- We’ll skip the “tell us about yourself” because coming up with something on the spot is, truly, the bane of an author’s existence. So, let’s start with something a little easier! Tell me what you’re working on at the moment.
Haha, that is very true! At the moment I’m writing Light Magi, Book Two of my Republic Chronicles. A lot of people would consider it sci-fi, but I insist that it’s just high fantasy. I don’t like technology, so I’m using magic. I built an entire galaxy with tons of races and planets and I’m having a blast with my mage characters saving the galaxy from trouble. I decided to take my time and focus on it for a while, since I did the million word challenge last year and wrote a new novel every two weeks during 2020. So, I needed a bit of a relaxing, fun break, haha.
- In as much detail as you would like, tell me about your book(s) that are already out/on the way.
Well, Volcano is my next release and it came out on March 23rd. It’s book one in my Calamity’s Hope Series, which is a series of standalone romances that end in natural disasters. I love the story and it’s about a famous YouTuber, Liam, who took a bad injury and can no longer do the dangerous thrill-seeking adventures he’s used to. So, his best friend takes him to a vacation on Hawaii to try to help him, but they have no idea that the worst volcanic eruption in Hawaii’s history is about to happen.
- As far as the writing process goes—including such things as conception of idea all the way through to money in the bank—what is the least favourite bit? (Everyone has one!)
Marketing! Oooof, trying to gain readers and convince them to buy your book without sounding salesy or pushy is something that is so hard for me too and sometimes a bit frustrating. That and editing, but I think marketing is worse, for me.
- Conversely, what is the bit of the writing process that gets your writery brain grinning?
The writing part lol. I can lose myself for hours in a story, which is why I write so much, I suppose. I escape into the world and get so involved with the plots and characters; I write what I want to read but I also get to experience the story as well and it’s an amazing feeling. It also makes me feel closer to God when I’m creating things. It’s like a sliver of His creativity, since He created everything, which still blows my mind when I think about it.
- If you could steal any author’s ability to improve your own work, who would you steal from and why? (e.g. Tolkien’s language skills, Douglas Adams’ humour, etc.)
Cassandra Clare’s descriptions of places. Oh my goodness. When you read any of her stuff, you get so immersed into the scene because there’s paragraphs of details that you can’t get unless you’re there. I don’t know if she travels or is just that good, but I wish, wish, wish my description skills were like hers.
- Now for some fun! The main character of the book you’re working on (or have recently finished) has kidnapped you for ruining their life. How will you explain that what you’re doing is for the best?
Hehe. I can’t. I’m going to die. Kyren would kill me. And then blame me for making him… dark. LOL. There is no chance I would make it through this alive—nothing I could say would change his mind.
- You, your main character(s), and the protagonist of the last book you read are playing poker. What are the stakes? Who will win and why?
Well, the last book I read was called Love and A Little White Lie, I believe and the MC was a woman named January. My MCs are Kyren, Kaian, Ayka, and Chi. Kyren, Kaian, and Chi are Magi (mage users who protect the galaxy from evil) and Ayka is a Diplomat (a senator who helps run the Republic that governs the galaxy). Goodness me; we are likely playing for money, I suppose, not that I gamble. I think Kyren and Kaian would gamble, but I don’t think Chi or Ayka would. January might gamble. None of my MCs know anything about poker, since in my galaxy they have a gambling game called Mirzakki. If we were playing it then, Kyren would likely win. He’s a bit better at it than Kaian, but it would be a close call. But with poker, probably January. She’s from modern earth like me, but likely would know more about poker than me. So, I’m going to say her. We would all lose our money, LOL.
- Let’s face it, writing is hard. What do you think are some traps to avoid in your particular area of expertise? (Whether that be your genre, your knowledge of plot, your character building, your world building, etc.)
Probably avoiding repetitive plot ideas at all cost. My area of expertise is writing a lot and doing it pretty quickly. So, the risk with that is that you write so many books that your ideas may start to feel very similar. So, I always try to think of a new way to spice up ideas so I don’t do the same thing over and over again. I have a tendency to do that with ideas I love, so it can be a bit of a challenge.
- Anything else you’d like to add? Plots to take over the world, for example. Upcoming release dates, links and things, maybe even your favourite chocolate cake recipe.
Haha, no plots to take over the world because I’m too lazy, but Volcano is out and available for pre order. You can get it from Amazon or directly from me (which helps because then I receive all the royalties rather than part of them).
Volcano from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08TB8T1NL
Volcano from me: https://authorjoannawhite.com/product/volcano-ebook/
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