Interview with Eileen Troemel

Published 2015-03-30.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I write, I'm taken to a different place. It may sound cheesy but I'm a conduit for a story. I laugh, cry, rage with my characters and hope my readers will too. I love telling a good story.
What do your fans mean to you?
I view my fans as my supporters. I hope they read my stories and connect in some way with them.
Who are your favorite authors?
This is a difficult question because there are so many good authors out there. Piers Anthony and Anne McCaffrey in sci fi, Nora Roberts/JD Robb in romance, Tamora Pierce and JK Rowling in childrens/YA. One of my daughters is a librarian so she tells me great authors all the time.
What are you working on next?
Currently I have three books in production - two more in the Wayfarer series - Wayfarer Trials and #7 which I haven't named yet; I also have Murder Next Door which takes place in the future. I'm writing the Wayfarer 8 and Defenders 3. I have notes on my phone for three other books. I just keep going....
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Inspiration comes in many forms. First and foremost my husband and daughters support my writing and everything. After that nature plays a huge role in what inspires my thought process.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Crocheting is huge for me. I love to create useful and beautiful things for my loved ones. In addition to that I am the family historian so genealogy is very intriguing. Reading transports me to different places or makes me think. Either of which is great as it expands my experience with words. I love to watch a good movie - whether it is action or soppy love story - I'll watch almost anything once.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the family farm in southern Wisconsin. My parents were readers, my sisters and brother were all readers. I used to take my favorite book out to the hill by our woods or into my red maple tree and read when I got free time. Farming gave me a love for animals, land, and nature. A family farm is all about working hard. This is part of what drives me and keeps me working hard on producing books. I'm the youngest and my father instilled a belief in me I could do whatever I set my mind to. Life happened and I didn't think he was right until my daughters were all adults. Then I came back to writing and realized there was only one thing stopping me... me... So I let go of my fears and reservations and started writing - again.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
My middle daughter is a librarian and reads about 1000 books a year. She recommends most of the books I read.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
In third grade we had to write stories. I wrote about Flora's Flower Shop. This is when I fell in love with writing and telling stories.
What is your writing process?
Something will trigger my imagination and from there it is write, write write. From there it is edit and research other books in the genre before going into production.
How do you approach cover design?
When designing a cover, I look for symbols anyone would recognize as representing a theme in the book. Then I look for a balance of colors, light / dark and placement of text vs pictures. When I have created samples, I ask as many people as I can to give me their opinion. After I tweak what I have numerous times, I choose the best option and hope others like it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I come from a long line of readers. I don't know the first book I read but when I look back on my childhood the books which stand out to me are Laura Ingalls Wilder books, Paddington Bear books, Pipi Longstocking, and The Witch Next Door series. As I write these out others come to mind as well - I could continue to list off stories that fed my love of reading.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
They made it simple to submit my work for distribution.
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