Fighting Prose Interview with Willow Winters

Welcome to my in-depth writers series Fighting Prose. Where I talk to authors in the industry on what their process is like and what it takes for them to keep on creating, through all the odds. This week we’re talking to Willow Winters. who has an IMPRESSIVE 30 Books under her belt!!!


How long have you been writing?

Nearly four years.

Of the books you’ve written, which is your favorite?

Oh gosh, that's difficult to answer. I have over 30 books. Merciless and Forget Me Not will always stand out in my mind. My newest is always my favorite though, so I have to say, Desperate to Touch.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Write?

Romance - any and all forms. From PNR to shortreads to gritty dark romance. Although I love to read Chick Lit as well.

Tell me about your process: how do you get in the mood to write? How do your characters come together? How do you get your ideas?

My ideas and characters develop in my head for months to years before I get a chance to write them. I'll go for a walk to break from writing and the ideas flood me. A few will be strong enough to return and flesh themselves out, until I have a full story in my mind. When I sit down to write a book, I know it very well already. As far as "getting in the mood"... I put my fingers to the keyboard. Always. It doesn't matter if I'm anxious to write or it's just time to write. The second I put my fingers to the keys, words flow. Having those words flow is the best mood ever.

What do you admire the most about the writing world?

Oh gosh! You ask very difficult questions. The writing world is HUGE and I admire a great number of people all for different reasons. I can't name just one person!

If you're not busy writing, what are you busy doing?

Chasing around my kids. I have a 3 and 5 year old and they are my world.

Have you ever had writers block? If so, how did you get out of it?

I've had very anxious moments when sitting down to focus on writing was difficult. However, the stories kept going in my mind. So it was just a matter of waiting for the anxiousness to pass, which it always does. Self publishing is stressful, but very rewarding. I keep in mind that I GET to write and I always write what I love to write and I'm desperate to read. So it's a rare day that I don't want to write.

For a writer starting out what advice would you give them?

Never stop writing. Hard times will come, hard lessons will be learned. Keep writing. So long as the book is good, there is no reason to stop. You know what a good book is. If you love your book and your stories, don't stop writing.

Have you always been creative? Has it always been writing?

I used to love art, scrap-booking and painting. When I had my first child, I took up sewing. I do love anything really with creativity and challenges.

What is your dream writing location?

On a beach. Although every time I go to a beach I don't end up writing.

In reference to your books, what question do you get asked the most?

The reading order! Everyone wants to know where to start, but I write all of my books so that any hero's story can be read at any time. Even my series that follow a timeline, it doesn't matter where you start, you can pick up at any point to begin.

If you could bring one of your characters to life who would it be? Why?

OOOooh that is a hard one. Seth King I think. My most recent hero. He's damaged and all sorts of lost right now (I left his book on a cliffhanger). I'd tell him it gets better. (It's going to get worse before it gets better but I may omit that if he were to ask!)


Good Luck with Everything Willow!


If you happen to know an author that would be great for my Fighting Prose series be sure to send them my way!

Thanks for reading!

XoXo-

Colleen

Fighting Prose Interview with Isabella Morgan

Welcome to my in-depth writers series Fighting Prose. Where I talk to authors in the industry on what their process is like and what it takes for them to keep on creating, through all the odds. This week we’re talking to Isabella Morgan. She’s a rocking book blogger turned writer. She takes amazing photos of books and I can’t wait to dive into her first novel. Read below to find out about her process!


How long have you been writing?

I guess you could say I've been writing since high school. I had met a friend in one of my classes who was into writing, and I told her that I loved reading and she challenged me to write a story after reading her work. That night I had gone home and began writing a story, and even though I hadn't passionately written much between then and now, it definitely lit a fire inside of me that I never thought I had before when it came to writing.

How long did it take you to write your debut novel?

Under The Scars took me about five years to complete from idea to hitting publish. It was a long time coming, and I think I seriously dedicated the last year towards it from where I had stopped before. It was a really hard book to write just because it deals with a lot topics, but also a lot of the writing had to do with my own personal experiences that you'll read about at the end of the book in my author's note.

What's your favorite genre to read? Write?

My favourite Genre to read and write is romance. I'm a hopeless romantic at heart, and honestly I feel like whatever you read, there will always be some sort of connection to yourself and the book. Being a reader and writer of Contemporary romance, I find myself being able to connect to a lot of parts in a book, because they're stories you can imagine yourself living in, or one your best friend went through. Although it's fiction, it still has a way to relate to someone someway or another.

Tell me about your process: how do you get in the mood to write? How do your characters come together? How do you get your ideas?

