Pre-Interview: I was born with spina bifida so, I spent a lot of time in the hospital. I learned to use my imagination. I made up many stories and it took me a long time to get the courage to send them out. Now I am a published author! Yay!
Author Writer Interview Questions 1.What inspires you most to write?
The magic that is in the world. It is all around us, it is amazing how things work together. 2. What is your favorite genre?
Fantasy. Whether I am writing for children or grown-ups if there is no fairy or dragon or ogre in it, I probably won't write about it. :D 3. Who is one author you admire if any and why?
Terry Pratchett. His stories are full of magic and wonder and they are funny too. I wish he was still around writing. 4. How do you overcome blank writing spells?
I just sit down and write gobbilty gook. Eventually an idea will pop into my head. The key is just to write. 5. What legal publishing advice can you give?
Even writing totally made-up stories you still need to do the research. You might think your title is very clever but someone else might have thought of that already. Check. 6. How many books have you written, are any a bestseller yet?
I have written around 20 stories. Only two so far have been published. More are coming. My first book, "Ava Fairy Loses Her Wings was a best seller in its category on Amazon for weeks. (That was so exciting!) 7. If you had the opportunity to rewrite one movie script which would it be, why?
There is an old movie called "The Foreigner" My husband produced it on the high school stage. It was hilarious! So, when I saw it was a movie, I was so excited. But the movie was not funny and boring. I would rewrite it, so it is as funny as it is supposed to be when done right. 8. What are some difficulties you've experienced in your writing career; how do you handle book critiques/criticism?
The problem I have had is not being able to say "no" when the publisher wants to get a story out and I don't feel it is right yet.
9. What are the best experiences in your writing career?
Being on the bestseller list for my first book in the category. I had been so afraid of sending my stories out and when the first one was published it was a best seller in new releases, children's books, legends, and myths. Wow! 10. Do you prefer to write in silence and or have some sort of sound in the background?
I usually write in silence. I love music but it is too distracting for me to get a story done.
11. What are some encouraging words you'd give to another author/writer?
"If you have the talent in the first place just write, you will get better and better. " 12. How did you decide the pricing of your material; how did you go about promotion/advertising and distribution of your work?
The publisher took care of a lot of those things. I just agreed. When the price for the first book was proposed to me, I thought, that is kind of expensive, until I saw how beautifully they put it together. 13. Why should anyone read your book?
Ava Fairy Loses her Wings Is a touching and sometimes funny story about a fairy that loses her wings by being stepped on by a very unpleasant human. She has to learn to get along without her wings and still be happy. It is subtly about being disabled but still contributing to the world around you and being the best, you can be anyway. 14. Did you have a book coach?
No, I made up this story as a bedtime story for my grandchildren. Then one day I decided to write it down and try to publish it. 15. What was your favorite subject in school?
Art, and science. I think that is how I developed my appreciation for the amazing world around me. 16. Are you self-published or have an established publishing contract elsewhere?
I am self-published but hope to find a traditional publisher soon.