Interview with Ciara Garner

Published 2015-05-20.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I moved around a lot. I got shuffled from place to place. My family wasn't exactly stable. It did a million things to and for me. It made me strong and distant. It gave me new experiences and nightmares. It provided me with compassion and fear. All these things I try to pour into my writing. I try to let my reader know exactly how this character is feeling. Do you not know how it feels to fear even yourself? Here let me show you...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Wow. This is kind of an intense question. For the longest time, nothing would actually inspire me to get out of bed. I was sunk into a deep depression. But then I had my baby girl. And I wanted to make her life better than mine. It was a battle, but I was determined to get up every day and make sure she knew she was loved. It's only been one year, but she has been my best inspiration.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing for me is an escape. I get to deal with fictional problems, write my own solutions, and make my characters as happy or sad as I want them to be. It's empowering really.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Don't laugh, but I watch a lot of Doctor Who. I binge watch all the modern episodes. I also game a lot. Forsaken World is my game of choice at the moment, but that could change. I'm also in the military, so that takes up a bit of my time. When I'm with my family though, I'm a super cuddler. :) I just love hugging on my hubby and baby girl.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Charles Dickens, Jane Austin, Anne McCaffrey, and Sara Douglas. My parents raised me on the classics, but I soon discovered fantasy and I will always hold those authors dear to my heart.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My top five favorite books? Well I'll give it my best shot, but really it's so cruel to be picky amongst so many gems. These are by no means in any particular order.

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin. It is very relatable. The actions of Elizabeth reflect what I would do in every situation. The family dynamics are just so recognizable that I feel like Ms. Austin were writing about a dear friend.

2. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It is so heartbreaking. I know it may not be reasonable to like heartbreak, but I have never been so in love with a character as I was with Kvothe. I wanted to just take him in my arms and make his pain disappear.

3. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. Again I think it was out of compassion that I love this book. David truly doesn't have it easy, but I was there every step of the way feeling like I was suffering right next to him. I also loved the writing style: first person, rambling, like it was an old man reflecting on his life.

4. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey. Who doesn't love strong willed women who save the world? And what a world it was! So vibrant! And filled with dragons. I will continue to reread this book always.

5. The Wayfarer's Redemption by Sara Douglas. This novel and it's successors was so violent and thrilling. I wanted to put it down. When people died and lied and killed, I wanted to put it down. But at the same time, there was love and hope and quite frankly sex appeal, and I just couldn't. The good and the bad mixed so well in this book and I love it for that.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to see how people would receive my work without too much hassle. I wanted reviews without having to go to publishers to get my book printed. It's so easy and accessible and that pretty much describes my life. I'm a rather lazy individual when it comes down to it.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on a passion of mine that has taken some years to develop. It centers on an imaginary friend I had when I was younger. He helped me through some tough times, and as dorky and childish as it sounds, I often hoped I would meet him as a real person. This story is how I would meet him and what we would mean to each other.
Describe your desk
My desk isn't a desk at all. It's my laptop and I on the bed with a cozy blanket and something sweet. Or it's my leather bound notebook and I curled up in my seat at school. I love being cozy and informal when I write.
What is your writing process?
I'm a bit of a scatter brain when it comes to writing. I daydream a bit and write out the scenes. Sometimes the middle will come first or the ending. Then I have to try to piece the scenes together and lose heart. I'm not good at the tiny details, the traveling from here to there, or setting the stage. I'm all about the action and speaking. So it's kind of chaotic then slow.
How do you approach cover design?
By pulling my hair and scowling generally. I can sort of draw but not to my own standards. So I try to enlist help from actual artists. That usually turns up a dead end and then I am forced to throw something together that I won't be satisfied with. Hopefully for my new project I can do better because it means so much to me.
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