As you might recall, my job is to help secure as many votes as possible for my writing buddy, Lenore Wolfe, author of Doorway to the Triquetra. Next round of voting is Sunday, August 28. When the time comes, put in your vote for Doorway to the Triquetra. Today, she’s here to share a bit about herself. 🙂
Give us a brief description of a story you have hidden in your skeleton closet? And will it ever see the light of day?
I’m working on a year long site and novel about taking back my life, so all my skeletons will see the light of day.
Where do you get inspirations for your stories?
From the spirit world. I believe in a full-blown spirit world. And so playing the ‘what if’ game gets pretty interesting.
How much of you/your life do you put into your stories?
Probably quite a bit. Lots of aspects of my writing have hints of truth in them. I remember when my kids were little, my oldest son was trying to convince my younger three that there was a 3 headed snake. I took that long-long tale and wrote it into one of the tall tales the cowboys were telling, sitting around the campfire, in my western romance novel:)
Which of your characters do you relate to most?
Mira. She’s feisty. And all the women in my family are feisty and independent. My great-grandmother was an old pioneer woman, born in 1887, from Montana, who had to raise her children on her own. Strong, independent women run on both sides of my family.
Which author has inspired you the most?
I grew up with the stories of my great-grandmother’s, aunt Harriett Beecher Stowe. I have always been inspired by the realization that a story could move an entire nation.
Why did you decide to publish independently?
I realized when I first saw ereaders that we were about to completely change the way we read. They’re wonderful. You can change the size of the font if you need bigger lettering. You can carry 1000 books, an entire library, with you at once. So I knew they would revolutionize reading, and I waited for the traditional publishing houses to realize it too. Traditional publishing houses had slowly taken all the power from the author and ereaders and ebooks has given it back. Traditional publishing houses are starting to realize just how much power they have lost over the authors. And authors are only beginning to realize how much power they can take back. There are still many who believe there is a something special in having been picked up by a traditional publishing house, but the only real thing they can offer you is mass production, and in exchange for that you will still do all the work to get the world to realize your book is out there. There are benefits to both, don’t get me wrong, but if you want control over what you write, and what cover goes on your book, you’ll have to go independent. And you will have to expect to stumble around, and work very hard, for a long time, until the world knows you exist. But you will have control over your product while you do this. And you will reap all the benefits when you do, finally, succeed, and if you keep working at it, you WILL succeed.
How do you come up with your cover art?
What’s your favorite writing tool and why?
My IPad. It’s very effective. I can carry it anywhere, and it organizes me.
What’s the hardest part of the writing process?
Sticking to one story. I have so many rolling around in my head:)
What’s the easiest part of the writing process?
The story. I’m learning how to dig in and let the reader in on all aspects of the protagonist and other characters of my book. The readers, now, seem to love 140,000 word novels:)
With hindsight being 20/20, is there anything you would have changed with your publishing journey?
I wouldn’t have allowed life to keep me from writing. Writing is something I need to do, not just want to do. I have way too much going through my head, and it doesn’t let go of me until I write about it.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Never quit. Never, ever, quit. The only difference between those who dream, and those who do, is that the doers work very hard at their dreams–until they succeed.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on a novel called The Fallen One. He is one of the Jaguar People, but he was raised in Chicago, and he had to protect himself, and his sisters, from the gangs that would chase them down the back alleys late at night. The Jaguar People are not supposed to receive the powerful ability to shape shift until they’re old enough to handle the smell of blood, the wildness of the great cat, and the power that goes with this cat. Changing early, and using it to kill, even to protect, created a monster within him. Now, to become a better man, he must learn how to live with the monster.
She is one of the Jaguar People, too, but she was raised knowing how to work with the power, and using it to help mankind. Now, she will either be his salvation–or his downfall.
How about some quickies!
Pencil or Pen: Pen
Print or Cursive: Print
Pantser or Plotter: Plotter
Favorite Candy: Dark Chocolate
Worst habit: Being to independent.
About the Lenore Wolfe
Lenore grew up in Montana, and Alaska, and currently lives in central US. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, holds a BA in Sociology, from the University of Northern Colorado, with a minor in writing and is a student of the Shaman path.
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