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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Author Interview - Sandy Nathan @sandyonathan

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Sometimes it’s so hard to keep at it – What keeps you going?
I’m a friggin’ maniac. Plus, I have the eternal hope that God will smile on me and I’ll end up the female Stephen King. Or someone.
Tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it?
New book. Well, since I commissioned a cover for it, I’d say the one about the little girl who’s a bounty hunter and witch is on the top of my mind. It’s book 11 in my Bloodsong series. The series is currently at book 2, with Mogollon in production and getting ready for a spring release.  About a million miles of road stretch between #2 and # 11. I can’t release #11 until I release all those in between.
My writing Lilya vs. the Forces of Evil is a bit of insanity. Lilya, the girl, shows up in the book immediately before her book. That book and the one before it are fully written. (Another case of inspiration before order.) Lilya’s the daughter of a shaman and a witch who had paranormal powers at birth. One of her eyes is blue, the other brown. She’s strange and amazing and fearless. I started thinking about her and couldn’t stop, she’s such a powerful and compelling creature. Voila, a partly finished book with a print and eBook cover almost finished. All I need to do is finish it and the ten books before it and I’ll be all set.
How often do you write? And when do you write?
I write pretty much every day. Today, I’m working on these questions, but I also wrote a chapter in Numenon, the novel I’m rewriting. Came out great. Sometimes when I don’t write, the story I’m working on marinates in my mind and gets better. I write whenever. Morning, noon, night. Anywhere. My computer is in the center of our family room, not the best place for concentration, but I resist moving my work station.
Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
Oh, man, have I had it. I thought I’d never get Mogollon finished and in print. I started writing it in 1995. That was a tumultuous time for me. I think my brain was loose. I kept writing on that sucker, no form, no structure, not much story, until it was 240,000 words. And I couldn’t cut a one; I was in love with all of them. I wrote a half-dozen articles about writer’s block on my blog. They didn’t help. I suffered, I cried. I couldn’t separate the wheat from anything.
Finally, I got it together and finished the best draft I could. I shipped it off to my editor, who cut it in half. Slash! She cut out entire characters, all of which I was in love with. But I’ll be be darned, the book under all those extra words is pretty good.
It’s about a great Native American shaman meeting the richest man in the world. Sizzling conflict.
Do you plan to publish more books?
Oh, yes. To relieve my hard drive of its burden, if nothing else. I’ve got all those stories to tell. I won’t be able to rest until they’re published.
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Genre – Metaphysical Science Fiction
Rating – R
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