First up this year is the lovely S.M. Bysh! Please make her feel right at home folks!
Which writers inspire you?
Steven King and Agatha Christie.
What are you working on at the minute?
One’s a paranormal mystery and anothers a steampunk at this moment
What’s it about?
One is about this woman that gets stuck at a train station for the night and has a ride of a life time. The other I’m still working that out.
What genre are your books?
Various, Poetry, Horrorish, Paranormal, and Mystery
What draws you to this genre?
Mysteries and paranormal because those are my favs and others because I just wanted to try.
How much research do you do?
Some But I like keeping the story a story you know make believe.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I just got this idea in my head to try something new. And here I am.
Why do you write?
Relaxation and help me sort out emotional turmoil at times. It’s my therapy
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
Curiosity, and self improvements and craziness. lol
Do you write full-time or part-time?
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I like writing in the middle of the night. I am not sure why.
Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
I write sometimes every night and sometimes sporadic due to life things.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
I try to write at least 3 pages per day
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
ALL the above
Where do the your ideas come from?
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Getting the setting just right.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
Letting it rip so to speak. Meaning just writing without limits
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
I can write a book with in 30 days if doing nano. The editing is a lot longer though.
Do you ever get writer’s Block?
When I’m at my most stressed.
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Wait it out. That is the only thing that has ever work for me.
Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.
I read when I can. I love Lillian Jackson Braun, Agatha Christie, JK Rowling And some Stephen King
For your own reading, do you prefer e books or traditional paper/hard back books?
I will read both ebook and traditional but prefer paper and hardbacks
Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I’m trying to do it myself but will ask for help
Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?
Yeah sometimes year.lol
Who designed your book cover/s?
Yes I do and I love doing it
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
Actually no I don’t. I think it is the story that plays that part and should be the main criteria for buying a book.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Reviews are reviews. We have no way of knowing the kinds of responses we’ll get when we ask for reviews. And have to take what we can get good or bad. I don’t let it get to me one way or another.
That’s the new way I look at it.
The old me before the most scariest real life thing happened to me, would have bawled my eyes out over a bad review. And jumped for joy over a positive one.
How do you relax?
Writing is my only way to really release the stress.
Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?
Hopefully still the same ol me and writing more crap people may or may not like.
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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00JBST242
Book Links: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/haiku-poetry-sm-bysh/1116068310?ean=2940044630512