Interview with S. A. Santos

Published 2020-07-29.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to write and publish a book for several years. I had an idea in my mind and started writing my first manuscript. I didn’t finish it at the time because of my daily job. I’ve retired and started writing again. I had no idea what I was doing at the time. Although I’ve read more than a thousand books throughout my life, I didn’t know anything about writing, editing, and publishing.
So I've studied, read, and participated in writing groups. It’s been a fun and enlightening adventure. In the end, I wanted to share it with a bigger audience.
What are you working on next?
I’m working on a paranormal romance trilogy: “Through another dimension”. I’m writing book 1 of the series (Into my soulmate's arms) and drafting books 2 and 3. I’m also editing a romance novel (Truth at last), and some short stories.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are many of them. I like Laurann Dohner, Kresley Cole, Jeaniene Frost, Charlaine Harris, Alice Renaud, Samantha Young. Just to name a few.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My other passion is photography. I guess it makes sense because the word photography means "writing with light."
I love to take pictures of flowers, nature, and food.
There's this project that I'm just starting, which will bring both of my passions together: a recipe book. It's going to be special, because the recipes are from my family, and my mom is helping me with that. We are selecting the best recipes. We are going to make them and I'll photography the process and the finished result. It's kind of a tribute to my grandmother.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I follow many authors on Twitter and find out about their releases and ebooks through the platform. Other sources of good recommendations are Smashwords and Goodreads.
What is your writing process?
I have an idea for a plot. Sometimes a scene plays out in my mind and I start writing it. When I finish writing that scene that usually is not the first scene of the book, I think about the characters, the storyline, and draft the outline. I take one or two hours a day to write. It's not always easy, sometimes I get stuck on a scene, then I take a break. Once a finish the first draft, I start editing, which, for me, is the toughest part. When I'm on my second draft, I submit some chapters for a critique of my writing group. As soon as I get their feedback, I start my third draft and repeat the process.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read fiction and non-fiction. I love romance books, paranormal romance, and suspense. I'm not a big fan of horror books. I also like to read history, mythology, philosophy, and spiritual books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle reader. This is actually my fourth Kindle. But I also read on my iPhone, iPad, or whatever is available at the moment.
Describe your desk
I renovated my home office a couple of months ago to make it more inspiring. My desk is made of wood, with room for my iMac, keyboard, mouse, telephone, and a notepad. It's neat.
The desk is placed against a wall where I have a big picture of The Birth of Venus, by Sandro Botticelli.
Tell us about yourself.
I worked as a business executive for twenty years, and I’m now retired. Because of my job, I had the opportunity to travel to different countries and learn different languages and cultures.
I speak English, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian.
I love cooking, gardening, reading, and photography.
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