About V. L. Dreyer:
V. L. Dreyer (preferred name Vic) was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. She grew up in a home that valued literacy above all else, and she learned her love of books during childhood.
At the age of 14, she penned her first novel in the form of the original draft of the yet-to-be-published “The Gyrath’s Gate Chronicles”, which is in the process of being adapted to graphic novel format. Ms Dreyer has since gone on to pen numerous novels under her own name, and her pen name Abigail Hawk, as well as an assortment of graphic novels and short stories. Her preferred genres are science fiction, post-apocalyptic survival and romance – and sometimes all three at once.
Due to a medical condition that has made it impossible for her to work a regular day job, she is now focused on her writing, some freelance work, running a shop, and helping new authors make sense of the minefield that is self-publishing. In her free time, she enjoys reading, video games, travelling to places so beautiful they make her cry, and snuggling her kittens.
What inspires you to write?
Dreams, mostly. I’ve been a lucid dreamer my entire life, and some of my dreams get so interesting that I just can’t help putting them onto paper.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a Pantser, though I prefer the term “organic”. As soon as I know how a book is going to end, I lose interest in the bits in between. The story has to be as much of an adventure for me as it is for the reader, or it’s just no fun. Of course, that does mean I tend to go through at least half-a-dozen re-writes, but I don’t mind.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Depends on the tense I’m writing in. I vary between first person and third person. When I’m writing in first person, I let the heroine narrate her story directly to me, and just write down what she says. When I’m writing in third person, I close my eyes and imagine the scene as it unfolds, then break it down based off what I can see happening.
What advice would you give other writers?
The best piece of advice I can give any author is to just be yourself. There are a thousand blog posts out there telling you what you should and shouldn’t do if you want to become an author, but in reality the only difference between a published author and an unpublished author is that one of them finished a book. Don’t worry about it too much. Just write because you love writing, and the rest will follow. If you don’t love writing, then pick another profession.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
When I first decided to publish, I did what so many young authors think they have to do: I started hunting for an agent and a traditional publisher. Luckily for me, I soon realised that kind of thinking is outdated and can even be harmful to the modern author. We have many more options today than we had ten years ago, and for some of us – myself included – it is actually more beneficial to follow the independent route. Two years on, I have no regrets. Choosing to self-publish was the best decision I ever made.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I have no idea what the future will hold for publishing, and that’s half of the excitement. The one thing I do know for sure is that books aren’t going anywhere, and as the industry opens up more and more due to the advances of technology, we’re going to see more and more new authors decide to try their hand.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: science fiction, romance, post-apocalyptic
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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