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Today I’m on the ‘Eve 2.0: The Ultimate Gaming Experience’ blogtour, organised by Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours. This tour will run September 16-27, 2019.
About the Author :
Winter lives in the moment and loves nothing more than being surrounded by her family, her fur-babies, and a ton of great reads! When she doesn’t have her nose stuck in a book, she’s usually thinking up far away, fantastical worlds or she’s cooking up a storm in the kitchen! Because of her love for all things literary, Winter pursued a Master of Arts degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. Professionally, she is a manuscript editor, and in her spare time, she enjoys hosting author spotlights, posting book reviews, and teaching workshops. In her private time, she is an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal romances, and one day she hopes to inspire young readers in the same way her favorite authors continue to inspire her today.
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Welcome to the D.O.D.A.I.S…
Just when Gwen thought she could beat any video game hands down, her boyfriend goes and gets her stuck in a top-secret government simulator named Eve 2.0. Being trapped within a couple of her favorite video games doesn’t seem so bad at first, but as time becomes a factor and the A.I. program begins to get smarter, Gwen soon realizes that winning or losing isn’t just about pride anymore; it’s about making it out alive.
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First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell us something about yourself and how you became an author?
Thanks for having me! I’m so excited to participate in your interview, which is something I would have never—in a million years—imagined I’d be doing today. See, a long time ago, I was in an entirely different career field, but as a military wife and a mom, I found it best to work from home, so I pursued a career after my second passion in life—reading! For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had my nose in a book and I’ve always had a knack for having great attention to detail, so I started freelance editing. It turned out to be a fun and fulfilling job and it inspired me to try my hand at writing. It was definitely a lot tougher than I thought it would be, but with a lot of patience, persistence, and encouragement from my family, I continued to write and here I am, very excited and very humbled by the upcoming release of my debut novel “Eve 2.0: The Ultimate Gaming Experience.”
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
Oh, there are too many to name, and oddly enough, the books I loved to read as a child are still some of my all-time favorites! I’m a sucker for all things R. L. Stine, and as an adult, I still watch and adore the movie adaptions of his books! I’ve always been a huge Stephen King and Dean Koontz fan too. I still pick up my copy of “The Tommyknockers” and flip to random pages just for fun, and “The Door to December” was sort of life-changing for me. It was the first time I read a book that just absolutely blew my mind. Even now when I think about it, I smile. I’m also a huge romance fanatic. I read Jackie Collins and Johanna Lindsey way too young, and I’m still madly in love with all things Nora Roberts. I adore her paranormal romances.
Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Stephanie Meyers. The Twilight series is one of my all-time favorites for a multitude of reasons. The most profound is as a mom, because it was one of those book/movie series that my daughter first got excited about, so that mother-daughter bonding experience definitely helped shaped my passion for her books, but what I loved about them as a reader was that there was so much drama and conflict but it was all happily resolved, and I’m a huge fan of happy endings. Stephanie also seems amazingly down to earth and humble despite her huge success, which I admire as a person. If I’m ever half as fortunate, I hope to emulate that and continue to pay it forward for the next generation of writers.
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I’m not sure if I’d invite him for tea at my house (just to be safe!), but I would love to sit and chat with Lestat de Lioncourt, from “Queen of the Damned” and “Interview with the Vampire.” I think it would be phenomenal to have an opportunity to talk to someone who’s fully experienced so much “life” on this planet. It would be like having a tour guide through time! I’m also slightly obsessed with all things vampire, so I’d love to hear all about that too. Of course, like I said, I wouldn’t necessarily want him over at my place for the interview! I’d definitely pick a Starbucks somewhere with lots of people in a nice busy location!
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I walk and run. A lot! There’s just something about being outside with only my thoughts. Most times, while I’m trotting along, I try to envision generalized scenes that will take place throughout the story, and a lot of times, I go back and forth with the dialogue between characters. I also listen to music that my characters would listen to or songs that feel right or appropriate for the situation taking place in the storyline. For “Eve 2.0: The Ultimate Gaming Experience,” I actually created two playlist for both books in the series. The songs are listed in the table of contents and readers can find them on my YouTube channel!
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
LOL, yes! Family and friends beware! For Christmas a couple of years ago, my sister-in-law gave me a pendant that reads, “Keep talking. I am taking notes for my next book.” It’s so true! I draw from all kinds of experiences when I come up with stories, and while most times my books are based on fantastical elements that I’ve read about online, I do draw a lot from real life, especially when it comes to creating personality traits.
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I’m a bit of an OCD queen, so I’m definitely a plotter! When I first started writing, I had a very thick, hardy binder that I kept with lots of research material and elaborate Excel documents. There were page numbers and bookmarks and lots of color-coded tabs. After almost a decade, I’ve toned that down a bit, but not much!
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Oh, gosh! I have tons, but I think the most important tip is that writers should write for the love of writing! I know; that sounds a little cliché, but listen, as a writer I know that most writers (there are, of course, exceptions), but for the average person, we just want to make a decent living writing books that people love. The problem is that it’s immensely difficult to make a living as a writer and there’s no way everyone will love your work (again, I know, it’s a tough reality to face), so writers need to write what they love. They need to write what calls to their hearts, because at the end of the day, when all is said and done, and the chips have fallen where they may, you’ll be proud of yourself for all that hard work!
What are your future plans as an author?
I think that, as with most writers, I don’t write for the sake of being published; I write because I end up with a story stuck in my head that needs to be shared. I also feel that as a human, we all have unique viewpoints and experiences that we need to share with others. There’s so much value in giving someone an opportunity to see the other side of an issue, and it’s equally important—especially to me—to reach out to the children who may be living through something I’ve lived through. I want them to know that they aren’t alone; that someone else has gone through what they’re going through and that all obstacles are surmountable. And while I’m immensely proud and humbled that I’ve found a home for “Eve 2.0: The Ultimate Gaming Experience,” I’ll continue to write because it’s part of who I am. I’m a storyteller, and as long as I can put pen to paper (or fingertips to keyboard!), I’ll continue to write!
Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Winter Lawrence.
The Magic of Wor(l)ds
P.S. Are you an author (or publisher) who also wants a FREE interview like this? You can always contact me via e-mail!