Interview with Rachel Cisto

How do you approach cover design?
I usually make my own covers since I'm a photographer, so I have a basic idea of color & composition. I generally mess around with fonts and colors until I get something I like, and then I run with that.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything. Everything. I love to read, so I read whatever I can, whenever I can. Fiction, non-fiction, news, literally anything.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't usually e-read. (although I may or may not have read "50 Shades" on my tablet just because.) I really like having the physical book in my hand - turning the pages, feeling the paper, even that book smell. You can't get that with a tablet.
Describe your desk.
Most of my desks are very messy. Occasionally I write at my kitchen table, sometimes at my actual desk at work, and usually curled up in a beanbag chair on my living room floor.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a rural town in New Hampshire, so I didn't have a lot of experiences with different places/people until I got to college, when I moved to Hartford, Connecticut. I like to think the move was beneficial to me and my writing by expanding my horizons and giving me more experiences and things to add into my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I had an assignment back in fifth grade to write a mystery story - it was a horrendous mess of a story. A bunch of pre-teens went on a reality show and had to spend the night in a haunted house and one made friends with the ghosts and tormented the producer of the show but because they stayed all night they technically "won"...now I think about it, this might be a solid story if I re-wrote it...
What's the story behind your latest book?
A group of small-town reporters get more than they bargained for when they uncover a conspiracy beneath a disaster at a local college.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like writing. I think that's all I need, right?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My thoughts get kinda mangled in my head sometimes, so writing came about as a way for me to un-knot all the threads in my brain and stitch them all together into something meaningful.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Consuming news in any format (I'm a reporter when I'm not a novelist, so there's that.)
Published 2015-02-07.
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