrison, Rob Thurman, Rachel Caine, Karen Chance, Lynda Chance, Avalon Claire, Mallory Crowe, Maya Banks, Sylvia Day, S.E. Lund, Jennifer Estep, Claire Farrell, Kelly Favor, James H. Schmitz, Eric Flint, Marie Force, Jeanine Frost, T.A. Grey, Molly Harper, Emma Hart, Liliana Hart, E.L. James, Darynda Jones, Zara Keane, Julia Kent, Rosemary Kirstein, Eve Langlais, Kennedy Layne, T.K. Leigh, C.S. Lewis, Minx Malone, Robin McKinnley, Patricia McKillip, Wen Spencer, H. Beam Piper, etc...Just to name a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My alarm clock! I am not a morning person by nature.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, taking care of my elderly mom and spending time with friends and family. I also macrame leather neck adornments, and will eventually start my pvc sculpture when it gets warmer. I also love watching movies. A story writer can't help but love other stories wherever we find them!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Bookbargain, freebooksy, bargain books and scrolling Barnes and Noble website, as well as recommendations from my favorite authors on facebook. Right now I have over 250 books in my TBR list, so I am putting a moratorium on any new purchases, except from my few special series favorites!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
This one, Day's Son. I actually started another story based on a poem my son wrote in first grade. That one is pretty intense and I work on it when I am in the right mood. That one is Dragon Tears. I started writing that a long time ago. It is very emotional for me and difficult to write. I recently reread the first chapter and was in tears before I finished. I have to be in right mood for that one. I am ready to finish it, but I have two other stories I feel obligated to myself to finish first.
What is your writing process?
I sit down and start typing. So far the words just flow. My mood determines which story I write in that day. Though I am trying to be disciplined and only write on two or three stories. I am being pretty good about focusing mostly on my sequel Day's Daughters. Luckily I feel the stories practically fighting to get out of me as fast as I can let them. They are all in my head, I just need to decide what happens when and where. Writing is a process of getting what is in my head down on paper in the right order. Then other people and events just come to fill out the main characters and events as I am typing. I have learned to keep separate files of characters names and in which book they go!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think my first reads were old John D. McDonald stories. Think misogynistic gumshoe. They may have been my stepfather books? I found them in a box when I was ten. I learned what adult books were! Or at least what a man's fantasy was. I don't remember much of them. Then I remember picking up and reading the Hobbit when I was sick in bed for a week. I was a lay-missionary in Virginia and I must not have been more than 17 years old. I was transported into a world of magic! I have never been the same since. Paranormal remains my favorite genre, with romance now that I am a well seasoned adult.
Published 2016-04-13.
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Books by This Author

Day's Son
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 192,140. Language: American English. Published: February 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
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Vampire King David Marcus woke up in the back of an ambulance with bright day's sunlight streaming around him, looking up at the woman he waited fifty years to find. Vampires don't survive the day, so he was now something different. Det. Emily Connelly's first homicide case turns out to be an interspecies incident way over her head, but Marcus insists she lead the investigation. Will love win?