About Valerie Lioudis:
While she mostly focuses on Horror, Valerie Lioudis is a multi-genre author who has been known to dabble in post apocalyptic, science fiction, and even metaphysical stories. The common thread with Valerie's work is her constant sarcasm, and love for bringing the unexpected to her readers. She loves the art of writing a short story, and has merged that with giving back to those in need. Many of the anthologies she is involved with donate their proceeds to groups near and dear to her. Two of the causes she is proud to say she has helped raise money for through writing are Veterans and Breast Cancer charities. She is an active member of the Reanimated Writers Facebook group, and can found there to answer any questions you may have about any of her work. Come join the horde, we would love to have you.
What inspires you to write?
Writing becomes a drive inside you. It is like a voice that starts off as a whisper, then a nagging in your thoughts, and finally if ignored long enough, it becomes a screaming need to get words on paper. I write to keep that voice calm.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a pantser through and through. I have tried at times to be better with plotting and planning, but it really isn't who I am. I wish I could share more about my process, but in the end writing for me is finding time to sit down at the keyboard and put the ideas that have been swirling around in my head on paper.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I am a people watcher. I have spent a lifetime collecting data on how people react to the world around them based on their personality traits. It is a way for me to deal with the chaos that is the rest of the world. My characters are developed in my my mind, and then once thrown into a world, I try to make sure that they react in a way that makes sense to their personality type. When writing dialogue, I imagine them speaking and if it doesn't sound right, I will hammer at it until it does. They need to sound real for the reader to immerse themselves in the world. If I don't believe the character would act that way, how would my reader?
What advice would you give other writers?
Find a tribe. Writing is hard. Marketing is even harder. You are going to experience extreme highs and the lowest lows. Not everyone is cut out for that. Having a tribe, or a group of supportive authors, to celebrate your success and pick you up when you fail will make all the difference.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self published because I am a control freak. I like to succeed based on MY hard work, and fail due to MY shortcomings.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I see a future in publishing where storytellers from all backgrounds will be able to get their unique stories out to the masses, and with a bit of hard work can achieve success in the market.
What do you use?: Co-writer, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Horror, Science Fiction, Metaphysical
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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