Interview with M.S Watson

When did you first start writing?
I guess I really started writing in primary school. I started out with a picture book which if I recall correctly was called 'Marcy the Mouse.' From there I began to write more frequently in short stories in years five and six, the main one of which being the 'Dark Dancers' mini series which was practically my take on another childhood story.
I first began writing novels in length in 2007-2008. I was 13-14 and totally in love with 'Twilight'. Nowadays I can't stand it but I do have a soft spot for Meyer's 'The Host'. Ever since I have been writing to the point where I have lost count at 9 books how many I have started, fleshed out and finished. Glass Bones will be my first published work on December 1, 2013.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind 'Glass Bones' is a completely fictional one. Ira Dennis is a vampire huntress with a sad background that led her nearly to death and to hate vampires. It's one of my earlier works from 2011 which I'd worked on tirelessly longer than any of my other novels. Basically, the story is about Ira as she grows as a young woman, finding love for the first time and that almighty battle that faces all young lovers: should they follow their heart or their head? Is it worth it? Will they be heartbroken in the very end? Hopefully my novel will be able to answer these questions for my readers and fans in time.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Basically, I'm tired of being tossed aside because I simply don't have an agent or because I'm young. I've been writing for years and years now, always making my craft better and better. I'll never get to a point that I'm completely happy with, but such is life. I just aim in order to show other young writers that you don't have to go through the traditional methods in order to become a published author and to further become successful. I plan on writing an autobiography in about ten-fifteen years time where I write about my journey and give advice for other authors. I want to be a success story and to be able to encourage the literary word in the world.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me lies in the messages and communication I receive from readers and fans. I have a follower on Wattpad who will be very glad to finally know that my novel is finally coming out for purchase. Aside from that, writing is a calming influence in my life, although it becomes hectic when I recently signed up for NaNoWriMo's 2013 run of 50,000+ words in November 1-30. What makes it really exciting is soon I'll have my first novel in paperback in my very own hands! I can't wait to see all of my hard work over years and years pay off. It really is a surreal feeling!
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are the basis of my writing, my success, my joy of writing! They are essentially everything to me in the writing world! I love enthralling them with my stories, both my journey as an author and my characters as they fulfil their own journeys. I try and make the journeys as realistic as possible. I often spend months and months researching and scouring over Google Maps to find places and learn their layouts to best manipulate them in a novel setting. In order to make any of this possible though, I really completely and totally on my fans. They inspire me more than a simple idea or thought that pops into my head while writing.
What are you working on next?
At the moment I'm working tirelessly toward finishing my NaNoWriMo novel, Illusion, which I probably won't touch after it's finished for quite a while. Aside from that, I have some new ideas coming up, including potential merchandise for Glass Bones, contests and give-aways for my fans, collaborations, public appearances within NSW, Australia and a potential ten-book series of novelettes that I will possibly be collaborating with a number of other authors from around the world, indie, published and otherwise. If anyone wants to contact me about it, just send me a message on my facebook page M.S. Watson.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are too many to count!
I have an 8GB iPod touch full of eBooks and I have the memory completely maxed out! Overall my favourites would have to be Tahereh Mafi, Richelle Mead, L.J. Smith, Lili St. Crow, Jessica Shirvington, Lauren Kate, Becca Fitzpatrick and more! Like I said, too many to count!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I recently have completed school so my day consists of waking up, showering, watching Charmed, Star Trek and Judging Amy consecutively before having lunch. Then I focus on promotions and spreading word about Glass Bones, Facebooking, picking my boyfriend up from school/work, a little bit of drawing/guitar/ukulele/reading/music-listening, etc. I've recently started up a couple of jobs for some spare money for my car, Sparkles. She's my big shiny baby and she costs as much as one! That's my typical day at the moment.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I basically just click after click after click. I delve deep into whatever ebook sites I can find and siphon through until I find some true gems.
What is your writing process?
When I first started writing novels of length I practically jumped straight into the deep end. However, after many years of trial and error and adopting varying ways of creating my novels I've finally settled into my own niche. Basically, I write a short summary and title for my book straight up in a completely new text book. Then I flesh out some basic characters and write my opening chapter or prologue. From there, I sit down and outline in my notebook dot points of what I basically want as a kind of checklist through the first 12-15 chapters. I also decide in the very beginning what number of chapters I want and I compromise my planning in order to suit. I decide whether it'll be a standalone novel or part of a trilogy or series. I flesh out the remaining chapters once I near the end of the pre-planned ones and write little notes on my notebook pages of little details I will need to know for later instead of scouring an entire novel.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Admittedly, it was Twilight. I thought it was the best book I had ever read and it really brought me into the literary world. There weren't many books like it around at the time for people like me - well, none that I knew of - and so that was where I really started off. As I delved deeper, I saw for myself that there were better books out there but if it weren't for Twilight I doubt I would have started writing when I did, or even at all!
How do you approach cover design?
Admittedly, I am one of those guilty people who will always go after a pretty cover, so I take my covers pretty seriously. I use a combination of Pixlr, Picmonkey, Microsoft Digital Image 2006 and Photoshop 7. I start off with a blank or blacked out image for my cover of Glass Bones, placing my favourite text, overlay, a spotlight center and Pixlr image effects combined over one another in order to create a product that I am happy with. From there I save the book cover itself and work on a copy that I use to create promotional posters that I've been littering all over shops in NSW and ACT.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Usually it's my iPod touch but as it's become really slow these past few months, I've been playing around today with an eReader my future mother-in-law gave me just this afternoon. I quite like it so I think it's safe to say that even though it is pink - I HATE PINK! - it will become my favourite gadget for reading eBooks.
Published 2013-11-20.
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