The Sunday Spotlight
Today my little chickadee's Heather James, author of 'Fire' part of the Elements of Power Series is with us today on this cold and frosty morn. So get yourself a hot beverage and let's begin.
Talking with Heather
The Sunday Spotlight
Greetings and welcome Heather!
Are you working on anything new right now?
Yes! I am editing the second and third books in the series, ‘Water’ & ‘Air’. I wrote a first draft of ‘Air’ for NaNoWriMo this year. I am also quite active on Figment and Wattpad, where I test out new ideas and genres. My next project is going to be based on the Trojan War, since I’m a huge fan of Greek mythology.
Can you offer any advice to the fledgling authors, just starting out?
Just write as much as possible, in as many different styles and genres as possible. Experiment and have fun. Also do NaNoWriMo, to test your endurance, and join some writing websites, since feedback will only make your writing better.
How do you come up with the Titles for your novels?
Rather unimaginatively, Fire was the first word in the original draft of my novel, so was what the file first saved as. I always thought that I would change it at a later date, but then got so used to it that I didn't want to!
When working on your current novel, were there any moments when you thought:-
what am I doing?
Plenty. I started working on it when I was 16 and nearly gave up on it so many times. But I had enough faith in the storyline that I forced myself to keep going; I knew that when I finished it, it would be worth it.
What is your preferred method of writing:- The plot pre-planned from day one, or just go
with the flow and see what happens next?
Every book I have worked on has been different. ‘Fire’ started out with a concept and characters and I invented the plot as I went along (and then went back and changed nearly everything!) For ‘Water’, I wrote out a chapter by chapter plan, so that I knew exactly where the book was going. But because I wrote ‘Air’ during NaNoWriMo, I wrote out a basic overview of where the book was going, planning in more detail as I went along. Interestingly, I think that ‘Air’ has been the most successful, since there’s very little that I want to change plot-wise.
If you don’t like a character you’re writing about, what do you do?
a. Kill them off instantly
b. Get over it and learn to like them
c. Give them a whole new personality
Write them out completely! I did this with quite a few of the initial character in Fire. Getting rid of the ones that weren’t working allowed more space for the development of those that were.
If you were stranded on a distant planet:- which of your characters would you like to be
marooned with and why?
Jasmine would definitely be the best character to be marooned with - although I can’t tell you why, since it would give too much away!
Do you have any input in the Cover design of your novel?
One of the best, and worst, things about self-publishing was that I had complete control over the cover. On the one hand, I could do whatever I wanted, on the other, I was limited in my resources. I couldn’t hire a model who looked like Roxy or Jasmine, and as much as I love using Photoshop, I’m not a pro. Overall though, I am unbelievably happy with how the cover turned out. I think it looks fantastic!
What is the best thing about writing for you?
Escaping; I can be anyone or anywhere that I want (with really awesome powers too!)
Apart from writing, do you have any other hobbies?
Reading! Baking; playing flag-American Football (which I know is an odd hobby for a Brit, but I love it!)& using Pinterest...
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
What’s your least favourite part of the writing process?
When you know you've got a really exciting, pivotal chapter coming up, but you need to get write a few less crucial chapters first. Although, I have in the past used this to challenge myself to make those seemingly ordinary chapters as action packed as possible. This resulted in a couple of unplanned, near-death experiences in ‘Water’!
Are you a:
a. Laptop Writer
b. Desktop Writer
c. iPad Writer
d. Pen and Paper Writer
a) Laptop Writer - I didn't used to be, but I found that I was spending half of my writing time typing up things I had already written. I’ve become a lot more productive since I started using my laptop.
So there you have it, a brief but very interesting insight into Heather's writing World!
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Heather, thanks so much for letting me shine The Sunday Spotlight on you and your work today!
Until next time, have a wonderfully relaxing Sunday