Oh man that's a loaded question! Getting in the mood to write is always tricky. I could be doing something that needs my full attention and I've got ideas running through my head at all times of the day except for when It's time to actually sit down and write. Sometimes I'll just sit in front of the computer and stare at it, or I'll write the major parts that happen in the book and then come back to fill in the rest. That way I'm able to get down what I know I want to happen and work on the parts I'm unsure about. My characters kind of come together right from the beginning. The names however change from time to time. When it comes to writing, I generally have an idea if I'm doing an inter-connected standalone series or just a standalone in general. The characters come out from people I've met, my own personal habits, random things I may hear people say. They start off as an Idea and the more I write them, the more they become real to the story. Just like us, we all need time to grow and I think that's what happens with my characters. My ideas are kind of the same. I could be at a concert, and during that whole time I've somehow come up with three different story ideas. They just come generally at the most random times, and I cant even tell you how many journals I own that I've had to purchase on the spot of wherever I am just to get ideas down (I'm better writing than typing onto my phone)

What do you admire the most about the writing world?

How do I even begin answering this? I think there are a lot of fellow Canadian writers that I truly admire, and many of them have actually become good friends of mine! I think (just to name a few) some authors that I admire would be Kennedy Fox (They're ALWAYS writing and have books out like every three months!) Teagan Hunter (She's an incredible bad-ass woman who loves pizza as much as I do, and is always inspiring me) and Staci Hart (She's honestly the best, and so down to earth! I love her writing style!)

If you're not busy writing, what are you busy doing?

When I'm not frantically staring at my screen or scrolling through youtube (When I should be writing) I'm a Early Childhood Educator (ECE for short) Basically I teach children from infancy to age 13, and although kids can be crazy, I love what I do! Right now I'm a supply ECE for the school board, and I'm hoping to get a permanent position sometime this school year (If I'm lucky!) But if I have, by some miracle, the luck in my hands, I'll be able to get an Internship for a publishing house to get my foot into the door and possibly learn more about a career I've been more passionate about lately especially with my book releasing.

Have you ever had writers block? If so, how did you get out of it?

OH. MY. LANTA. All the time! I don't even know how it happens every time, but I'm pretty sure I have writer's block about 80% of the time. I think I just need to be somewhere secluded with no WI-FI so that I can actually sit my butt down and just write. Or just have someone constantly body guard me anytime I try to leave my office to go watch T.V.

For a writer starting out what advice would you give them?

Make sure you have some sort of plan. Whether it's sticking to your deadlines, (Or being okay with pushing some) getting feedback from readers you trust, but also write from what you know. If you want your characters to be realistic, you need to pave them a way that makes them vulnerable. Above all... Don't be afraid to use your voice. After all, this is YOUR STORY. You won't be able to please everyone, but if it's something you're passionate about, others will love it as much as you do!

Have you always been creative? Has it always been writing?

I actually used to love to draw and paint. That was my main creativity. I still have tons of old school sketches alongside my paintings which are somewhere in the basement collecting dust at the moment. Growing up I actually wanted to be an Art Teacher. When I got older and writing started coming into my sight, I was told that it wouldn't be a steady career. Of course my teenage self thought that meant I shouldn't try because it would never happen. As you can see I turned that more into a challenge and proved that I could become an author. Before becoming an author though, I was a book blogger (still am!) where I read and write reviews for authors, which has been the best four years that I continue to do!

What is your dream writing location?

I think I've created a pinterest board of some of my favourite writing spots and it's so varied, it's not even funny! I think ideally, I want to be in the cottage/mountains away from the city (Since I currently live in the city). I want there to be reception of course, but far enough away that I could blast my music and not be bothered by anyone. If I had to be closer to the city, I just want to have a big room with all my books, a nice "Nest chair" and a big window I can have my desk facing to look out of (Rather than the white wall I'm currently staring at as I write this now!)

If you could bring one of your characters to life who would it be? Why?

Considering I only have one book out at the moment, I think I would bring Eden to life. She's honestly like the best friend everyone wants to have. Her and Violet have been tight since high school and it's rare now to have friends so close from when you were younger. She's spunky, but also is ALWAYS there for you when you really need a friend. (I also can't wait to write her story next!)


Good Luck with Everything Isabella!

If you happen to know an author that would be great for my Fighting Prose series be sure to send them my way!


Thanks for reading!

XoXo-

Colleen

Fighting Prose Interview with Brittney Kristina

Welcome to my in-depth writers series Fighting Prose. Where I talk to authors in the industry on what their process is like and what it takes for them to keep on creating, through all the odds. This week we’re talking to Brittney Kristina. An award winning teen author (that’s still a teen)!

