If it's Monday, it must be time for another interview. Today's interview is with Darke Conteur, author of The Watchtower and Under The Cover of Wicca, and she's going to discuss her writing life with us.
Right now I have two project that I'm actively working on. Of Covens and Packs, the third novel in my paranormal series, and Call of the Siren, book for [stet] of the same series.
Do you follow a regular routine?
I try to, but some weeks are better than others.
Do you use pen and paper or computer?
Computer. When I write freehand I can't read what I've written.
Work at home or at the library/Starbucks, etc.
How do you balance writing with other aspects of your life?
I put myself on a schedule. I only work from 9-10 am to around 4pm. I can't write when everyone's home anyway. Too much noise.
When do you write?
Usually in the morning. I've been pushing myself to write in the afternoon as well. Some days I can, some day's [stet] the game console beckons.
How much time per day do you spend on your writing?
Between four to six hours a day, depending on my motivation and the scenes I'm working on.
What has been the most surprising reaction to something you’ve written?
That people like it. That still floors me.
What is the strongest criticism you’ve ever received as an author? The best compliment?
I was a part of an online workshop and the first piece I subbed to them was torn apart. The reviewer took it apart line by line and I sat there with my mouth open, shocked because I thought it was great as it was. That was also the day I realized that learning to write was going to take some time and dedication.
Other than your family, what has been your greatest source of support?
My husband and my mother. When my husband calls during the day, he tells me to get back to that best seller I'm writing. I think he just wants to quit his day job and live off me. :P
How do you deal with rejection and/or negative reviews?
With a very deep breath. I know there will be people who read my work and won't like it, that's fine, but it still hurts when they say something negative about it.
Please let us know where can your readers stalk you:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Darke-Conteur-Author-Storyteller/192111757487551
Is your book in print, ebook or both?
Right now, both are only available as ebooks, but I am planning on doing print versions in the future.