Authors Asking Authors – Sierra Dean
This week’s author writes my crack. Her Secret McQueen series is so addictive, even as you want to throw the books across the room and twitter-stalk the author demanding she tell why she is torturing her poor characters so…something I have never done *grin* The latest installment in her series, Secret Unleashed was released this week and if you are a fan of urban fantasy, I strongly recommend you give this series a try. Now without further ado, I give you Sierra Dean, this week’s Authors Asking Authors answerer.
Do you have an old writing routine that you used to consider essential (ex: “I can only write if ——-“), that you now don’t need at all? – ML Brennan
I definitely used to need music when writing. I couldn’t work without it. Now I very rarely use it at all. I’ve become much more adaptable and can write in just about any situation now.
Do you have critique partners, beta readers, or even people you run early ideas by? What is your system for that? – Carolyn Crane
My two best friends used to be my initial beta readers, but since then my editor has become the first person to receive most of my projects before anyone else. Now I’ll TALK about ideas with people a lot (one of my closest friends is going to help me suss out some ideas for a sci-fi project), but other than that I’m pretty solitary.
In reading reviews, have you ever stumbled on any useful insight about your work (punctuation quirks, plot holes, beloved/hated characters, story direction, errors your publisher missed) that changed the way you wrote future books? – Jenn Bennett
I hate to admit that reading reviews has made me change a few things, and I learned my lesson on that because when I did, people just got mad. I’ve had to learn that I need to stay true to my original concepts, and remember it is literally impossible to please everyone, so I might as well strive to please myself.
If there was one thing about being an author or about the publishing industry that you’d want readers to know/understand, what would it be? – Kate SeRine
It’s hard. Very, very hard. I spend all day creating worlds and lives for fictional characters, and then people at large are allowed to say whatever they want about my creations. It’s on of the only jobs in the world where you get your performance reviews from the public in general.
That, and not all writers are alcoholics. Though we might like to be.
So I think most people will ask about process or inspiration, but I’m a shopping girl at heart. What was the first ‘present’ you bought yourself to celebrate a contract, a big cheque, or a great advance? – Sierra Dean
My own question! I probably should have thought up a good answer. No, I’m kidding. My first big purchase was a brand new iPad. Then I used the slight boost in income to ditch my ancient 1989 Toyota and lease a new, much nicer, Nissan.
If you could go back and rewrite/change any aspect of your main character, would you? – Amanda Bonilla
No. People might want me to say I’d make Secret less slutty, but I can’t. In her position I would do the same damned thing, and I won’t apologize for it. She wouldn’t be complete without her flaws, like any real person.
What book do you wish that you had written? – Jennifer Estep
The “Magic” series by Ilona Andrews. Those books are so good, the world building so amazing, I wish I could take credit for any of it.
Have you ever wished you could visit the world your characters live in and, if so, what do you envision yourself doing in that world? Bartender listening to character woes? Valued friend? Frenemy? – Adrian Phoenix
I’ve been asked if I wanted to BE my heroine, and that I definitely wouldn’t want to be. Secret gets so thoroughly abused, beaten and shit-talked it’s a wonder she gets out of bed every day. To be in that world though? That would be pretty cool. The detectives in my world seem to fare decently. Maybe I could be Mercedes. She knows what’s what but still manages to have a semi-normal life.
Bonus Question! What’s the most unusual place you’ve ever been recognized as an author or talked with someone about your books?
I’ve never been recognized anywhere strange, but it is unusual for me to be recognized at all, even at RT I’m stunned when people spot me and know who I am. I do have 2 fun stories about OTHER people who had Sierra Dean encounters. Once, a buddy of mine texted me from the Vancouver airport to tell me the person sitting next to him was reading one of my books on their Kindle. The other, much more random, was my tattoo artist (and close friend) telling me she ended up having a conversation with one of her clients who was reading my books. Very small world.
Giveaway time! Sierra is offering a digital copy of Secret Unleashed to one lucky winner! Leave a comment below by Monday October 21st 2013 11:59pm EST and you’re entered! Giveaway open internationally. Good luck to all of you who enter and THANKS to Sierra for the wonderful prize 🙂