I had the pleasure of meeting this young lady many years ago when she was a sweet sixteen-year-old trying to sell her self-published book. I remember being so impressed with her. I was well into my thirties before I was brave enough to publish a book! I asked her, “What do people in school say about you? Have they read your book?” She said, “They call me the girl who wrote that book.” This made me laugh because people will be inspired by the girl who wrote a book in high-school for the rest of their lives. Of all the things I could be remembered for, I think that’d be one of the best.

Check out Brittney’s interview below!


How long have you been writing?

I've been writing since I was about 4 -- I was always telling stories, according to my mom. All I know is that I finished writing my first 60-paged book in the 4th grade.

Of the books on your shelf, which is your favorite?

My favorite book would have to be (oh, this is tricky) Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer. But, I must warn you -- my favorite book changes every day!

What's your favorite genre to read? Write?

Physiological Thriller and Dystopian, but most certainly Weird Fiction. I love anything that causes me to question this world's existence, anything that blends words together so well and so strangely that I'm always asking. I love to be confused, curious. That's why I write such unique books. I want my readers to be curious about things.

Tell me about your process: how do you get in the mood to write? How do your characters come together? How do you get your ideas?

Well, space is key. I love writing beside a big window with a tree out front, beneath dim lighting, the soft, warm glow of a lamp, my essential oils diffusing into the air, a cup of fresh coffee at my side. I love those aesthetics. My characters come together slowly, as the story gets on, so that way they build naturally, and my readers can feel most infested, and so can I. I find my ideas everywhere, randomly. They're hard to find, but they're easy to see.

What do you admire the most about the writing world?

Just... writing. The fact that everyone can come together and make something from nothing and support each other. We can bounce ideas off one another and therefore come up with extraordinary stories that the world can read and bond through.

If you're not busy writing, what are you busy doing?

I love yoga, running, swimming laps, doing anything active, really. I bullet journal, re-organize my room nearly every day, read, and watch (probably too much) YouTube. I have a blog where I suppose I do write posts, but I also manage that, as well as manage a bookstagram account. I'm also a full-time college student and a part time Student Editorial Assistant for my college's Alumni Magazine. I keep myself pretty busy, aha.

Have you ever had writers block? If so, how did you get out of it?

Funny you should ask. I'm actually in writer's block right now -- I have not written anything, really, since finishing up my second book, Fifty Days. I'm sort of in a creative rut when it comes to fiction. I just began a Creative Writing class (My first one ever, actually!) at University, so I hope that gets me motivated to plan and work on more creative projects! In the past, I'd just sit down and make myself write. That's how I'd get out of it, and it usually worked. However, in middle school and high school, writing was the only hobby I had besides swimming for the swim team. Now, life is a little busy. It's a little harder to sit down and find the time, especially when you're not completely motivated or don't have any new ideas.

For a writer starting out what advice would you give them?

Just. Write. Stop putting it off and doubting yourself. If you really, truly want to write, you'll find the time. Clear your mind and dive into your story and let your mind create a world you've always dreamed of seeing on paper.

Have you always been creative? Has it always been writing?

Yes, I've always been pretty creative. I love bullet journaling, drawing, painting, cooking, organizing and decorating my room, and I'm just now getting into fashion. I've always had a lot of creative interests.

What is your dream writing location?

On a balcony in Paris, France with a latte and a paper and pencil, a lovely view, chill air, a few trees, light French music. I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it!

In reference to your books, what question do you get asked the most?

"How much money have you made?" It's actually quite annoying, and causes me to doubt myself as an author, wonder if this is really what I want to continue doing. I have made $16 this summer, just off my second book, which is nothing in comparison to other authors, but is indeed something. I'm proud of it, but others may not understand. It's important to keep your head up and remember that it's not about the money, it's about doing what you love. Any profit is something, even if it's 25 cents. It's also difficult (but possible, if you work hard) to make a profit from a self-published book. If you want to solely make money, self-publishing novels probably isn't for you, haha. Write for you, and you alone, and THAT'S how you write a great book.

If you could bring one of your characters to life who would it be? Why?

ACE! Definitely Ace! He is the male character in my second book, Fifty Days. He was my best friend during my senior year of high school, I don't even care how crazy that sounds, aha!


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Links to Brittney

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Forsaken by Brittany Kristina

Fifty Days by Brittany Kristina

Good Luck with Everything Brittney!

If you happen to know an author that would be great for my Fighting Prose series be sure to send them my way!


Thanks for reading!

XoXo-

Colleen