Interview with Erin Olds

Who are your favorite authors?
Juliet Marillier is my absolute favorite. As close seconds, Brandon Sanderson and Laini Taylor!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children, although whether "Mommy, I WAKE!" is inspiring is potentially up for debate.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I really enjoy reading and genealogy. When my children are napping, I'm either reading, writing, or working on family history.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I get a lot of books through recommendations. I'm notoriously picky when it comes to buying books, though. I have to really love the story to want to read it again and again. Goodreads and reading groups on Facebook are the two places I discover most of my reads.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I sure do! It was called The Mystery of the Missing Pony! My cousin Ashley and I caught a horse-napper, Nancy Drew style. I was probably 7 when I wrote it. It was even selected as the best story in my grade. I don't remember what the contest was, but I ended up going somewhere with my mom over it.
What is your writing process?
Step one: get idea
Step two: flush out idea in writing book
Step three: outline book (very roughly)
Step four: write book and adjust outline as necessary
Step five: let it sit
Step six: reread, edit, pass it to my betas, edit, edit, edit
Step seven: illustrations and review copies to my review team
Step eight: edit, edit, edit, format, format, format
Step nine: publish
Step ten: start over
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I remember reading was "My Girl" -- I cried so hard when she died. (Spoilers? Surely everyone knows she dies.)
My mom tells this story of me as a two-year-old, though: I loved Cinderella. We had a book version of the movie and I picked it every night for my bedtime story. My parents read it to me so frequently that I memorized it. When my mom would try to make the story shorter (or my dad would add goofy things), I would say, "No, Mommy! That's wrong!" and then recite the correct line to them.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love, love, love my Kindle Paperwhite! Most e-readers give me a headache after about a half hour, which is just not conducive to good reading time. The Paperwhite doesn't hurt my head at all. It's like reading an adjustable, glowing book. Love it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well, I had a different idea and made the worst mistake ever: I told the plot to someone in detail. It just sucked all the life out of it. So I was trying to decide what I should be working on. Whenever I can't come up with any good ideas on my own, I say a little prayer and ask for a story idea. (It always works.) Lo and behold, the Book of Mormon adventures flew into my head. I had already written a little 10-book series called The Fairy Ring Adventures, also featuring Ester and Micah, so I was already comfortable with the format. All that was left to do at that point was to find the right scripture stories, outline, and start writing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Ease of doing it! I'm not opposed to the traditional publishing model, but it requires a lot of effort before you can even get in the doorway. As I was querying one of my other pieces, I decided, hey, why not just get something out there already?
Published 2016-05-05.
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