Interview with Raven Rose

What is your writing process?
It varies depending on the book. I don't have a certain time of day that I write. I simply try to write something every day--no real word count goal or anything. Just something. That way I stay connected to the story and I make progress.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't recall the first story I read by myself, but as a kid my parents and grandparents read me all kinds of things. My dad read me "Slip The Otter Finds A Home" and "The Black Cauldron", and my grandma read me many of the Amelia Bedelia series. All of these still have places in my heart.
How do you approach cover design?
As I'm writing the story an image will come to my mind. I then scour the internet (usually Morgue File) to find something as close to it as I possibly can, then toy around it with it until I have the text just how I want it, etc. I actually really love cover creation. Having the freedom to choose my own covers is one of the things that made me choose to be an indie author instead of going the traditional publishing route.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Hands down, Harry Potter I think will always be my favorite series of books. As a writer, I've learned so much about writing from them; as a Pagan I love seeing magic depicted (even though none of it is close to what real Paganism is like; and as an avid reader I love the world building.

Other favorites include anything by Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe. I love darker stories with a horror twist, and Poe's poems have been some of my favorites since I was a teenager.

I also very much enjoy Sarah Waters, specifically her book Affinity. It's beautiful, touching, and features queer protagonists without the fact that they are queer being an issue.

YA authors I enjoy are Holly Black, Malinda Lo, Libba Bray, and Julie Anne Peters.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I actually much prefer physical books to e-books, but I have a Kindle app on my phone that I use when I do read e-books.
Describe your desk
Mobile. I work primarily on a laptop because each writing session I find I want a different atmosphere. I do have a few choice things that I carry with me wherever I choose to write and set those up.
When did you first start writing?
I remember writing stories as a kid, though at the time being a writer wasn't a dream. I actually wanted to be a teacher. I started seriously writing and making my life as a writer in high school, I think around Sophomore year.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Telling a story. Hands down. That's why I write. Because I love meeting new characters and telling their story. Writing (at least the very first draft) is as much a discovery for me as when I read a book. It's a thrilling experience that I relish.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything.
What are you working on next?
A lesbian YA novella based on the selkie myth.
Published 2014-02-13.
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Books by This Author

Fires
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,170. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
A collection of erotic short stories about love, lust, and passion.
Rescued
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,610. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
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When Julia runs away to the beach and sees greedy fishermen dragging a mermaid on board their ship, something fires up inside her and she springs into action to save her. But Marella is not what Julia thought, and an unexpected friendship blossoms between them. Has Julia really saved Marella? Or has Marella saved Julia?