Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Spotlight is on Princess Racena McConnell, Author

Welcome Princess, thank you for your interview today. 

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
A long time ago, but after I went back to college about 2 years ago, and discovered that I could write essays really well; I decided that it was time to write creatively. I wanted to become the story teller that I had wanted to be for many years.

How long does it take you to write a book?

The least amount of time it has taken me thus far was about nine months. I’m only on my second book (almost completed) and this one has taken me a little longer. I’m going in sixteen months! But as stated it is almost finished, and it’s longer in length than the first book, about 500 pages in print. I am not a “hurry up and spit them books out kind of author”. Not that there is anything wrong with authors who write that way. I say if you can plot out, and write an entire 350 page book in two months and it reader worthy then you are a “gitter-done” kind of writer and my hats off to ya!  
What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
It’s not too organized to be honest. I write when I can, and for as long as time allows. I’m not a full time writer, so that makes a big difference.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
All of my story ideas come to me in the shower, so I’m always talking to my characters in my shower! Odd I know, but for some reason the best ideas come to me there!
How do your books get published?
I self publish as of right now through Create Space.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
From life! Sometimes when I’m watching a news story, or reading a news article; I will think to myself— “Wow, this would make a good book!”
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
2013 and I was forty-eight!

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I love spending time with my family, making wire jewelry, swimming, and watching all kinds of scary stuff on TV!

What does your family think of your writing?
They think it’s pretty cool, but I think they would like to see me write more books, and write faster! My grandchildren are begging for a kid’s book, so that is definitely on the horizon.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
How much it relaxes me to write. It really is like entering a fairytale land for me.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
As I stated earlier, I’m still new to the indie world, so I’m only on my second book which is pretty much fully written. I do however have five other WIPs which all have at least the first three to five chapters written, and are pretty much plotted out. Even though “Promises In The Dark” was my first book and I love it dearly…my favorite as of now is “Emilyne’s Game”.  It’s so dark and twisted, it’s just fun to write in that one!
Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
I think writing is just “in the blood”. Not saying this directly to you at all, but it requires talent just like any other art. I will say to you that I feel that we all become better at our work the more we do it, so just keep at it. Keep honing your craft.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I do hear from the few that I have accumulated thus far! My readers are wonderful! Very supportive and encouraging to me at all times. They like to keep me in check also! I have encountered a few insistent readers who have messaged me to “hurry the hell up” and finish the second book in my series! Some people really don’t understand how difficult writing can be at times. The story has to make sense, it has to flow, there has to be a good plot, and the list goes on. All of these elements plus many, many more are what makes a great book!
Do you like to create books for adults?
I create books for all ages. My current WIPs are written in several different genres. My mind is too creative, or possibly too attention deficit to stay in just one genre.
What do you think makes a good story?
Well, I love studying the human mind, and human behavior. So to me real life makes for good stories. I like to delve into the dark side of human nature and explore why it exists. People are very complex. We hurt, we love, we live, we die, and so on, and so on. I really think that stories about the trials and tribulations that people have lived through make good stories. Then again I love a good horrific tale of macabre!
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
To be honest, I wanted to be a singer! I actually did sing with a band sometimes on weekends as a teenager in local clubs in my hometown! My husband still loves to hear me sing!

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