Interview with Pat Cunningham

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Copyright laws. The Mountain Lion King grew out of the Shapeshifter Seductions blog, which is four other writers and me. On the blog we made it a habit of swapping each other's characters and ideas. That's how our free read, Love to the Rescue, was born. However, once we started writing novels (for possible sale) in our shared universe, legal questions arose. What if I write a book using a character created by someone else? Do I owe them royalties? If I sell the book to a publisher, would it be considered plagiarism? We talked it over and decided any stories set in our co-created town of Talbot's Peak would be self-published, to avoid any conflicts with publishers and their lawyers. Mostly we write about the characters we each created anyway, but better safe than stuck in a courtroom.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I can do it anywhere. My favorite place is sitting in bed with a cup of tea with a spiral notebook and a pen. This is also helpful during those long commercial breaks on TV shows.
What are you working on next?
I have a couple of romances in the queue, that aren't set in Talbot's Peak and therefore can be marketed to my usual e-publishers. I'm also experimenting with a YA novel.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King. All others are mere pretenders to the name "author."
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don't. I like to write in bed. If I had home Internet, I'd never leave the house.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Mostly watching TV and yelling, "I could write a better story than that!" at the screen.
What is your writing process?
I usually do a minimum of three drafts. The first is longhand, in pen in a lined notebook. For the second I type it onto my ancient (circa 1990) computer system because that has a printer. Ever since my computer crashed and I lost everything in my hard drive, I've been paranoid about having a hard copy of my stuff. This is the copy I do my edits on. Finally, I type the edited version onto my laptop for emailing to a publisher, or uploading to Smashwords.
How do you approach cover design?
I leave covers to the professionals. Writing the book's hard enough.
What do you read for pleasure?
Just about anything, with emphasis on romance, fantasy, mystery and SF. Recently I've been reading a lot of YA because I've found them better written than a lot of "grown-up" books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Call me old-fashioned, but I like print. Print doesn't crash.
Describe your desk
Dusty. I hate housework.
Published 2015-05-11.
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The Mountain Lion King
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 59,590. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
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