Kirsten Weiss is the author of the Riga Hayworth series of paranormal mysteries: the urban fantasy, The Metaphysical Detective, The Alchemical Detective, The Shamanic Detective, and The Infernal Detective.
Kirsten worked overseas for nearly fourteen years, in the fringes of the former USSR and deep in the Afghan war zone. Her experiences abroad not only gave her glimpses into the darker side of human nature, but also sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives.
Now based in San Mateo, CA, she writes paranormal mysteries, blending her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem.
Kirsten has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer reruns and drinking good wine.
What inspires you to write?
Stories! I love putting them to paper. But when I’m having one of those writers block days, I listen to music that my characters might listen to, to put me in the mood.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have learned to become a plotter, so my process is to start with a premise, develop it into a rough outline, create characters, and then flesh the story out, scene by scene. Then I sit down and force myself to write 2,000 words a day.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No, but I will imagine the scene in my head before writing it out.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish largely because I got frustrated by the length of time it took to get published traditionally. Then I got lucky. A small press found my books and invited me to publish through them. Now I have the advantages of extra editors – though I still use my own professional editor – and the small press publishes very quickly.
I think self-publishing is a great way to start, but even when you’re self-publishing you need a professional team of editors and book designers behind you.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think large publishers still don’t “get” the e-book market and many are over-charging. Now as an MBA, I understand that businesses can and should charge what the market will bear. But I hear a lot of people complaining that e-books cost as much or more than paperbacks… And sometimes as much as hardbacks. This is, however, great news for indies, who are more flexible with their pricing and can use that to break in to the market.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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