About Siobhan Searle:
Born in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Siobhan was raised on a farm near Belleville, Ontario. Despite enjoying nightly bedtime stories and reciting her verbal tales to her family as a youth, for much of Siobhan’s adolescence she detested reading. However, at the age of fourteen she discovered a book she couldn’t put down, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.
Carrying her newfound pleasure for literature with her through high school and later college, where she studied veterinary technology and then moved on to nursing, Siobhan finally found her true calling in 2013, as an author and mother. Siobhan now enjoys thrilling her readers with fantastical or horrifying tales of the supernatural, while rearing of her son.
What inspires you to write?
Reading inspires me to write. I love to read and every time I read a good book, I sit back and wish I had wrote it. So one day I stopped wishing and just picked up a pen and decided to do it.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process starts out very in the moment. I’ll get inspired and then just let the idea guide me. After I’ve written about a dozen chapters, then I’ll do a first edit to make sure the story flows and the characters are believable. If they do, then I finish the book and finally edit the crap out of it until I feel it’s ready for the public.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
So far most of my characters are based on people in my life. Therefore, when I’m hashing out a scene, I try to envision how the individuals the characters are based on would interact with one another. If and when I start making up characters from scratch, I’m not sure what my process will be.
What advice would you give other writers?
This my seem to simple, but the best advice I’ve recieved so far is just to keep writing. No matter what it is, whether short stories, articles, blog, daily journal, anything. Just keep writing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve always dreamed of seeing my name in print on the shelves of Chapters or other bookstores, but found the whole traditional publishing process daunting. So I figured that by becoming an Indie author, I would be able to dip my toes into the writing world, learn how it all worked, gain exposure, and maybe one day build up to finding a publisher interested in my work.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’m really on the fence about it. I think being able to self-publish is great and helps a lot of otherwise overlooked authors, but at the same time see the pluses of traditional publishing.
What genres do you write?: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, horror, paranormal suspense, and young adult.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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