Interview with N.R. Crowe

What motivated you to become an author?
Writing a book was more about taking a journey of self-discovery. I was in a very negative space in my life and decided to take time away from the 'energy-vampires' and focus on myself. Black Lilies is the product of that time off.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has provided a platform for readers and authors to be able to come together. Authors can post their work without requiring a 'middle man' and readers get an opportunity to experience different genres at a mush more cost-effective level. Bargain-reading (bargain shopping for readers).
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My favorite part of writing is when I have an idea of how I want the story to go but the characters begin to take on a life of their own and the story changes and evolves into something that is so much more than you started out with.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything. I know I don't have many, now, but I hope that each of them have been able to be transported to a different world, my little version of crazy. With out the fans, my book is just a bunch of words on paper. When fans read those words, it becomes a story.
What are you working on next?
I am calling my new book 'The Hope'. It is a story about love and the struggles of life, consequences of choices, and rising above the past. It sounds boring when I say it like that, but just wait until you meet Beau....those dimples will win you over!
Who are your favorite authors?
Cassandra Clare, Veronica Roth, Ally Condie, Gayle Forman, Susan Ee, Mary E. Pearson, Kiera Cass, Danielle Vega, P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast. Oh my gosh, there are too many to list.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children are my biggest inspiration. Everything I do is for them. At the end of the day, I hope that I have been able to teach them something new and silly and beautiful that they will carry with them after they leave the nest.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I write in my spare time, which is why the books take so long. currently, I am the Director of a Transitional Housing program for troubled youth/young adults. I am also in the process of finishing up my masters in psychology. Maybe one day I will be able to write full-time and spend more time in my garden, working on an art project, or reading by the beach.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
It varies. Word of mouth is excellent. But often I will see a title that catches my eye or a tag-line that I find curious.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I've been writing little stories, here and there, since I was a kid. When I was in first grade I wrote a short story called "the great accident" about an alligator that caused an accident. It was a class project but it was so much fun creating those characters.
What is your writing process?
I like to come up with a general idea for a story but the rest of the story ends up flowing as I write. I have learned not to plan too much because it never ends up how I expected.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
'Sarah Plain and Tall' by Patricia MacLachlan, was the first time I remember reading a book and not wanting to crawl out of my skin or fall asleep. I don't know why I loved it so much but it was also the first book that I read more than once. I even bought the series (in my adult life) and read it to my children at bedtime.
Published 2018-05-24.
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Books by This Author

Black Lilies
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 93,410. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Vivid dreams were the least of Adora's worries when she finally left her father's home and moved to the California Central Coast to live with her mother. Strange whispering, the sense that someone is following her, a new guy, and an old gypsy tale surround her. Now she has to decide who she can trust in order to save herself from an ancient curse.