Interview with Larissa Hinton

I have a fellow WLC author on my blog today. She’s interviewed a few questions for me.

Enjoy.

What first got you interested in writing? What has kept you doing it?

Well actually my eighth grade teacher started me on the path of writing with one simple assignment: Write a poem. I haven’t stopped ever since.

Do you have the support of your family and friends? Has that support always been there, or has it changed since being published?

To be frank, my family has never been very supportive of my writing. The only person in my life that has been very supportive is my ex-boyfriend. He was there during every up and down of my writing career and I can never thank him enough for it.

When I decided to self-publish and tell my parents, they were at first unsure about how self-publishing worked. However, as time progressed, they grew to accept the idea. They still struggle with writing as my career, but they are warming up to the idea.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk? Strangest habit? Is there anything you have to do before you start writing?

I hate to say this, but I don’t think I have a writing quirk. I outline, I write the story, then I edit the story. The only odd thing I can think of I do is I constantly twirl my hair as I write and think. I think it’s specifically a writing quirk, but more of a whenever-I-think quirk. So that’s the only thing I can think of that could be described as a possible writing quirk.

What advice would you give to a new writer?

The first piece of advice I would give to an newbie writer is to never give up. I really cannot stress this enough to writers.

It seems like defeat is fate for writers. Traditional publishers and agents are dishing out rejection slips as if it’s the new hottest trends. Self-publishing seems like giving up on your dreams altogether.

But reconsidering your options, doing research on your plans in publishing and joining a support writing group makes all the difference.

Throughout your writing career, just remember to never give up. Never give up and believe in your talent, and from there you’ll know where to go.

What has been the biggest challenge of your career so far?

Self-publishing. Straight up. I cannot tell you how difficult it is to balance my business mind with my writer mind. They are constantly at war with each other. The one part of my business mind is to constantly market, constantly keep my eye out for the next best thing in the publishing industry. My other brain is focused on finding the time to write, coming up with ideas, and taking breaks in between books.

Has a reader ever complimented you on your writing? What was the best thing you ever heard, and who told it to you?

Absolutely! The best compliment of my writing is the fact that they couldn’t get enough. I’ve heard this in several different readers, and in several different ways. Some reviewers say it in a negative tone that my short stories were not long enough. Some reviewers say it in a positive light that they can’t wait to read Everblossom 2. So I find it interesting to say the least.

What are you working on now? Could you give us a little taste?

Angel Diaries, YA paranormal romance, is my latest work. Here’s a sneak peek of the rough blurb:

Lindsey’s life couldn’t have been any more ordinary. So, she had two guys fighting over her, a psychic friend and a school dominated by Goths but, other than that, life was good. That is until horrible nightmare start about her mother being ripped apart by a monster changed her life from the inside out. Literally. Her whole world was full of lies. She’s not even human. She’s an Angel.

This book is recommended for 16 years or older due to adult scenes and situations.

Tell us about your latest book.

Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology is a collection of short stories and poems that explore the three stages of a flower that correlates to the human different stages of life but with a paranormal and fantasy twist. Here’s more information about it in the blurb:

 An anthology that will quench your thirst for more than the ordinary.

Everblossom is a journey through poems and short stories that may seem ordinary on the surface but dig a little deeper and the world not only shifts . . . It changes.

The author who brought you Iwishacana/Acanawishi, now brings you a dash of everything from dark fantasy to the paranormal to romance. So prepare yourself to delve into the three stages of the flower from bud to blossom then back to seed; you’ll go through them all with a whole new perspective on what it all truly means.

How can people find out more about you?

They can visit my blog here:

http://teacherwritebookaholicohmy.blogspot.com/

And they can read my latest book, Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology at these websites. That’s a fabulous way to get to know me better.

http://www.amazon.com/Everblossom-Short-Poetry-Anthology-ebook/dp/B005H5GKIY/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1313954227&sr=1-1

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/80600

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/everblossom-larissa-hinton/1104907595

 

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