Interview with Valerie Douglas

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a town very much like Millersburg, the town I created for the Millersburg Quartet. (And soon, for The Last Resort.) In fact, a woman I went to school with contacted me to tell me she recognized Millersburg - although I had changed some details to protect the innocent...or the guilty. *grins*
Like many small towns the real Millersburg has its own reality, and is a character itself, struggling to survive as a resort/college town without a lot of industry. The weekend farmers market mentioned in Dirty Politics, Director's Cut and Two Up was real when I lived there, and I went there often.
When did you first start writing?
*laughing* I think in the cradle. As a kid I was always making up stories from the TV shows I watched (my first fan fiction!) or making up my own. I had a VERY vivid fantasy life! My first published work was when I was eight - I wrote a book about dinosaurs and got an A. That was the start. I made forays into publishing over the years, and wrote a couple erotic novels for a small publishing house, but it was discovering Smashwords that convinced me to try self-publishing. I never looked back.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The work in progress or the one I just added to Smashwords?

I like looking at things from a different point of view, whether its my straight romances, or - in this case - my erotica. There are so many people writing erotic novels, especially paranormals. I wanted to write a story where the paranormals are 'normal', a minority like any other.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like being able to give readers a story that doesn't look like every other book out there - not another Twilight or 50 Shades. Nothing against them, but standard publishers like a sure bet. Personally, I was bored. I wanted something else, and suspected that other readers did, too. So, I wrote for them...
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Without Smashwords there would be no other outlet for writing. Once Smashwords existed, so did Amazon and B&N and iBooks... opening the door to other possibilities besides standard publishing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to create new worlds, meet new characters, and introduce other readers to them. The best compliment I ever got was a private message from a reader telling me she wished she could sit in on one of Cam's breakfasts...
What do your fans mean to you?
What are you working on next?
I love Egyptian mythology. The first two Mummy movies were great - except for poor Anubis, who isn't the real bad guy, he just looks that way. So I'm writing in that universe right now... *grins* Wait until you see what I put my poor heroine through!
What is your writing process?
Sit down and type. I'm what other writers call a pantser, I write by the seat of my pants - whatever inspires me.
Published 2013-08-22.
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