R.V. Doon is a bookie! Seriously, she’s an avid reader who also loves to write. After many years of hospital nursing, she took the plunge and now writes full time. She writes across genres from cozy mystery to dark fantasy. R.V. currently lives in Mobile, Alabama, a haunted and historical city, with her husband and two dogs who take the scary out of her world. She would love to hear from you at her blog, or find her on Google +.
What inspires you to write?
Nature, news articles, a whispered story that may or may not be true. Waking up, inspires me to write. I’m hooked on bringing my stories to life. It’s a natural sort of high like sailing.
Tell us about your writing process.
Well, I let the story find me. I’ve written down ideas for 3 books in the last month. The idea that excites me the most gets written. I don’t write in one specific genre. Some people hint I’d be better off focusing on one type, but as a reader I like variety. I do the same with my writing. With Swarmers I’ve committed to a series, so to that extent I’ll be focused on a dark fantasy thriller.
I know the beginning and the end, the characters are real to me, and I write their story. I’m a pantser.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen and occasionally shout, “you can’t do that, you’re a good guy!”
Seriously, I don’t interview them. I know many authors like to interview their main characters, but I don’t “interview” my friends in real life. I learn about them over time and that’s how I come to know my characters.
What advice would you give other writers?
I’m laughing here. Okay, the only way to release the story from the jail in your head is to write it. Don’t talk the story line to death, don’t share the idea in your social networks, don’t get all teary-eyed over the concept. Write the story. When you hit “the end” share it.
People, friends, and family have a way of killing an idea because they don’t see the story mural as you do. They listen to your words and offer critique as often as support. Writers are self motivated, at least I am.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self published because I’ve tried the traditional route and didn’t break out. Swarmers wasn’t submitted to the traditional route because I’ve committed to self publishing at this point. Younger writers have time to work the traditional system and be a hybrid author. There is nothing wrong with doing both routes. Now, I’m releasing my story ideas and I’m letting the readers decide. Hopefully, Swarmers will find a fan base.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it will continue to change and adjust, but books are here to stay.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Dark Fantasy thriller, cozy mystery, thriller and suspense, and historical
What formats are your books in?