Author Interview

Velvet Davis

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  • When did you know you had the writing bug?
  • Since I was a child I’ve known I wanted to be an author. I’d ask for blank notebooks as Christmas or birthday presents and I’d fill them with stories.

 

  • For anyone who may not know you, what genre do you write?
  • I write fantasy. I like to call Immortal Roots an eco-adventure because it has nature themes. It also has an element of sci-fi.

 

  • What is your ideal setting for writing?
  • My favorite place to write is at my desk in my office. Sometimes I take my laptop outside. I just need privacy.

 

  • Do you listen to music while you write?
  • If I have a hard time getting into my creative zone then I’ll listen to music. But it has to be mellow and can’t have words.

 

  • Do you design your own covers, or buy them?
  • I buy my covers. They look better that way.

 

  • What was the hardest part about finishing your novel?
  • The hardest part about finishing my novel was deciding when to let go. I spent months just rearranging sentences before I decided to move forward. When nothing is improving and you’re just rewording, then it’s time to be done.

 

  • How do people react when you say you’re an author?
  • They think it’s neat.

 

  • What one thing would you like people to know about writing a novel?
  • Writing a novel is hard, but it’s so worth it when it’s finished.

 

  • If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be? Why?
  • I would like to travel more because I think it inspires creativity.

 

  • When you’re not being an awesome author, what do you do for fun?
  • I read both fiction and nonfiction, and I like to hike.

 

  • Do you feel books are making a comeback?
  • I’m not sure if books are making a comeback. To me, they’ve always been relevant.

 

  • Is there a message you want readers to take away from your book?
  • There are definitely some nature themes in my book, but the narrative is independent of them. The most important thing is for the reader to just enjoy the story

 

  • Have you ever considered turning your book into and audiobook?
  • I’ve considered it but probably won’t act on it anytime soon.

 

  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • Still writing! Hopefully I’ll have authored several more books.

 

  • What advice have you received from other authors? (good or bad)
  • Sometimes I feel like other writers focus too much on writing rules. I think rules are important in general, but story overrules everything. If the story is good, no one cares if you used one adverb too many.

 

  • How do you handle negative comments about your book?
  • I keep in mind that you can’t please everyone. Someone who likes fantasy will not like every fantasy book and that’s just the way it is. Every book, even my favorites, has both positive and negative reviews. I don’t expect my book to be any different.

 

  • How do you handle the dreaded ‘writer’s block’?
  • I listen to music to get in a zone and drink tea. Sometimes I light a candle. Then I force myself to put words down on the page. If the writing is not fantastic then I know I can always improve it later. But it has to exist first.

 

Thanks so much Velvet! Check her out here:

 

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