Today I have an interview with Willow Rose, author of multiple books, including the recently released Savage.
What’s the hardest part of writing a book?
Letting go of it. Deciding it is done and good enough for people to read.
What’s your favourite part of writing a book?
Everything and nothing. It is heaven and hell at the same time. I love writing, I feel so empty when I am not writing, I need it, I need to get the stories out of me and let the characters come alive, but at the same time it is the hardest thing I have to do. Ernest Hemingway said it just right when he said: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
What kind of research did you do to write this book?
I went to St. Augustine where the book takes place. I live in Florida so it wasn’t that long a trip. I researched a lot of Timucua history – the history of the Native Americans that lived in Florida before the Europeans came and I read a lot about jaguars, naturally. How they hunt, how they act. All of their characteristics.
Do you read reviews written about your book?
Sometimes. I try to learn from them if someone makes a good point.
What inspired you to become a writer?
I have always told stories to whoever would listen. In school I remember sitting in class during recess and telling stories to my friends making them forget that they were about to go out and play. Even my teacher would often listen in as well. I love spellbinding my audience.
Did you base any of the characters on real people?
I do. Often they are a mixture of several people. They can look like one person I know, but then have the background of another.
Do you have a writing routine?
I drink a lot of tea while I write. I shut down everything that might disturb me, facebook, twitter, goodreads and Skype.
Do you write your book from page 1 to the end, or do you jump around?
It always starts with a person. A character popping into my head somehow when I am busy doing something else. Then he or she becomes very much alive inside of my head and starts doing stuff and soon I see his or hers relatives and friends and situation and suddenly the story comes into my head. I write down constantly all of my ideas and then I wait until I have a beginning, a middle and an end in my head. Then when I am about to burst because I can’t keep it in any longer then I sit down and begin to write. Then the story flows out of me from page one till finish. By that time I know my characters, their background, their situation and the story so well I don’t even have to look at what I have written down while still in the idea-phase.
About Willow Rose
Willow Rose writes YA Paranormal Romance and fantasy. Originally from Denmark she now lives on Florida’s Space Coast with her husband and two daughters. She is a huge fan of Anne Rice and Isabel Allende. When she is not writing or reading she enjoys to watch the dolphins play in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
The year is 1983. Christian is 22 years old when he leaves his home in Denmark to spend a year in Florida with a very wealthy family and go to med-school. A joyful night out with friends is shattered by an encounter with a savage predator that changes his life forever. Soon he faces challenges he had never expected. A supernatural gift he has no idea how to embrace. A haunting family in the house next door. A spirit-filled girl who seems to carry all the answers. An ancient secret hidden in the swamps of Florida. One life never the same. One love that becomes an obsession. Two destinies that will be forever entangled.
Win a copy of the book
Willow has graciously offered one paperback-copy (signed) and one e-book copy of Savage to lucky readers.To enter, obey Rafflecopter below. Giveaway is open worldwide until Aug 2, 2012.