About Fifi Pottier:
Originally from Rwanda, I came to the UK at the age of 6. My family have always had a love of different cultures and so instilled in me a deep interest in people and travel. I graduated from City University with a 2:1 in Psychology & Sociology.
For my career I've always worked in the digital field, fascinated by technology and how its evolution has changed the way we communicate, learn and live. The democratisation of communication has fundamentally altered society. For me, self-publishing is a natural extension of this. I hope that my books provide a rich and varied experience for my readers as I merge different cultures and genres together.
What inspires you to write?
I find writing therapeutic and I use my blog to express my views as I've led a very unusual life.
With Vampire Emily, I couldn't find what I was looking for and so I thought I may as well write it myself.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
I have far too many to even begin to list.
Tell us about your writing process.
I'm naturally a panster, which is wonderful in the creative part but a nightmare to polish. My editor has shown me how I need to be more structured, to plan my story and chapters. For the sequel to Vampire Emily, I've been trying to keep to the outline in the hope that eventually I'll be a planster.
I'm also working on non-fiction and that's a different process for me as I know what I want to put in the book, but to make it appeal to the reader is something I'm learning.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oh my gosh yes! This is the problem, I have so many characters and ideas for different books. I ignore them when I focus on one story, but sometimes their tale is too much and I have to get something written. I have far too many WIPs!
What advice would you give other writers?
Your first draft is going to be rubbish but enjoy the creative process and FINISH it. I read that 97% of people who start writing a book don't finish it so once it's completed you are ahead of the game.
You will have many rewrites to do, but it will be worth it. And take a break between each edit/rewrite session to get fresh eyes. I made the mistake of being eager to publish and overlooked mistakes I thought my proofreader & copyeditor would have picked up. It's embarrassing to have readers pick up mistakes in grammar. As an indie, we are competing with traditionally published writers for attention and I want to make reading as enjoyable as possible without the distraction of poor spelling!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
If I'm honest, I felt that the self publish route would give me a lot more freedom. It's a great opportunity to learn and hone my craft. I've made wonderful connections in the writing community so I'm utterly grateful to them!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that we will continue to see the rise of high-quality books from self-published authors. There are many resources available that provide a voice for otherwise unheard of voices.
What genres do you write?: Horror, paranormal, fantasy, urbanfiction, vampire, contemporary horror, mystery
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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