About Iris Sweetwater:
Iris Sweetwater has been writing for most of her life, completing her first poems and short stories when she was only five years old. Writing has always been in her blood, and she also is a lover of reading. Her favorite genres to both read and write have always been fantasy and paranormal, having always been a huge fan of JK Rowling, Holly Black, and Cassandra Clare. She has worked in the writing industry in many capacities throughout her life including educating children in both journalism and Creative Writing. She hopes that she can inspire children the way she was inspired by her favorite authors and eventually become an author full time.
What inspires you to write?
Honestly, it is something I have always done. It is a way to express myself nd to essentially create magic, weaving new worlds and stories for people to escape in.
Tell us about your writing process.
I start with a bulleted outline so that I have a plan. I do not do as well without some kind of plan. However, I often find the need to modify as I go.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
For the most part, I have not experienced this quite the same way others have. However, I think the villains of my stories often decide their own path and throw twists at me that I don't expect.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing and keep loving your stories regardless of haters.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I used to think that you weren't really an author if you self-published, but the world of publishing has completely changed with the way ebooks are done and the fact that many publishers don't market or give you any freedom anymore. It is almost impossible to get a big enough agent and publisher to bother, and I found in my discussions with other authors that those with publishers feel so limited. I thought with my talent and marketing experience I could do it myself.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think small publishers, ebook publishing and marketing packages and self-publishing are going to grow. However, I know how we love bookstores and the feel of a new book. That will not die out entirely.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance, YA Fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
All information in this post is presented “as is” supplied by the author. We don’t edit to allow you the reader to hear the author in their own voice.