Interview with Carter Madeline

What do your fans mean to you?
My fans?

Wow the word seems so foreign to my ears but I guess I have to get used to it...
I was always just typing away at my computer screen thinking of my ideas, just imagining my "audience" but to actually have "fans" is awesome! They are the driving force between me writing and finishing a book! Without their support i.e.: reading my book or briefly glancing at it, I wouldn't be able to get my characters' stories out for the world to read or even hear about. So here's to my fans: THANKS FOR ALL SUPPORT!! *raises glass in a toast*
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Apart from my alarm clock ringing in my ears, I would have to say it's to get into the bathroom or because I'm hungry...

But seriously, I guess it would be to try and take down the day in a good way. I would say inspiring a positive change in someone's day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well I spend it either reading somebody else's work and get inspired by that or I'll just make me something to eat and sit in front of the TV watching my comedy and action shows. That is if I don't have to attend any lectures for the day..
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes I think I do remember this.

My dad's cousin had given me a laptop when I was about twelve, not the flashes thing but it was still considered a laptop lol.
I opened up a document page and just started typing. In the end I created about five or six different stories all with the same characters because my mind just kept spitting in new ideas for a twist. It was a good time and apparently I haven't dropped that habit since!
What is your writing process?
My writing process is really weird..
I'll always put like a character profile on a blank page and list the characteristics of that character which then turns into a big scene where I put the dialogue up and then the story sort of weaves into this character's profile..
In the end I just sit there and start writing...
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to show the world my ideas and my characters. I wanted them to feel like they want to keep reading into the journey of my protagonists and where it would lead them. By reading other people's work I thought it must be cool to have that impact on someone else around the world, who knows someone might be picking up your book and reading it this very second!

So just by reading other author's work made me motivated to show my own characters' journey and to share it with the world!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I guess it would be knowing that I got to publish a story!
Also knowing that someone out there likes my work and was in the realm where they enjoyed the story and was affected by it emotionally. That's one target I try to achieve, I want to keep my readers engaged with the plot then surprise them with a twist... it's kinda like an emotional roller coaster for the reader so when they hop off the ride they enjoyed it as much as I did!! That would be the greatest joy I got from writing.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I would have to say my iPad since the screen is big enough and you read a lot in between intervals. I found that it isn't really that "good" trying to read on your iPhone since the screen is small and you don't cover as much content like the iPad.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a very diverse community, everybody was friendly and respectful. We all knew how to joke around and when to be serious so I guess that impacted my writing since I tend to infuse a bit of my humour into certain parts of my story.
What are you working on next?
At the moment I'm just drifting through the ocean searching for my latest sign of inspiration before I make another story. So currently I'm in the planning stage..
Published 2015-02-22.
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