I am so excited about this “interview” that I did. I got to talk to Lindsey Pouge and ask her what I personally have wanted to ask. I first discovered her books when she wrote After the Ending, which is one of my all time favorite dystopian novels. Sadly, I haven’t read the rest of the series, however now that they are all published, I will be binge-reading.
One thing I love about her is that she is honest and her writing is fresh and relatable. I know you all will love to read her books too!
You can visit her website HERE and get more information on her books.
Beast, my big, cuddly rescue cat is my mascot. He would like to be more involved than I let him, but mostly he’s just in the way.
Ha, research never stops. You think you’ve outlined everything and you’ve got it all written down, but there’s always something else to look up or read about. I do research on anything I don’t know about. It could be how to dress a small wound to rebuilding an engine or what the clothing looked like during a particular time period.
Keeping my eyes on two things at once—sounding and thinking like men but making them different from each other, too. Writing male characters is definitely more difficult, but it helps if I can picture a specific person that I know or is in a show so I can imagine their mannerisms, etc. For example, in my Saratoga Falls Love Stories, Reilly’s character is Stephen Amell in my mind, from Arrow—thoughtful, observant, and confident, and Nick’s character is based off of a goofball friend of mine, that’s why he came so easy to me. In general, when I get stuck, I can ask my husband, “How would you say this?” or “Does this seem realistic?”
When I initially release a book, I think it’s near impossible not to check your reviews. You want to know how it’s being received. After you get a handful of reviews though, it’s easier to not obsessively check them. By then you get the gist of how readers are responding. As for negative reviews, let’s be honest, they suck big time. BUT, it’s been a few years now and many books later, and I know not everyone will like my storytelling, it’s a fact. It’s all part of the journey, bumpy it may be.
Hahaha. I’m not sure this happens often, but most recently I forced myself to take break after Mac’s story was released. Over the holidays, I binge watched 3 season of The 100 in like 2 or 3 days. That was pretty damn awesome and I don’t think I got out of my pajamas.
So, a little-known fact is that I was a cowgirl growing up—horses, competitions, the whole shebang. When I was in high school, my dad moved to Hawaii and sold away that part of my life, so I guess it’s just nostalgic now. My goal has always been to get a horse again. Not to compete or anything, but to ride with the wind. It’s truly magical. One day…
Well, let’s see… I’m a part time writer in that I work 3 days a week at a nonprofit, raising money. I have two days a week designated to writing, marketing, being an author. I’d like to say it takes about 3 months to write a book, but it’s hard to say. It’s taking a while to find my stride with the dystopian western I’m working on right now, so we’ll see how long this go-around. After the initial draft is finished there’s months of revisions and edits. It’d say no less than 7 months for me to write a book, brainstorming to published product.
I would have to say in Whatever It Takes, when Sam is thinking and wanting to cut herself was difficult. I wanted it to be realistic but not off-putting. I struggled not with writing it per se, but how I should write it, keeping readers in mind.
Surprisingly, first names and book or series titles are easy for me. It’s the last names of main characters that are difficult for me. I want them to flow and sound perfect, and sometimes it’s really hard to find that. I usually just scour name lists, looking for the “perfect” one. What really sucks is having the perfect name and then finding out you should change it because it’s the name of someone people might have a specific association with—and actor you’ve never heard of or person from the news. That happened with Colton’s last name. I had to change it at the last minute.
Yes and yes. Dust and Shadow is a dystopian western I’m currently working on in my new Forgotten Lands series. That will be released late this summer, I hope. I plan on writing Nick’s story in the Saratoga Falls Love Stories, and I also have a half written historical/adventure/romance that I’d like to get out next year, Wrecked. It’s sort of Jane Austen meets Swiss Family Robinson. There’s lots of research needed for that one, so we’ll see.
It’s interesting you should ask because I was thinking about this when I was writing my author’s note in Mac’s story. I have so many stories I want to write (obviously, given my list above), but the Saratoga Falls crew is very much part of me. Sam’s story embodies some of the darker and more inspirational parts of my childhood—the ranch, the horses, the loss. Mac’s story is very much this current chapter of my life—my husband, how we met, the mechanic shop. To be clear, I am not Sam, nor am I Mac, but they have the most real parts of me in them, and I think that’s why I needed to write their stories after we finished The Ending Series. They were the first stories I wrote on my own, so it was very therapeutic and explorative, I think.
As an indie author, you don’t get advances. I can tell you that with my first big chunk of royalties, I paid off my wedding expenses and trip to New Zealand and it felt magical.
What was the first book/series you ever read?
Not for educational purposes—The Twilight Series. Though, Pride and Prejudice in high school is what got me into reading, at least more than I’d been before.
Well, before I was an author, Lindsey Fairleigh and I were at a book conference where we met Tahereh Mafi. It was before Shatter Me got huge, and she was really sweet and down to earth. Got a photo with her and everything. Total geek-out moment for me.
Other than LOTR’s Middle Earth (it would be beautiful but fraught with danger), the first world that came to mind was the Blackdagger Brotherhood. Those vampires are hot, rich, and pretty unstoppable. And I’d want Blay and Quinn to be my besties.
Tracey Ward (she writes a little bit of everything), Julianne Donaldson (proper romance), and Michelle Moran (historical fiction) come to mind first.
Dystopian and Historical Fiction with a splash of romance.
Ebooks that cost the same as the paperback.
Gah, the movies always seem so rushed, it’s really annoying. I think I’ll have to say the LOTR and Hobbit series. They’re really long, but that’s why there’s so good—world and character development are key. Not to mention the cinematography and special effects are amazing. I feel like there was a movie I saw recently that I thought was better than the book, but I can’t remember what it was. Side note: I have a horrible memory.
Yes, there are very few books that I’ve wanted to re-read, but I love Michelle Moran and have reread most of her books, The Heretic Queen and Cleopatra’s Daughter specifically. She’s a historical fiction author who writes stories set in cultures all over the world—Egypt, India, France, etc. And there’s a heroine in the heart of them all, as well as a romantic thread, which I love. Sometimes subtle, but always perfect.
I think Tracey Ward’s follow-up novel to The Seventh Hour comes out later this year. I loved the first book so I’m stoked that she decided to turn it into a series. I’m honestly not abreast of many upcoming novels, as I barely have time to read what’s currently in my kindle and on my bookshelves (yes, I have MANY).
A short little, beautiful novel by Beth Hoffman, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. It’s precious and a lovely story. One of the few that I fell in love with that doesn’t have a romance thread running through it. It’s a nice palette cleanser when your usual genre gets a little stale.
I LOVE physical books, though I have a ton and have been trying to read more ebooks the past couple years. If space wasn’t an option, I’d choose physical books, 100%.
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/New Adult – J Bennett’s Girl With Broken Wings series.
Historical Fiction – Michelle Moran, I’d start with Nefertitiand go on from there.
Dystopian – Tarah Benner’s Fringe series and Tracey Ward’s The Seventh Hour
New Adult/Romance – Colleen Hoover’s It Ends With Us