About B. L. Pride:
B. L. Pride is a team of two best friends from Maribor, Slovenia. They’ve got a lot in common, but their love for books, stories, and new worlds they explore and inhabit constantly has brought them even closer together. The venture that started with Barbara’s decision she would stop fighting her wish to write hit a whole new dimension when Lea read what her best friend had written. The decision was not an easy one, but it was made eventually – and L. started to translate their first work, now titled Addiction (Book One, Beyond Life Series). There have been a whole bunch of ups and downs ever since, but they didn’t quit. Now they have just published the first book of a new series, Addiction is getting re-edited, and Insanity (Book Two, Beyond Life Series) is waiting to be published alongside Addiction.
The answers in this interview are B’s 🙂
What inspires you to write?
My writing is a combination of various elements, and I feel that there is so much of everything that can be used as a source of inspiration. I pick up tiny bits and pieces from all around – cooking, playing with my kids, driving to work, talking to people … But those are just moments, sometimes seemingly insignificant details. For me, one of the most important layers of a novel is the emotional world of the characters. I love it when a book feels so real I shiver or hold my breath, I love it when I get mad at a character despite knowing I’d do the exact same idiocy … And I love to write about it. I think most of the emotional states, situations, and reactions in my books have been inspired by music – there are moments in my books that are very detailed transcripts of what a song makes me feel. So … yes, I guess I could say that music is my most important source of inspiration.
Tell us about your writing process.
The writing process … It starts before the actual writing. When the idea is moulded to the point where I know it will work, I start writing. Since my novels have a strong fantasy twist in its core, I always have to figure out that first. I let everything else evolve during the actual writing, but the fantasy twist has to be thoroughly thought out.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I never talk to my characters. I watch them perform. Really. There are movies in my head.
What advice would you give other writers?
If anything, I need advice myself. 🙂 But the good old cliche that should never be a cliche, the one about never giving up, seems to be extremely useful in the life of an author. Write. Work. Edit. Proofread. Edit. Rewrite. Etc. But never give up, if this is what you want to do. If it’s not something you enjoy immensely, it’s too much hard work to bother.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was forced to do it. Lea, who is the other half of B. L. Pride team, made me do it. As you can read in the author’s bio, B. L. Pride is a team of two people. I never thought about publishing anything. I wrote the first series in Slovene, and when L. read it, she started convincing me to do something with it. I think I gave a pretty good struggle, but she managed to convince me when she suggested she would translate it in English. I mean, her kids were one and five years old at the time, and we all know that a woman is pretty busy in a situation like that. The fact that she was actually willing to take on such a huge responsibility (not to mention hard work) convinced me that she believed it the story.
Things have changed considerably since then. I started writing my new series in English, and L. is still translating the series.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I have to admit that my understanding of book publishing is pretty poor as it is. Living in Slovenia and being a paperback addict, I spend way too much money in my favorite bookstore, and until I was told about amazon, kindle, and all the other wonders of modern era, I had no particular interest in these ‘wonders of the modern era’. So believe me, I am the last person to predict anything about it. However, I think that indie authors will rule the world eventually, of course. 🙂
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: dark romance, paranormal romance, mystery
What formats are your books in?: eBook
B. L. Pride Home Page Link
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