MY INTERVIEW WITH LIANNE WILLOWMOON!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My book, Soul Antiquary, is a paranormal thriller.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
The book is about a photographer who moves from Miami to baton Rouge to start a new chapter of his life. He buys an old Victorian home on Castor Creek that turns out to be haunted with a much deeper-rooted mystery. Enter the ghost of Julia, the paranormal investigator Catia, and the unknown serial killer… well, from there it is a roller coaster of a mystery!
I came up with this book from a dream I had. It was a bit chaotic, but after deciphering it and putting it on paper, I wrote details like a mad woman from there. And ta-da! Soul Antiquary was born.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I have always loved the paranormal. I am a paranormal investigator at heart. I love learning about ghosts and research. So, when this idea hit me, it was only too easy to start throwing details to it.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Being a paranormal investigator, I looked up ghost hauntings. Being wiccan I looked through books on the occult to get the witch aspects. Then watched some crime shows for the evidence and police investigations parts.
Can you tell me about your Series?
Well, honestly it wasn’t supposed to be a series. It was supposed to be a standalone. HOWEVER, when you fans ask, you oblige. I have been approached by several people that had already finished book one asking for a part two. So, Soul Antiquary II: The Gargoyle’s Curse is currently being written.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Since this is the only one currently, no. I am leaning a lot toward liking the second one better as I write it though!
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
Dreams. 90% of my books came from dreams. I feel that the gods are panting ideas in my head through those dreams/nightmares, so why not use them?
Was it always meant to become a series?
No. It was supposed to be a standalone. It isn’t now though.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I am a married, stay at home mom of two kids: a 1-year-old son and a 7-year-old daughter whom I home school. I also own and operate a handmade gothic and steampunk jewelry business named Gothic Nightmare. So my day is filled with making and creating for GN, teaching, caring for my babies and doing housework as well as writing. I seem to find my days a bit too busy to write most of the time. So, I set aside 2 hours nightly to get in writing time. It is peaceful after the family goes to sleep. I get more accomplished that way. I have a corner in my Livingroom set up with my tablet and desktop for writing.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I have several anthologies coming up. Two of the biggest are 42 and Beyond: Space Opera Anthology and Remnants of the Everleigh: Murder on the High Seas. I have the first two books of my fantasy series, Wintercrest Chronicles (Turning of the Hourglass and Shattered Souls) coming out in November. And of course I am working on Soul Antiquary II.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Not really special names. As I am writing it, the characters kind of “gift” me their names. I don’t plan them ahead of time.
Where do your ideas come from?
As I said before, 90% of them come from dreams/nightmares. I have a dream journal I keep that allows me to draw ideas from when I need them.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I have been experimenting with several actually. In the up coming 2 years I have several genres that are out of my comfort zone. The Space Opera was one of them.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Finding time to sit and not have a million other things to accomplish!
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I make them for Hydra Productions, the company I publish with. I think they are very useful and yes… I have one for myself for Soul Antiquary.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
The fact that I am now a 3 times published author when I was told that I would never make it as a writer. I was told to give up on that dream because I had no imagination and couldn’t sit still long enough! Showed them, didn’t I? 😉
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Getting to visit other worlds in your mind. Taking vacations to places through research and being able to learn about things as you write.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Still writing. Best seller perhaps?
Have you always liked to write?
Yes. Ever since I was 13 I have dreamed of being right here where I am. I love it!!
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
DON’T GIVE UP! No matter what people say or tell you about your books. Don’t pay attention to reviews. There will ALWAYS be people that hate them. On the other side of the coin, there will always be people who love them as well. Just don’t give up and keep writing.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I am making jewelry. That is my other dream job. So I have the best of both worlds. I am preparing right now for a convention that has an estimated 10k+ people attendance. It will be exciting!
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I used to! Then I stopped and considered the fact the one really bad one never mentioned anything out of my book. Which tells me they didn’t actually read it. I stopped after that. The trolls taught me that it isn’t important.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
EDITS. I hate going back and editing a project before it goes to the publisher. I spend on average 2 weeks going back through with editing and detailing before it ever hits the publisher’s hands.
What are you working on now?
Remnants of the Everleigh and Soul Antiquary II.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Sure. This is from Soul Antiquary II.
“Gargoyles. My God, how I despise gargoyles.”
Catia peered over at Davin and chuckled. “Seriously? Of all the things for a grown man to be afraid of, you are afraid of gargoyles?”
“This coming from the one that is afraid of lightning.” He smiled toward her. “ Besides, I never said I was afraid of them. I said I despised them. There is a huge difference.” Davin glance down at her and chuckled, his eyes returning to the life-like demons across the upper wall of the cathedral. “They are just creepy little things. Don’t you think so?”
“First of all, Davin Cooper, lightning can kill you. It is a legitimate fear. Gargoyles aren’t. And they aren’t creepy. They are guardians of the spirits of the cathedral. They were rumored to drive evil away. Personally, I think they are beautiful!”
He stopped and peered down, raising an eyebrow. “Why did I have to end up marrying the one woman on the planet that finds these things beautiful?”
She shrugged. “So, divorce me… if you dare.”
He shot his attention back up and shivered. “As long as you don’t plan on putting this creepy damn things all over the house, I will keep you.”
She laughed and nodded. “Well noted. Let’s go, scaredy cat.”
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I write paranormal, horror and fantasy. To be honest, I don’t know how I balance them. I write till I think it is done. My books kind of place themselves in multiple categories. It isn’t my doing most of the time!
Where did your love of books come from?
My mother. She was always reading. She has books all over her house and loves it. To this day, you walk into her house and she has one in every room. So, if I had to pick a memory of how that started, it would be with her.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I love Edgar Allan Poe. He is my all time favorite. I also enjoy Stephen King, Robert Jordan and Margret Weis.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?
Rayven. She is my main character from Wintercrest Chronicles. The trials she goes through over the course of one year (and 6 books), is amazing. She transforms from a 16-year-old girl to a 17-year-old woman in the course of that year. I feel some of her trials were based on mine growing up.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both! It energizes me because I get excited for my characters and the plot. But at the same time, writing exhausts my mind making it hard to concentrate. That is why I don’t usually write for more than 2 hours at a time.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
I don’t think I really have one.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Yes, I do. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn’t. However, I try my best to deliver a book that is likeable and enjoyable. And if it is horror or paranormal, one that won’t make sleep well at night, of course!
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Chandra Trulove Fry, Phillip Shadowdragon, Maggie Lowe, Iris Sweetwater, Patrick Niel… They are amazing authors, and each have their own style and genre. Each one has taught me a different lesson about writing perspectives and styles. It has allowed me to use that to create my own style… be original!
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
The Trials of a Girl Trying to Survive. That is how I feel life is. It is a battle to try to survive it until the end. So far, though, I can say I have that life is worth it. 😉
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
I don’t really have a specific one. However, one that I have never been asked is this: How has writing changed your life? It has given me a place to write down my frustrations, my fears, my successes and my losses… it has given me a safe house for my feelings, keeping me from imploding. Fighting depression, it is a way for me to take my mind off it and put myself in another world. It has helped me fight in naturally without help from doctors and medication which for me is a great success. It had really changed my life and given me a purpose.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
I am on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, BookBub, Amazon, and Instagram! Come stalk me, I like it! HAHA!
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️