Interview with Iris Sweetwater

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am usually teaching my daughter or playing with her. Sometimes I might be participating in community and church activities. I love watching reality TV with my husband and play board games as a family.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first, but, I remember the first that made me certain I would be a writer. That was Harry Potter. The story in and of itself is amazing; we all know that. However, the story of the author is even more inspiring.
When did you first start writing?
Not many people believe me, but I actually began when I was about 4 years old. I was one of those kids who was taught to read and write at 2. I began with poetry, which I would write daily. In kindergarten, we had to write a daily journal entry. It was always a mundane topic. So, I made up crazy things so I could tell a story. One time, I made up a story about watching my grandfather die. He was dead, of course, but I had never met him. It wasn't funny to the teacher or my parents at the time but definitely a hoot looking back!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have been writing for others for so long and getting a meager salary and no recognition for it. Most of all, i am often duped in the freelance industry with clients running off without paying. I felt it was time I just did the work for myself.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don;t have many yet, but they would mean everything. I want to be friends with my fans and be an inspiration to my fans.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a lot of things as can be seen on my website. My first book comes out in a few days, and it is a standalone romance. I have several paranormal and fantasy books in the works as well as a short romance series. Most of them will be available by the end of the year.
Who are your favorite authors?
C.S. Lewis, Kurt Vonnegut, JK Rowling, Holly Black, Cassandra Claire
What is your writing process?
I am not the typical self-published writer when it comes to this, and I think it stems from my long, professional background. I am not an amateur just starting out. I have over a decade under my belt. I don't find in necessary to waste my time on charts and planning software. I think of an idea and use bullet points under chapters on a paper outline. I use this to write the whole thing. Then, I proofread and edit. lastly, I let someone else take a look.
How do you approach cover design?
Honestly, this is the part of the industry I am new to. Right now, I don't have the capital to hire a designer, so I do it myself using Canva. I usually make 3 simple but appealing designs and put them to a vote on my website.
What do you read for pleasure?
Most of my books consist of YAF, fantasy, and paranormal. Though, I do enjoy the occasional thriller/mystery.
Published 2017-02-06.
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