Raven Ness started writing as a teenager and hasn’t stopped since. She’s tried her hand at just about every genre one can think of, except SF, (she just can’t bring herself to do it) but came back to her first love: erotica. She loves reading urban fantasy and is toying with an idea that she hopes will merge her erotica obsessed mind with urban fantasy so she can finally be fully satisfied. She also has a rescue Pomeranian named Piko who keeps her on her toes and doesn’t have a clue he’s a dog.
What inspires you to write?
I love dreaming up characters and taking them to places all over the world. My books tend to feature strong male characters who are darkly handsome and full of secrets. My female characters are exploring themselves and I find that is a theme for me. I think that many of us repress our true selves for one reason or another and need to accept ourselves but haven’ found a way to yet. So I get to let my girls (characters) explore that.
Tell us about your writing process.
I keep a notebook where I scribble down broad ideas that hit me. Usually from there I will have a scene emerge in my head and I start writing. I write linear, I just can’t skip around through scenes or I mess myself up. So I start from the opening and work my way to the scene that I have in my head. I also keep myself bound by a daily word count. If I’m stuck on a scene in one story I have no problems switching to another one. This allows my brain to still play while pushing through any blocks.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I play with them. I give them a variety of scenarios in my head as I am getting into bed for the night and then I let them have at it. Even if the situation isn’t anything like the story I’m writing them in, I let have fun and be themselves. Some of my best ideas come to me in the middle of the night and I know it’s because I let them run around in my head while I’m sleeping.
What advice would you give other writers?
Never give up. I know it sounds cliche’ but don’t. Also, try keeping yourself open to new genres when you’re starting out. I initially stuck with just fantasy but have broadened out and it’s made a world of difference for me. It’s like by opening myself up to other possibilities, I gave myself permission to not take the process so seriously and really you shouldn’t either.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish because of the flexibility it gave me. I like having my hands in everything and I knew that I wouldn’t get that at a traditional publishing house. I have a close friend who is an editor and he agreed to edit for me so I was lucky. But I didn’t realize at first how much went into making a good story but now I feel like I have even more ownership in what I produce. Which is a very good thing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think ebooks are going to become even bigger as more people make the transition to electronic devices. People are starving for good stories, and if you can produce great stories, with great characters, in a timely manner then I think, as a writer, you will succeed. Traditional publishing is experiencing a shift and they are having to deal with that transition in power.
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