Interview with N. A. Spagnuolo

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think creating a completely different world and life of someone that no one knows until they've read about them. Explaining a character in detail, their appearance, personality, mannerisms and having them tie in with the storyline and setting of the entire book itself.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything, although sometimes I don't think I interact as much with them as I would like to. They're always there, to give their thoughts on even the smallest of details about any of my stories and sometimes even very helpful, and sometimes much needed, suggestions for improvements for the next instalment and such.
I really do not know what I would do without them.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are too many to remember off the top of my head, and they're from vastly different genres as well. James Patterson, Cassandra Clare, Stephen King, Lauren Kate, J. K. Rowling, Rachel Vincent, James Dashner, Richelle Mead, John Green, Rick Riordan are just some of the few of the authors that I have on my own bookshelf. Although, there are plenty more that grace the favourites list and many more being added every month.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Food, mostly.
But also the fact that I have things to do - namely, write.
Describe your desk
An organised mess.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything, most of the time, and if I really don't like it, then I'll put it down and read something else.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Majority of the eBooks I read are from self-published authors and I find most of them off Wattpad.com, as the authors on there complete a story and then sometimes decide to publish it themselves.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The iBooks app.
When did you first start writing?
When I was ten years old, after starting to become obsessed with reading.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, although it was very much based on vampires and such. There was no set storyline, so it started off okay until I brought in several events that brought the story in circles and it seemed more like a five stories combined into one. It had no character definition and there was half a plot at the beginning that changed several times. It was very cliche for a vampire story and I am absolutely certain my thought process halfway through was "I don't like it, let's make her run away and start Part 2 of the story" - which skipped a lot of character development, setting descriptions and never came back to what the plot was.

I pride myself in making sure my writing today is to a much higher standard than what it used to be.
What is your writing process?
I start off by writing a basic synopsis, that is subject to a lot of changes and then continue writing based on the synopsis. If the characters take a turn, then I simply follow it, change the synopsis a little. When it comes to finishing it off, I plan out with subject-to-change dot points of what I want to happen in each chapter and voila, a writing process.
How do you approach cover design?
With Photoshop at the ready.
And my friends on standby, for me to send mockups and hound with questions about every little detail.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I didn't want to be in a constant cycle of disappointment if I got it professionally published by a publishing house, so when I saw indie authors on Wattpad, I did some research and decided it was probably the best thing to do for me considering I'm a young author and i haven't experienced it all yet.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Melbourne, Australia but I've moved suburbs a few times. The experience of moving around a little, I think, was an influence on the writing of characters emotionally. But I understand that there would be a greater connection if I'd moved states or country.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading or on Twitter, because they're the other things that I do during my free time. Sometimes there's a little bit of homework thrown in there, but that's usually because it's not holiday times.
How did you come across the idea for one of your latest projects?
One of my friends, who is also very into writing, sent me a snippet of a story she was writing that she'd based off of this amazing image. It was a Christmas present and I absolutely hate receiving and not giving something in return, especially at Christmastime, so I wanted to send her something that would keep her interested and on her toes. I asked what she wanted me to write about.
She answered with "ghosts, spirits and phantoms" which began my journey into my latest story but there are so many more cooped up in my head that there never seems to be an end of new ideas!
What are you working on next?
Currently, the second instalment of the Mine Trilogy.
And after the Mine Trilogy, I have so many ideas I don't know exactly which is next but I'm hoping that I have enough motivation to complete a stand-alone novel without any paranormal aspect to it. As much as I love recreating the world with new elements, good ol' teen romances are another weakness for me.
Published 2015-08-16.
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