About Deborah Jarvis:
My name is Deborah Jarvis, English teacher by day, writer by night! I love to write fantasy in both the Epic and the Urban genres, as well as dabble here and there with short stories using a smidgen of horror and comedy now and again. I am an advocate for greyhounds and other sighthound breeds, and am a sucker for a good animal story. I am also partial to graphic novels, and use them frequently in my teaching. I also have two grown children who sometimes serve as sounding boards for my ideas. My daughter Rose is very encouraging!
What inspires you to write?
Life experiences and stories that I hear often lead to great tales and stories. Dreams have often inspired me to write, as have the great authors like Ray Bradbury and C. S. Lewis.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Peter S. Beagle is my all-time favorite, but I love Ray Bradbury, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Tom Dietz, and Anne McCaffery. Stephen King is also on this list as one I have read a lot of!
Tell us about your writing process.
I tend to be a pantser, to be honest. Some people plan their writing, but I have a hard time doing that unless I am writing a research paper. I usually ask the characters where they think they are going and follow the process from there. I have an idea for the characters in mind before I start, but they often tell me who they are as we go along. Sometimes, I am as surprised as they are as to what we discover, but learning about them is part of the fun. Sometimes, the characters do things I do not expect, such as storm off in a huff (with good reason), and I am left wondering where that come from!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
All the time! They tell me about themselves constantly. I think we create little pseudo-personalities when we write, and these characters gain more and more of their own life as we write. They know who they are, so I absolutely listen to them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don't give up on writing! Sometimes it can take years for you story to come to fruition, but the journey is at least as exciting as the finish. Also, read about publishing as much as possible. Know the pitfalls so you can avoid them!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish during the early days of the pandemic as I was worried the books might never see the light of day if something happened to me. Depressing, I know, but it was a huge wake-up call! A stated above, read about the steps before plunging in speaks one who plunged in!)
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that self-publishing will continue to thrive and gain more acceptance. I hope that traditional publishing will relinquish some of the gatekeeping aspects I have seen over the past ten years or so and realize they are doing themselves a disservice.
What genres do you write?: High/Epic and Urban fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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