Interview with Vanessa Fletcher

What are you working on next?
I'm experimenting with different genres and at the moment i'm working on a fantasy series, set on the fictional world of Demorsis.
Who are your favorite authors?
Graham Masterton, Richard Laymon and Terry Pratchett.
What do your fans mean to you?
You can't be a writer if you don't have any readers. You can't be a successful writer if people don't enjoy your work. Fans are everything, they are who you sit down and write for. It's your fans who have the power to turn your books into bestsellers.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The not knowing how the day will turn out, whether it will be a day of unexpected events or a day that you just don't seem to be getting anywhere. Each morning brings fresh possibilities, new challenges, new ideas for writing. I'm an early riser, i don't like to waste the mornings, i like to jot my ideas down then and think about them in more detail throughout the day then write in the evenings.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
With my animals(Horses and dogs) and my family. My ambition is to earn enough money from writing to buy a small farm so i can have Llamas and an Irish Wolfhound!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember the first story I wrote, but I remember when I first found I enjoyed writing stories- It was at Primary school. I hated Maths, but English, especially when we had to write ghost stories or adventure stories, that was when i was in my element!
When did you first start writing?
I've written stories and poetry and even songs from the age of ten. I had a five year break from writing but I've found my 'muse' again and I am experimenting with different genres that I have never written anything in, before now. As a writer, you are always learning and developing your skills and you won't improve unless you actually write. Don't be afraid to try writing something new, you may find you are good at it!
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book I'm writing at the moment is a fantasy novel called 'Tourist Trap'. It's very similar to Terry Pratchett's 'Discworld' series. I've had these ideas about a planet called Demorsis for about 15 years. I thought it was time to get on with actually writing about it, rather than just thinking about it.
The main character in this first novel is Rhiffuston Cobalt. He should have become a Wizard but he decided to go into business instead, much to his parent's dismay. He dreams of becoming an explorer, but his first day at work on his Dragon air bus where he takes tourists for tours of Kanton-Elyp goes tragically wrong. Rhiffuston, his tourists and the one responsible for the worst accident in living memory are flung into a perilous journey, trying to find their way back home. Not everyone makes it back and Rhiffuston re-evaluates what he really wants out of life.
Rhiffuston Cobalt's The Great Plague Tour of Kanton-Elyp, The Wary Tourist's Guide is available to download for free on here and accompanies the novel which will be released in the next few weeks.
This will hopefully be a long running series. I hope they will entertain my readers as much as it's entertained me writing them.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've got LOTS of work I've written over the years, and it all just ended up under my bed- or in the wardrobe. No one ever read them and even i forgot all about them.
Writing needs reading or it doesn't exist. So, much as i hate typing (I write all my work using a pen and paper first) I sat down and typed up what I had written and people actually bought them. More than that though, they were being read! You aren't a writer if no one reads your work. My books have gone all over the world so far.From my bedroom to as far away as India and Australia! It's breathtaking!
I like the fact that it's only time that you need. You don't need ink, you don't need to run to the Post Office to send them to customers or send invoices off etc. It's easy. You write it, type it up, publish as an e-book and hope people like your work.
If it's good, it will sell. If it's not, it won't.
I'm hoping to be able to approach agents once i have achieved enough sales. Through Indie publishing, I will have several novels already out there, hopefully generating interest and a novel is an asset, especially when trying to attract an agent.
The main reason though, is so I can hopefully earn enough money through the sale of my books to buy a farm, before I'm too old to enjoy a farm. If it takes years- a bungalow it is!
What do you read for pleasure?
I read terry Pratchett's 'Discworld' series and I have been a massive fan of his work for about half my life.(A long time) I'm just reading 'Truckers' now and it's surprisingly good.
I also love reading horror, especially anything by Richard Laymon whose writing style is so fast and in the moment I love it!
I also am a huge fan of Graham Masterton. There is no one better at writing vivid descriptions, especially of his characters. Some of his books have literally had me too scared to turn the page! And some have given me nightmares! Now that's the sign of a great horror writer!
Published 2015-06-12.
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