Interview with SL Figuhr

What's the story behind your latest book?
A mélange of Fantasy/Paranormal/Post-Apocalyptic.
I've always wondered, what if we had a chance to re-do our world? Would we make the same mistakes, or would we reach a Utopia like state faster.
I added in immortals, of different flavors, who have come full circle in watching civilizations rise and fall. They are in a position to either help or hinder, but by doing so, they risk exposing themselves.
I've tried not to overly romanticize the pre-industrial aspects, as human history for the most part has been brutal, interspersed with moments of advancement.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Cliche time: I've been writing since I was 12. It has always been my dream of being a writer and having my work published. At the time, I was told, get a day job to support yourself with. I took the advice and joined my high school newspaper, then went to college and got a degree in Journalism and Communications. I got side-tracked from the writer aspect when I realized being a newspaper person meant I actually had to go out and talk to strangers, fact check, all the other aspects of the job. So I turned my endeavors to the radio/TV side.
I burnt out on the industry ten years ago, and switched to a new field.
Indie publishing is allowing me to finally reach my childhood dream of seeing my creations in print.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Even if I'm not physically writing, mentally I'm still composing story lines and scenes in the back of my head. With that being said, I tend to be a homebody.
For me, it means hanging out with my cats, reading, watching TV or movies, or mindless internet surfing. When I get bored of that, I like to attend the theater, ballet, opera, hang at the beach, or with a few local groups on topics of interest to me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I was influenced at the time by the Canaby Hall and Sweet Valley High series. I started a series based in a private school which followed a shy, socially awkward girl. I still have the handwritten manuscripts. Today, they would be seen as poor attempts by those who follow shows such as the Gossip Girls, Glee, etc.
The story had heavy 80s flavor to it, as I am a member of Gen X. Looking back on the series now, I realize how innocent and sanitized the stories were in comparison to what is written today.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Only five? Sheesh. Let's call this question my current favorites. So here they are:
-Anne of Green Gables (and the other books in the series)-timeless classics, and I love the predicaments Anne gets herself into.
-Dracula: The ultimate vampire which started my obsession.
-The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice: I like the early books, the later ones, not so much. Her lush style and strong characters cemented my obsession.
-Harry Potter Series: I am in awe of the world Rowling created.
-Edgar Allen Poe's works: need I say more?
Describe your desk
Hah! I don't have one! I feel it stifles my creativity. I write on my laptop. In summertime, I like to sit on my balcony, bake in the southern heat and humidity, and gaze out at the pool when I hit a writer's block. In Spring and Fall, I'll sit out there until it becomes to cold for me. In Winter, which admittedly is mild in my area, I'll have my laptop on my lap on my sofa, with the balcony doors open if not too cold. There may or may not be a cat or two beside me or laying across my arms as I attempt to write. Oh, and most importantly, I have to have some kind of music playing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I start with authors I like, and then look at the recommendations which pop up. I also am a member of several online communities and when author's post links to their works, I'll check it out and see if I'm interested. I've found a lot of great Indie Authors whose books I've feel in love with.
Also-the cover artwork, if it looks interesting, I'll take a peek inside. (Take note everyone: sneak peek is your friend.)
Oh, and a certain giants daily deal-they are the reason I have over half-a-dozen books waiting to be read on my Ereader.
What do you read for pleasure?
Depends on my mood. It really does. There are not a whole lot of genres that I won't read. If it peeks my interest, I'll read it whether it be non-fiction, fiction, or memoirs.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Kindle. I don't remember what Gen it is. It took me awhile to transition from print, but once I realized I could carry a library's worth of books with me where ever I go, I was sold. I still buy print, on occasion, nothing can replace the scent and feel of a book in hand.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The ability to make up my own world, and play Deity, and have it go my way. (Take note, people who annoy me, I will write you into my stories and contrive horrible fates for you.) It's a great stress relief if I'm having a bad day. If I'm having a good day, I get an emotional high from the creative process.
Published 2013-10-26.
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