About Myndi Shafer:
Myndi Shafer is an author, wife, and momma of four. Born and raised in Kansas, she can drive a tractor and ride a horse–and look pretty doing it. As a child she carried a book everywhere she went; as an adult she still does.
Myndi is the author of The Shrilugh Saga (Shrilugh, The Darkening, and Reckoning), and the stand alone science fiction novel HANNA, HANNA, ONE-and-TWO.
What inspires you to write?
Sometimes a character will pop up in my head and nag me until I put them down on paper. Other times it’ll a visual stimuli that sets me off–something I see while driving in the country, or maybe a random thing on Pinterest. My most favorite stories have come from drawing on the world around me and finding a way to make it magical.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a write-as-you-go kind of gal. I do have three huge dry erase boards in my office where the story spider-webs itself out when I get stuck. But most of the time the story tells itself to me–kinda like walking in the dark with a lantern. I can usually see just far enough ahead to take the next step in storytelling.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen and watch them. They don’t talk to me. Usually they just do their thing and I try to capture it with words.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing. Keep reading. Read everything. Let people you trust read your rough drafts. Read your rough drafts out loud. Hate your work and put it away while you work on something else. Then pull it back out of the drawer and realize it’s not as crappy as you thought it was. Keep writing. Keep reading. Repeat.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-pub because it was just what I wanted to do. I was okay with my career having a slow takeoff, and I really don’t respond well to pressure. So self-publishing was a good fit for me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Oh, man. I don’t know exactly. But I know that books and stories are important. We need them. We need storytellers to keep talking story. I guess for me, personally, I will just keep trucking ahead with the intention of going with the flow of whatever comes.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Fantasy, Sci-Fi
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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