This week, indie author Olivia Martinez joins me to chat about her new book, Mistfall.
Welcome, Olivia and congratulations on your book. When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I think it finally became a real, tangible thing for me when I saw Mistfall for sale. It was a project before that for me.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Like most people, I always considered writing but never did anything about it. With the evolution of self-publishing, doors have been opened for all authors. I’ve seen books that have been rejected by the major publishers go on to be made into movies. I needed a project and it seemed the right time to me to finally write that book.
What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine?
My process involves a lot of procrastination. I don’t think I follow to much of a routine. The story comes to me as I write it, in the shower, in my sleep, etc. When I have it, I write it. It could be two in the morning when the right idea comes to me. Outlining never works for me, so I gave up trying. I start out with pencil and paper. Then I go to the computer and type the chapter out and make revisions, edits, and make the story better.
How did you come up with the title of this book?
I knew the title before I knew the story. Mistfall is the misty fog that separates the Otherworld from the human world. When the word popped into my head I knew it was the perfect title.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I’m sure there are plenty of messages in there. I didn’t start out to do that on purpose, but when I’m watching the news while writing, things tend to get written in. Same goes for when I’m talking to people and writing. Melissa and Hailz are based off real people.
Are the events in your book or your characters based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Yes. I was talking to my best friend Melissa when I was writing the character named after her. I was talking to another friend, Hailey, when I wrote Hailz’s character. There was a news story about people wanting to ban gay marriage, which incensed me, so I wrote out a same-sex marriage scene.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I happen to be so OCD about some things that I don’t even think about this. If I did, there’s a possibility that I would be doing re-writes for the next ten years.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Writing in the first person is not the best choice for your first attempt at writing. It is much harder than writing from any other perspective. I’m stubborn though and stuck with it, which is a good thing because I really wanted a first person narrative.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Self-marketing is the key to being successful. I thought I jumped the gun when I started my blog only five chapters into the book. Reality is, I should have started sooner. When self-publishing, the marketing is all on your shoulders. You need to get your name out there however you can. Start a blog, get on GoodReads, use Twitter, Facebook, etc. The single best thing I did was to join WLC (World Literary Cafe). If you are like me and working on a budget, it is a tool worth it’s weight in gold. You can connect with other authors, bloggers, critique groups, etc.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I’ve just started book two of the Mistfall series. I can tell everyone that Mags is not the same happy-go-lucky girl she was. The torture she underwent at King Abel’s hands has changed her. This may very well be a game changer, positioning the world on the brink of utter destruction.
Thanks for joining me and good luck with your future projects!
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