P.S. Winn Interview
Tell us a little about yourself and your work.
I began all of this craziness back in October of 2012. All I wanted to do was to get these crazy dreams and nightmares out of my head. The best way to do that was to put the words on paper. I sleep a little better now that I have finished 26 books and am working on 27. My goal is to finish 30 before my third year is done.
Where do you like to write?
Actually I write anywhere and everywhere. I write all the books longhand before I begin the torturous job, for me, of typing them up to get ready to publish.
Is there anything you must have in order to write? For example, silence, whiskey, and a close shave.
Just my vivid imagination. No quiet, I always have a radio playing and people talking to me while I write. A cup of coffee helps a lot though.
What books have influenced you most, both as a person and as an author?
Everything influences me, from classic writers like Dickens and Steinbeck to King and Koontz. I have been known to read the dictionary and encyclopedias when bored. I love new authors and have found some amazing new indie writers, I also review, since October 2013 I have done 1027 and working on more.
What is the one thing that has helped you develop most as an author?
I think it is the feedback on what I have already written. I have only received two reviews under a four. So I think people like that I have a wide variety of subjects. I have kids’ books along with the supernatural horror novels.
What do you want to achieve most from your writing?
I want to take readers on a journey, I want them to see what I imagine when I write the stories. It is really the reader that does all the work. I don’t think any two people can read a book and come away with the same pictures in their heads. Readers complete the book I begin and mine have been so good to me, it amazes me every day.
Is there something specific you do to improve your writing?
I just write what I feel. Actually, you should probably talk to my characters, they usually take over for me and finish the story.
What is the ideal relationship between editor and author?
Ideally, I would have an editor. I don’t so I am unsure if they should have a relationship or what it is. The one time I had someone edit my book I got the proof in the mail and found so many mistakes it was awful.
If you had a direct line to someone who loves your writing, what would you say?
Oh my gosh, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Some of my reviews have been so amazing. When someone tells you reading a book made them happy or helped them through a bad time in their life, you want to cry. A lot of the reviewers can explain my books better than I can and I am forever in their debt.
If you had a direct line to someone who hates your writing, what would you say?
I would ask them to try a different book and see if they still feel the same way. I have favourite authors I read who always have at least one book that didn’t appeal to me. If they still hate it, then I would be sad but I write what I feel and see in my mind and that is all I can do.
If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?
Write what you love. Don’t give up if this is what you want to do. It is not about making money, it is about that one person whose life you touched, nothing matters more than that.
What does your writing future hold for you?
I’ll have to get back to you on that after book # 30! I think by then I might need a break. The stories will be there, but my family may disinherit me, lol!
How have you set about the task of creating enticing cover art?
The only cover I did that for is “Lies in Shadows” and that is a picture I took. I do draw and used to actually do that for a living, but haven’t tried to do a cover yet.
How often do you read? What genre?
Oh my gosh, that’s all I do. Like I said I have done over 1027 reviews in under 2 years. I put all the books I read on Goodreads and know I am well over 3000 on there. I am avid about reading, writing and life in general.
Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. Best of luck in the future, Pamela.
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