About Isis Sousa:
Writing sucks. Period. That’s why I am an artist; illustrator and graphic designer who writes in a hobby basis. Oh, wait… That’s not the “why”… I was born artist, and there is nothing I can do to change it. But with all the imagination I have running lose, there came some stories… And there came some books!
What inspires you to write?
I would say that first of all, is to create the very books I would like to read/buy but couldn’t find until now ^.^ And what keeps constantly inspiring my writing are the arts, such as music, paintings, architecture, theater, also the computer graphics arts… Nature with its never-ending weather changes and life. Everything that is beautiful, dark, mysterious and enticing…
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process is rather chaotic… Probably because of my being an artist. I normally dream about a story or idea for some months or even a year before I write down anything. Also, within the idea for a story, I will imagine lose scenes and moods – all out of order, just to immerse myself in that universe in different scenarios. After some time, when the idea has matured, I will fit it within my free time schedule to actually write it.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
This is a very nice question! Hell yeah! I talk to my characters, I mimic them, imitate their mannerisms in a particular scene, such as the way they walk, move, or the pace at which they speak. Kind of a role playing/acting thing – but I only do it when I am alone 😀
What advice would you give other writers?
Be yourself. Be original. Follow your gut. Remember that writing is art and that quantity is not synonymous of quality.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It was a bit a bit by accident. I have always published my art in a way or another, the personal or commercial side and a few years ago I asked myself: what would happen if I shared my stories with the world? I was aware I could do it whether someone believed in my potential or not by the means of self-publishing. My first book is The Night of Elisa – and I learned the process by doing it. I love self-publishing because of the freedom which you can have on your writing, on your cover and doing things at your own pace. The only downside is that you need to have your own financial resources to pay other professionals to help you with editing, proofing, marketing, etc.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
This is a tough question. I believe the immediate future is a boom of what is already happening: new self-publishing and distribution services emerging – some closing; popularization of e-books (maybe sooner than later take over the sales printed books), also more audiobooks will be produced. I believe also there will be other forma of books – it is already a reality with interactive book attempts – but soon they will be more popular, not only on tablets, but perhaps also on game consoles? And very soon we will be seeing holographic books… Just guessing, just guessing…
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Gothic, Psychological, Dark Fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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