First off, tell me about yourself?
So, I am 20, and began writing almost a year ago when I was 19. I was born in Washington, raised in Oregon, but I now live in Utah with my fiance. Beyond that, I live a very boring life, working in sales by day, spending the rest of my time writing.
What made you want to be a writer?
Ever since I was a child I’ve had the drive to create something, I’ve always wanted to have my own fantastical world, and I’ve wanted to share it with everyone.
And what attracted you to writing in your specific genre, and do you stick with that consistently or do you change it up?
I’ve always enjoyed Fantasy, and I’ve always wanted to have my own fantasy world. I only write in fantasy, but that said, I am preparing to write my first horror novel, but that will be a bit in the future.
So tell me about what you’ve written, and has it been published/where can potential fans find your book(s)?
My first book was called His Precious Demon: Hatching, and is about a half succubus half human girl, named Bianca Valdez, living in a society where humans, angels, and demons live together, known as Sanctuary, as she tries to find her lost parents, who disappeared when she was a child. My second book was the sequel, His Precious Demon: Outcast. Following the events of the first book, Bianca returns to Sanctuary, where overtime she begins to fall in love with an angel named Asmodeus, and since she is part demon and he is an angel, that romance is technically illegal. While the two are scheduled to be executed for their romance, they are broken out and forced to flee from Sanctuary. I am planning a third book in that series, and that is currently in the works. After that, I released Life of my Dreams, which follows Cyprus, a young girl who woke up in the town of Jewel with no memories as to how she got there, or why she is there. All she has is an out of context scrap of memory that doesn’t explain anything about Jewel. Then, one day, a tower rises from the ground in Jewel, which seems like it could provide some answer as to why she is there. My fourth book was called Echoes of the Past, which is the soul sequel to Life of my Dreams, but it also works as a standalone, following the Goddess Lady Echo settling in with her friends in Jewel, and also settling into the married life with her new wife, when an enemy from her past shows up in her life once more, he kidnaps her wife, Iva, and Echo chases them with the intent of saving her wife. Finally, my fifth book is Placebo and the Blind Eye, a book following Valterio Juñiez, a young boy who is raised by a single mother, his father killed years ago in war. One day, however, Valterio’s father shows back up in his life to take young Valterio into the monster realm to keep him safe from a growing evil. The boy is undecided at first, but when he comes home one day to see his mother murdered, he is forced to go into the monster realm to be trained as a sorcerer to combat this ancient evil.
If you have had stuff published, how has it been received? And what is your opinion of your work now that it’s out there?
None of my books have gathered too much attention yet, but I am proud of all of them. The book that had the biggest reaction was my first, His Precious Demon: Hatching, and all who read it absolutely loved it. That said, my true pride and joy would either be Placebo and the Blind Eye or Life of my Dreams. That said, I am very excited for my next book, and feel it will be my best work yet.
Is there anything you’d change or do differently now that it’s published?
Honestly, I would have made His Precious Demon a 2 book series, combining either books one and two or books two and three, probably the latter.
Speaking of publishing, how did you go about getting you book(s) published, and what was your publishing journey like?
I self publish through KDP. It is definitely a great place for new writers to start, and it is definitely stressful and exciting anytime I can get a book published.
Now tell me a little about what your writing process is like?
When describing it to my friends, I definitely use a much more vulgar description, but usually I just sit down and let my mind take the wheel, writing whatever comes to mind. When I am finished, I have my fiance edit my stories, then I go publish them. This time, however, I think I’ll try to find a literary agent and get published through a legit publisher, hopefully this book will be the one that finally gets me noticed.
And do you write for any market or demographic in particular?
My books are generally meant to be read by people around my age, preferably fans of fantasy games such as DnD or Skyrim.
What advice do you have for other writers?
Don’t write on your phone. Autocorrect can seriously mess you up. Aside from that, get started as soon as possible. Especially if you have the passion and drive to create something great. Don’t let your anxiety get the better of you.
Tell me about some writers you really like and/or admire?
I am honestly not much of a reader myself, but my favourite author would hands down be H.P. Lovecraft. I love his elegant, descriptive style that really gets me into the story.
How do you deal with writer’s block.
Since I do all my own illustrations, I usually begin working on those. If I have no illustrations to do, and the cover is done, I just draw scenes from the book. This usually gets my mind flowing and gives me ideas. Should that not work, I listen to the music that inspired the book in the first place, and relax (which is difficult because I have anxiety, but caffeine helps me calm down), and that always helps break writer’s block.
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