About Naomi Valkyrie:
Naomi Valkyrie, often called a Firebrand Provocateur, brings her unique Autistic perspectives and curiosities to life by weaving tales of deep connection, mystery, and romance. She is inspired by being able to spontaneously create a thought that takes on a life of its own, opening up new adventures for her readers.
The Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy realms are particular areas of interest for Naomi as they allow for the vast exploration of magic, adventure, and the impossible while creating diverse characters that her readers connect with on an emotional level.
When she isn’t attending to familial connections, Naomi loves a dark, comfy reading space surrounded by the symbolism of her spiritual archetypes and her daemon/familiars, while she sips her Starbucks tea and immerses herself in imagination.
What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired by being able to spontaneously create a thought that takes on a life of its own. I never know what my brain is going to think up next!
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
I have a lot of one-click authors – too long to list all of them.
Just a few…
-K. A. Merikan
-Jordan L. Hawk
-Aimee Nicole Walker
Tell us about your writing process.
I don’t have a structured writing process. Most often, I refer to my process as pure chaos. Being neurodivergent, most of the mainstream writing advice out there doesn’t work for me, so I’ve learned to patch together the things that work, and it’s ever-changing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters run the show. I’m just here to write down what they tell me.
What advice would you give other writers?
-There is no one correct way to write. Whatever writing method/process you use that works for you is the right one.
-Don’t compare your writing progress with another author’s progress. They aren’t living your life and you aren’t living theirs. You don’t know what factors are allowing them the progress they’re making.
-There’s a ton of writing advice out there. Not all of it is going to apply to you or be good for you. Take what works, ignore the rest. Just because someone has been writing longer doesn’t mean they’re always right.
-It’s okay if you don’t write every day. Some days are getting-words-down days and other days are thinking days. Both are progress.
-It doesn’t matter what you use to write – Word, Google Docs, a professional writing software, pencil and paper – as long as words get on the page, you’re doing fine!
-You’re never too old to start writing!
-Don’t let someone guilt you because you can’t afford something. If you can’t afford a professional cover designer to make custom covers, find a pre-made cover that will work. They’re usually less expensive. If you can’t afford a pre-made by someone else, design your own with a graphics program like Canva (check which photos are licensed for redistribution because not all of them are). If you can’t afford an editor yet, get an editing software to help. It’s better than nothing. We all have to start somewhere and not all of us can afford all the bells and whistles right out of the gate. Do the best you can with what you’ve got available. It’s okay!
-Don’t let critical people ruin your day. Your book isn’t for everyone, and that’s okay. The people it is for will love it!
-That feeling that your writing is horrid and you should take it out and burn it – it’s normal! You are your own worst critic. Find someone you trust and get some fresh eyes on the story.
-It doesn’t matter how long it takes you to write the book – three weeks, ten years, whatever. If you are getting words on the page, you’re making progress, no matter how big or small.
-Even if you are writing to market, make sure you have some passion projects to work on so you don’t lose your enthusiasm for writing.
-Burnout is a real thing. If you get to that point, don’t try to force yourself out of it. Rest. Relax. Your desire to write will return.
-If you want to write but you are struggling to find ideas, remember that ANYTHING can spark an idea. I’ve gotten ideas from my dreams, from the license plate on a car, from a person I saw walking down the street, from a shoe on the side of the road, from a song… Literally anything can trigger an idea if you are open to it.
-Don’t worry about whether your idea has been done or not. It likely has. There’s nothing new under the sun. What matters is your version of the idea. No one else is you. They won’t have your unique voice. The world needs all voices.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish so I could have more control over my work and my writing process.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Honestly, I haven’t thought about it much. Things are constantly shifting and changing so, for me, it’s just easier to focus on my writing and not pay attention to all of the predictions about where the industry is headed. If something comes up that affects me, I’ll adjust as necessary.
What genres do you write?: Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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