Interview with Isa Danton

What are your five favorite books, and why?
I don't have favorite books, I read some books that touch me for whatever reason at the time I read them. Twilight the trilogy for example, caught me at a time where writer's and reader's blocks were at a peak in my life. These books got me out of my fear of the written word.
Angela's Ashes, de Frank Mc Court, because of the lengthy recollection, the sadness behind it. I like biographies, or stories of life, true or fiction.
I like young adults books, because they are easy to read and they help me understand what went on in my life: I read Eragon, found the journey extremely long, still could not just skip it. I read the City of Glass and the other books of the series. It was enjoyable. I am waiting for the movie.
I loved reading the Hunger Games. I have not seen the movies though.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read young adult books for pleasure. I like them. The language is simple, straight to the point and the action is sure to keep you awake.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
For now I have a Kindle. I would have bought a Nook colour, but they are not available where I live. Now that I have grown used to reading on an electronic device, I am pretty sure I can read on any. I should really buy a new one, mine is like... 4 years old or so.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far, just the word of mouth, which explains why I only sell about 15 books per month on the good months.
I have signed up for several newsletters teaching how to make money as a writer, I read them at first, then I lose interest because all this takes time.
I believe a good website is a must, but several websites are best. I have just created my second website, and this time, I paid attention to SEO, because apparently it is extremely important. Fingers crossed!
I want to improve my author pages on the sites where my books are for sale: smashwords, Amazon, Createspace. Once this is done, let's see, I'll come back and update if need be.
Describe your desk
I have a laptop with a new battery... so my desk is the world. However, I do have a space called "Office" at home. The walls are white (I like that!), the two desks there are white also. I have photos that matter to me as decorationst. I don't like clutter, but I have it, like everyone else. Now and then, I clean swipe my work environment which gives me renewed energy.
On my desk, there is my laptop, my task list (a mouse pad from Memoniak), a pot for pens, 2 plants, and my display board.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the south west of France. When I was younger, I wrote about my hometown. Now, I write stories which are practically not linked to any geographical space. It is a pity, but I just don't know if people will relate to a story based in the south west of France. They are quite used to reading about Provence, but I come from the other side. I don't want my stories to become local or exotic. We'll see.

Growing up there did not influence my writing so much, but growing up in a middle class family did. I believe that social and professional conditions have a lot to do in forming a character.
When did you first start writing?
When I was about 9 years old. My sister got a typewriter for a present, and I loved it. I wrote everyday. Stories with large families, orphans, sad stories. Everyone died in my stories, but I did not realise it until much later on. Writing was for me a way to exorcise my fear of death.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book in publication is not the latest book I wrote. The latest book I wrote is called Walking with a Narcissistic Person. There are 2 versions of it: a Kindle version, quite simple, and a paperback which is a workbook.
The story behind this book is my own past living with a narcissist and trying to leave him. Ten long years of suffering and not understanding what I was doing wrong. I would like to help other women get out of such diabolic relationships. It would have been easier for me if I had known what I was facing and how to proceed to escape.
The workbook helps women reflect on their story and recognise that somewhere along the relationship, they have given up on their self-worth. It gives tools on how to improve this and gain freedom again.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Indie author is quite a new thing. Before I tried the traditional route. It's painful and endless. Self-publishing is the best. I get to do what I think is right, and it helps me in the creative process.
I have far less time for myself than I would have if I was working for Isa Danton, developing her market, but still, it is better than giving up my rights to someone else.
Of course, the main reason why I am an indie author is that I did not get published before. I actually did not send any of the books on Smashwords or Amazon to publishers, I went straight for self-publishing, it is easy and I keep control on what I do.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
So far it did not, as I am not succesful. However, I have not worked with it. The more you give, the more you get. I only published my books here and waited, which is not proactive.
I am now motivated to work on my author pages and describe my skills and what I have to offer to readers. Then I'll come back and update this with more news.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I believe it is when I read a story again wondering "who wrote this?" It is a pleasurable moment. I also enjoy seeing my book on my bookshelf.
The first draft is always difficult. Reading and editing, getting it right, just like I had wished, this is great. And of course, I long for the time when, while editiong my story, I put it back exactly the way it was to begin with... then I know I am done with editing.
What do your fans mean to you?
So far, I don't have fans. However, I do have ideas about what it would be like. Fans are important. I would love to get fan mail and feedback. So far, the few comments I got on Amazon were mostly negative from people who obviously did not understand what I was trying to achieve, or bought the book without reading the descrption... or it was my fault for not describing my book at all.
Fans would mean people who trust me to write something they like. I will be honored when I have fans.
What are you working on next?
Another volume of Walking with a Narcissist. This will probably never end.
I work on a murder story too, which is a fantastic challenge for me, as I have never written this kind of story before.
I also have a new story for the Lunch Break Love Stories. It is called Men, and is about... well... men. I would like to publish both in November, so I can work on NaNoWriMo freely.
Who are your favorite authors?
I like books by Dan Brown, but sometimes, I get tired of reading them. Nicholas Sparks is definitely my favorite. He writes people and emotions the way I'd love to do it. Every single book of his is a treasure, he never misses, always delivers.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Never had a problem with this. I get up before the clock rings. I like morning, and I love breakfast, always have.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a single Mom, so, with my son, taking care of him, or looking after our animals. Then of course, I work.
Lately, I have started looking after myself a bit, so I practice fitness three times per week, and I do nordic walking.
Published 2013-09-07.
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Cupid Mistakes
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