Interview with Yvette M Calleiro

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
There are so many enjoyments when it comes to writing for me, but I'd have to say that the greatest of them all is that it provides me with an inner peace to see my ideas take shape on paper. Yes, I still write by hand before taking the story to a computer. I love seeing the story unfold in my journal, knowing that I created those characters, that story line, and those moments.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything...lol! As a new author, fandom was not something I focused on. I wrote because I enjoyed it (and because my characters refused to shut up until their story was written). ;-) It wasn't until I started to share my writing with my family and friends that I realized how much I loved their appreciation of my work. My first true fan, my friend Rob, has been such a motivator for me that I can honestly say that fans help an author stay motivated during the toughest moments. Seeing his excitement about my characters and his angst over what they experience has brought me such great joy (hehe...yes, I take enjoyment in knowing my readers will suffer along with my characters! Ar'ch, Sofia, Rafe, and Angel shouldn't be the only ones suffering. lol!). ;-) Having him pester me about showing him new chapters and showing him new plots thrills me and pushes me forward! Fans have SO much power, and I look forward to making them very, very happy with my novels.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on the prequel to my series. While I was writing the series, one of my characters made it very clear to me that he had his own story to tell, so I am honoring him with that request (*cough* demand). ;-) It's currently in my "sketching" phase, but I plan to start typing it soon. :-)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I tend to always be busy doing something. If I'm not teaching, I'm spending time with my son or exercising or reading. My son is very involved in sports so that always has us running around, but I love that he is passionate about being active.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. :-) I was in seventh grade. My English teacher, Mrs. Hoffman, was very passionate about reading and creative writing. She truly nurtured my love of books and my desire to write. I wrote a short story called Almost Paradise about my friends and I getting stuck on an island during a field trip. I still have the yellowed pages somewhere in my treasure chest of memories. :-)
What is your writing process?
I'm old-school in that I need to write with a mechanical pencil and journal before ever looking at a computer. My ideas come to me as such odd times (like when bathing, exercising, or driving). So, I tend to always have a journal with me or nearby. In emergencies, I'll type it on the notepad of my iTouch but it doesn't feel right when I sketch that way. My ideas tend to come as conversations since I think in dialogue, so my first drafts tend to be full of my characters speaking to one another. I create a page for each character and spend time figuring out every aspect of each of them. Then, I'll plan the overall plot (which changes somewhat as subplots develop). Then, I write out my rough draft which is mostly lots of dialogue. Once I've done that, I take it to the computer and add in the setting and action and, well, everything else. :-) I know my process takes longer, but it works for me and that's what matters. :-)
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I doubt I can remember the first story I ever read because my memory just doesn't work very well. I know that there are two novels that really made an impression on me as a tween. The first was JRR Tolkein's The Hobbit. My 7th grade English teacher read it to us, and I was completely captivated not only with her storytelling ability, but with the fantasy world that Tolkein created. I was absolutely in love with all of the characters, especially Smeagol (on a side note, it's also where I believe my very real fear of spiders was developed...lol). The other book that opened my love of reading was My Sweet Audrina by VC Andrews. It was the first time I had read a book like that, and I was so captivated with how twisted people could be. I loved the surprise ending (well, it was a surprise for me when I first read it). I loved her book so much that I had to read every book that she ever wrote (even the ones that were written in her name in the few years after she died). I think that was the first time I ever experienced being a fan of an author. Now, I'm totally addicted to several different authors. :-)
What do you read for pleasure?
I love reading young adult books as well as paranormal books (YA or adult). I also love dystopian novels as well as some thriller books. I'm really into the paranormal books right now. There's just something fun and alluring about vampires and were-animals and humans with special powers. I love strong female characters who can hold their own and sexy male characters who are fierce and strong but tend to have a need for a female to make them whole. Mostly, I just love to read.
Who are your favorite authors?
Thank goodness you said authors because I don't think I could pick just one. lol! I have so many, and once I fall in love with an author, I want to read every book he/she has ever written. From my childhood, I'd have to say JRR Tolkein and VC Andrews are my faves. In the YA catagory, I'd say JK Rowling, Suzanne Collins, and Chris Crutcher. In the paranormal category, I have so many: Laurell K Hamilton, Lara Adrian, Cassandra Claire, PC and Kristen Cast, and JR Ward are my absolute faves (although I'm a fan of many more). I also love everything Dan Brown writes!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I am addicted to my Kindle! It is with me almost anywhere I go. I know that my Kindle is also a tablet, but I truly use it for reading. I have downloaded more books than I probably will ever have time to read, but I can't help it. If a story sounds good, I want it and figure that I'll get around to reading it one day. :-)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The alarm clock. lol! Okay, on a serious note (haha), I love my life, even the trying moments. I am so very blessed to have the most amazing little man as my son. He is my heart and soul, my laughter and sighs, my everything! I have incredible parents and a sister who is my best friend. I am surrounded by truly wonderful friends who provide me with positive energy on a daily basis. I have a job that I love (despite the stress...lol). Every day is a blessing, and I'm grateful for every moment that I'm given.
Published 2018-04-06.
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Books by This Author

The One Discovered (Chronicles of the Diasodz, Book 1)
Price: Free! Words: 72,440. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
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In another dimension, there's a world not too different from ours. Those who live there eat, sleep, and breathe just like us, but they are not human. They are powerful, extraordinary, and special. And they are dying. A prophecy foretold that a young girl on Earth is the key to their survival. The Diasodz send two young men to Earth to capture their savior and bring her home, willing or not.