Hello my fellow little munchkins. How are you all doing? I am doing okay. I am going to be home tommorow which is kind of sad because I wished that YALLFEST was longer. Anyways, I had the lovely chance to interview the author Indie Gantz and I hope you really like this interview.
1.) What made you want to write this book?
The Akasha Series came about for several reasons, one of which was my need for new characters to fall in love with. I am a character driven reader and writer, and I really wanted to put out something that could extend over a long period of time, letting the audience get a full picture of the life these characters lead.
I also wanted to write something with more diversity and progressive storylines that are more representative of our current society.
2.) What Hogwarts house would the main character of your book be sorted into?
Charlie would definitely be sorted into Gryffindor at the beginning of the series, but by the end of the series she may be more of a Slytherin/Gryffindor hybrid.
Tirigan is Ravenclaw through and through.
3.) While you were editing your book what were some thoughts that were going through your mind?
Please, oh please, let this process be over with?
Besides begging for a swift relief from formatting agony, I mostly thought about how the scene would read as a screenplay. I want readers to be able to see the scene in their mind very clearly, and if I’m editing, that’s my main focus outside of grammar, syntax, and formatting.
4.) What word would sum up your book?
5.) Do you believe in writer’s block?
I believe in the idea of creating a negative writing environment that keeps writers from being successful. I’ve certainly done this on more than one occasion, and it takes me a little while to figure out where I’ve gone wrong. Whether it be personal struggles or outside factors, if my life isn’t settled, it’s hard for me to devote the energy needed to write effectively. Obviously, I can’t wait until my life is perfect before sitting down to write, because then I would never write, but if I find myself unable or unwilling to write, I take a hard look at other aspects in my life that need tending to. Despite the cliche of the unhealthy writer, I find I write the best when I keep myself healthy and happy.
I also use music to help me set the mood, so even when I’m feeling great, I can get dark and dreary very quickly with the aid of a good playlist.
5.) What is your writing process like?
Caffeine. Music. A two to three hour block.
Rinse and Repeat.
6.) What advice do you have for other writers?
For the process:
Set a writing schedule and stick to it, create a good playlist for both characters and scenes, and read your chapters out loud.
Avoid character cliches. Don’t tell the reader the day is sunny, show the reader the glare of the sun’s rays. Don’t force the plot down the character’s throat (use natural dialogue catered to the individual character).
7.) How much research do you do for your books?
Too much for my own good.
I spend a lot of time researching various aspects of my story to make it as detailed and accurate as possible. I also love to throw in some easter egg type tidbits that should be fun for some readers. A lot of the chapter titles are also heavily researched references to other literature, famous quotes, or secret/double meaning themes.
8.) How did you decide to pick out your book cover?
I designed it myself, then had a professional create it according to my specifications. I painted an acrylic version of the tree in the middle and sent it along so they could create a replica in digital format.
9.) What is your favorite quote of your book?
I really like the opening line,
“There is nothing new under the sun.
Where my people come from, there is more than one sun in the sky, but I don’t imagine an increase in stars correlates to the amount of monotony one finds in their daily lives. There is nothing new under any sun, and even when you’re constantly moving, life can be stagnant.”- Charlie Damuzi, Chapter One: Matter of Rome
10.) How can your readers discover more about you and your work?
You can visit my website, http://www.thisisindieg.com! I’ve got everything you’d want to know about the series there, including links to purchase. I also have two blogs, one dedicated to the Akasha Series and one dedicated to whatever has the misfortune of entering my mind.