Interview with Hyacinth Grey
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, writing is like reading, but with a wonderful twist. I experience the story as a Reader would, but with the control I have as a Writer. The joy is being deep into a plot or a character's thoughts and being able to both read the story as it unfolds and also change it if I don't like what I'm reading!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thought of eating breakfast. I love to eat, and my body needs a meal right after I wake up. Often as I'm waking up, I'll start thinking about what I might write that day. I might even dare to say that breakfast is food for plot!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually find eBooks by searching for my favorite authors to check if they have new books. If I'm interested in a particular fiction genre, nonfiction topic, I'll search keywords or browse categories.
What is your writing process?
I'm what's often called a Pantser. I've also heard it called a Gardener. I just start writing, usually with little or no idea of how the story will go. Being a Plotter, also called an Architect isn't easy for me and I struggle if I need an outline. I also often find that my first draft needs to be greatly expanded before the story feels complete. I'll write a few lines where a whole chapter would be better. This is in stark contrast to when I first started writing. Back then, I wrote pages and pages where a few lines would do just fine. I do a lot of "transplanting" and sometimes a little "pruning," but I find that my stories just seem to write themselves, and then of course it's time to revise and to polish, to edit and to rewrite.
How do you approach cover design?
I sometimes have an idea of what I'd like on the cover of my book, but I don't design my own covers. Instead, I pay somebody to create a cover for my book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
In no particular order: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling; Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey; The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King; The Best Punctuation Book, Period by June Casagrande; and The Ancestor's Tale by Richard Dawkins. I revise this list often, and it is in no way complete. I also like all the other Harry Potter, Dark Tower, and Dragon Riders of Pern books.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love to read nonfiction. I'm not picky, but I don't enjoy reading too much about politics. I also enjoy most genres of fiction. I find that I often read a lot on one subject or in one genre, and then I read a different genre or topic.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my iPad. I use both Apple Books and the Kindle app. Occasionally I read a PDF on the PC.
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Books by This Author
Exposed: 2020 NaNoWriMo Romance Novel
by Hyacinth Grey
Published: March 11, 2023
Susan has a secret: she writes under the name Tina Venture. Martin, her husband, is the only one who knows. Their marriage isn't doing so well, and he might consider exposing her secret.
Unhappy with each other, Susan shuts her husband out, while Martin thinks only of work, where a new client sparks his interest.
Previously published on my blog in 2020 and lightly revised.
Testimony of Outlaws
by Hyacinth Grey
This book is a collection of haiku poetry. It includes new poems, many of the poems previously published on my blog, some of my previously published fiction, and a new piece of fiction.
The Dark Tide
by Hyacinth Grey
Published: January 31, 2021
The gods are angry, and everybody must flee down the mountain before the dark tide rises and destroys everything. Curtis can't go anywhere without his daughter's sketches, which leads him to face many perils. Will he survive, or will the truth destroy him?