Interview with Katie St. Claire

Describe your desk
It's my kitchen table, my bed, the couch, outdoors on the patio furniture, or basically anywhere I have a chance to cuddle up and create.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I don't think it affected my writing at all. I was born with this brain and it wouldn't have mattered where I was raised.
When did you first start writing?
In high school, but it was mostly poetry and short stories back then. I graduated to research papers and articles, and finally, full length novels.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's the third and final installment in The Van Buren trilogy. There's a chance I might come back and do a spin off with different characters at a later date.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The fact that I could. People waiting around for publishers to notice them are going to be waiting a very long time. In the meantime, passionate and natural born writers such as myself can continue to perfect our craft over time. Every professional writer started as an amateur. Fiction writing is quite a bit different than business writing. It's an art, and each person has their own unique way of writing.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Too soon to tell. It's only been an hour. ;)
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating characters and bringing them to life. Honestly, there is no greater joy than creating fictional characters and breathing life into them. The plot can take on a life of its own sometimes, and I love that I can set myself up to go in different directions if I choose. I'm only limited by my imagination.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love them. When someone says I've got "it" or they've never read anyone quite like me before, it lets me know that I'm doing something right. I like being unique and really have no desire to follow the crowd.
What are you working on next?
I'm finishing the third book in The Van Buren series, and am almost finished with my first erotic standalone.
Who are your favorite authors?
Cassandra Claire, Charlaine Harris, J.R. Ward, Stephanie Meyer, Scott Hildreth, Jennifer Loiske, Brenda Perlin, D'Ann Lindun, Jennifer Lowery, K.I. Lynn, E.K. Blair, Callie Hart. I'm really into the indie author scene, and there is such talent out there. It blows my mind sometimes.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Creativity. What can I create today. I love having possibilities.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Gardening, travel, reading, researching, reviewing books, blogging, editing. Pretty much everything having to do with the writing industry.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
A lot of word of mouth. Bloggers advertise FREE books and I download them. Then I read them one by one, leaving reviews as I go. I also listen when my friends rave about an author or a book. Nine times out of ten it's word of mouth, or I've recieved a free, or review copy, and that's how I discover new authors I love.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I scrapped my first full length novel because I wrote it in third person. Initally I wrote it in first, didn't know how to pull it off, switched to third, and then got irritated with it. I actually have a completed novel sitting on my hard drive waiting for some love and attention.
What is your writing process?
I'm a panster. I think about how the plot should go, or dream something, or have a eureka moment...whatever. Sometimes I sit and ponder the best way to take the plot so I don't write myself into a corner. I can usually branch in many different directions when I introduce a plot twist.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Shel Silverstein's, Where the Sidewalk Ends. That ignited my love of poetry and I became an insatiable reader and writer of poetry in my teens.
How do you approach cover design?
I llike the cover to match the story. It has to tie in somehow and be eye catching. I don't like cheap looking covers that don't represent the story itself. So far I have lucked out and found all three of my book covers at selfpubbookcovers.com. I can customize them, and the site allows me to edit and download as many times as I need. It's truly genious.
What do you read for pleasure?
Paranormal, erotica, mystery, romance, self help. Pretty much everything. :)
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my computer and smart phone, and the kindle app. My Nook is somewhere.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I haven't done the big marketing campaigns yet. I consider myself in beta until I'm ready to go. When I'm ready to go, it will be a huge marketing blitz with bloggers, street teams, promotion sites and the whole galore confetti marketing schemes that everyone thinks is hush hush. It's strategic, and I've read all the marketing books, and watched how it's done enough to know what to do when the time is right. Heck, I might even write a book on it. You just never know with me.
Published 2014-06-28.
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