A crazy, video game playing, author who likes to close her eyes and listen to the radio show in her mind more than see something in theaters, Anita Pettinato-Taylor is a bit of an oddball. However, with a bachelor’s in History and an appreciation for European Folklore and Medieval Literature she is armed with a unique set of skills to weave interesting immersive worlds that feel as though they could have actually existed.
What inspires you to write?
Everything and anything. An ad in a magazine, a vista in a video game, a neat piece of history or the melody of a song. I find inspiration in odd places, I suppose it’s because I have a bit of an over active imagination!
Tell us about your writing process.
I am definitely a seat of the pants writer. I usually don’t know where I’m going with a story when I set down to write it. I hate outlines, whenever I write with them I rush things I get so excited about getting to Z when I’m at A that I rush the rest of everything and every scene isn’t given the care it deserves. I walk everywhere, so I come up with most of my ideas listening to movie or video game sound tracks.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters more than talk to them. I envision the movie version of my book in my mind while I’m writing.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t be afraid to go places you’re uncomfortable with, and don’t be afraid to have your characters do things that you find distasteful. Oh! And always… ALWAYS make certain you villains have motivation other than just to be evil.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to go the self-publish route because I wasn’t certain I’d be able to get a publisher to stand behind the stories I have. Fantasy is published all of the time, but people expect certain things from fantasy, you expect these perfect elves, the knight in shining armor hero, a clear cut villain. I like to take the traditionally light genre into a place that can be very dark at times.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
As for the future of book publishing, books will always be around. Print, electronic, it doesn’t matter there will always be a market for them.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Dark Fantasy, Occult,
What formats are your books in?
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