Darke Conteur is an author at the mercy of her muse and writes stories that fall on the side of noir. Writing in several genres, she prefers paranormal and science fiction and has stories published in several online magazines including Bewildering Stories, Aphelion, and the recently closed Oysters and Chocolate. When not busy writing, she looks after one wannabe rock star, one husband, three cats, and one ghost dog.
What inspires you to write?
I love to tell stories. I have since I was a child. I loved the places my imagination would take me and I wanted to share these places with others.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m an outliner, but as I’m writing a series it’s needed. I do a rough draft of the book, just jotting down idea’s and scenes; sometimes constructing chapters, until the meat of the plot is down. First draft is very rough; just short description and dialogue, to see how the story flows. As I write this out, any new ideas that come to me are jotted down in another file and add these in the revisions stage. I do one more read through and fix things that need it, then send it off to my editor. Final edits are done when I hear back from her. Then it’s off to publish.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
All the time. In my opinion you must. You’re writing about their life; who knows it better than them?
What advice would you give other writers?
Write, and don’t rush to publish. Learn how to craft a good story. In the long run, that’s all that matters.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
When I completed THE WATCHTOWER, I wasn’t expecting to publish it at all. The whole Amazon craze had barely started and the big publishers wouldn’t touch a manuscript as small as mine. On top of the fact it wasn’t in the ‘popular’ genre. Only when digital books took off did I start thinking about doing it myself, but it’s not easy. There’s a lot of work that has to be done on a daily basis.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Who knows, really. It would be nice to look into a crystal ball and see, but that would take away the excitement. Besides, both sides have said the other will die off, and neither has so…
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Paranormal, occult, science fiction, Steampunk, erotica
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print