Author Interview: Sierra Terry

Interview with Sierra Terry

First off, tell me about yourself?
I’m a goofy lady that was born and raised in VA by a creative mother that passed her creativity on to me!

What made you want to be a writer?
I don’t think I ever really wanted to so much as it was just kind of a no brainer! Creative writing was always something I enjoyed and excelled at and with me putting stories to my art, how could I not want to pursue it more?

And what attracted you to writing in your specific genre, and do you stick with that consistently or do you change it up?
Right now I’m all over the place! My comic is an urban fantasy with a splash of sci-fi, most of my novels are fantasy romance but there’s one novel in that series that only counts as fantasy adventure. So yeah! You could say I like to shake it up!

So tell me about what you’ve written, and has it been published/where can potential fans find your book(s)?
First is my very debut novel ‘The Longest Knight‘ and it’s sequel ‘Beneath the Surface‘ and I also wrote a collection of short erotic stories that could always use more readers, you can check that out on Amazon. Lastly, I have a webcomic that is free to read, it’s called ‘Sempiternum’, and it’s a story about an accidentally escaped alien prisoner that helped bring about a force crazy enough to destroy the Earth, all with no memory on how it happened. That comic can be read here

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?
Well, 2 of my works are published and the other is in the public eye and so far it’s been…silent for lack of a better word. No one really says anything so it’s hard to tell if any of my works were received well or not. Since being published I can say my opinion of my work has gone down. The whole thing is rather disappointing but storytelling, whether it is through drawings or novels is all I’ve ever wanted to do so I’ll see this through to the end.

Is there anything you’d change or do differently now that it’s published?
I might have gone with a different publisher or maybe skipped the illustrations for the novels. Turns out full color printing is too expensive and the cost of my printed books is far too high for my liking.

Speaking of publishing, how did you go about getting you book(s) published, and what was your publishing journey like?
I used Amazon’s Createspace. The whole thing was actually really irritating and it took me an extra two weeks to actually publish my first novel because there kept being something wrong with my file that Amazon didn’t like. Some of the things weren’t super obvious either! But once I got through the first, I took notes and my second book was(almost) a breeze.

Now tell me a little about what your writing process is like?
My writing process might be weird? I just kind of write whenever I get a chance to. I will normally try to map out a chapter first, make a kind of list of events that are supposed to happen in each chapter and go from there. I’m always working my full time job so that’s where the write whenever I can part comes from but normally I will take at least an hour a day to focus just on writing.

And do you write for any market or demographic in particular?
I like to think I can write for any market, given enough time but I seem to naturally go for young adults and adults. I guess trying to write for kids would be weird since I’m not much of a kid person.

What advice do you have for other writers?
If you don’t already have a lot of money for advertising, promoting and formatting, or just be naturally lucky, don’t expect much to come out of your work. I wish I was joking about that but it’s very much true.

Tell me about some writers you really like and/or admire?
Stephenie Meyer and E. L. James always amazed me because they both got so big despite their work not being that great. It might have been them that made me think I had a shot at the big time to! Haha! Stephen King and J. R. R. Tolkien are inspirational to me since their words are always so eloquent and the world building is amazing!

How do you deal with writer’s block?
Writer’s block isn’t something I suffer from actually!  Just some time normally does the trick for me. Doing mindless things(like working my crappy day job) somehow helps get the creativity going to.

And lastly feel free to share links to your social media so potential fans can follow you?
Oh yes! I have plenty of social media! Check me out on my General business Facebook pageThe four kingdoms series Facebook pageInstagramGoodreads and Patreon.


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