Friday, October 28, 2011

Tannis Skye interview

1: What is the most productive time of the day for you to write? 
In the car on the way to work. It is a forty minute drive and I find I always write the most then. If I wasn't still working and doing this full time, I have had great success at sitting in deserted parks on a sunny day and spending hours there.

2: Do you start your projects writing with paper and pen or is it all on the computer?
I have tried. I have really tried! I've had a writers bump on my finger since grade eleven because of how much I wrote and it gets unhappy after about two pages. It drives me nuts but in the end, I write more via typing anyways.

3: What do you draw inspiration from? 
I try and write about things I have questions to personally. Hence why I really went into the origins of how vampires/shades came to be. I never liked the 'make me a vampire' theme in all books/movies so I changed that.

4: Do you set goals for yourself when you sit down to write such as word count?
Sometimes, yea. I'd like to say 'I just write until the story is told' but that is BS. I do keep my eye on the word count a little, but it doesn't decide much for me other than if it is a reasonable sized novel or not. Biggest goal I have is writing out the main points I want the book to cover before I begin it.

5: Are you a published or a self published author and how do you come up with your cover art? 
I am self published. But not for a lack of trying in other ways, believe me. I wanted this amazing model and photographer to do my cover art. But then contracts got involved because it would be a book cover and I tossed that idea out fast because drama and complications aren't my bag. So I sat for the picture, my fiance took it and my friend did the smoke and spooky trees as a favor.

6: What drives you to choose the career of being a writer? 
I am great at nothing else. Kinda simple. I am good at everything, great at nothing, except this. Plus, it would be so bonkers to have something else as a career but still dream/think/obsess over these story lines in my mind. Like, two full time jobs. One I am doing and one I am thinking.

7: Do you own an ebook reading device? 
Only if my iphone counts.

8: Who are some of your favorite authors and What are you reading now? 
I am a big fan of Brent Weeks and his 'Shadows' books. I am also re-reading Eat Pray Love again because it is a great book, but it gives me a break from the supernatural wold I am writing about. Also, I want to do a first person book soon, this will help me in doing so.

9: What do you think of book trailers and do you have any plans to have any?
Book trailers are only good if they're done well. Which most are not. So, unless Stephen Spielberg did mine, I would pass.

10: How did you come up with the title of your latest book?
I watched a documentary on heaven and hell, and instead of calling them circles, I called them levels and instead of it being just vampires, I wanted there to be a very big difference is power. Shade is strong, demon born, vampire is weaker, vampire born. 

11: What are you working on now that you can talk about?
I am in the midst of the second book in The Shade Series, called The Shade and The Unholy Priest. When I want breaks from that, I am doing a non-fiction book called Sewer Sisters. Its about two sisters who live in Columbia and are homeless and at night, off duty police and business men go around hunting them for sport. It started in the early 1980's and still goes on to day. It baffles and sickens me that this isn't a fictional story I am telling. 

I just created a twitter account so i can chat will fellow writers or bloggers: tannisskye
I will be making a facebook under tannisskye as well. I really have to create these accounts just for this because really, I don't do much facebook and never do twitter.

I am on amazon and smashwords under tannisskye. Just look for The Shade and The Nine Lower Levels! is offering the ebook for download for free for two weeks under the "FREE BOOK!" tab, so enjoy it!

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