MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR BIRDY RIVERS!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Birdy Rivers and my books are paranormal romance although dabble in contemporary romance, fantasy, and sci fi.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
The idea for the Shattered series started as an idea from a dream I had a few years ago.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
Well I love paranormal/ supernatural along with fantasy and sci- fi. Often these genres mix together. I’ve always been interested in these genres since I was teenager. I was obsessed with Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings growing up. Naturally I started to explore further into the genres through books, movies, and TV shows.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I research all my projects especially when it comes to the paranormal/ supernatural, fantasy, and sci-fi worlds because there is so much information and different ways to approach a story with these genres. I find it important to do research so I know which direction I’d like to take with my story and characters.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The Shattered series follows Emmy and her friends. Emmy finds out she is a witch on her seventeenth birthday and from there she learns about who she really is. Emmy finds out in book one that she is prophesied to lead a group against the Enchantress who is trying to kill the magical world and enslave the human world. The series follow Emmy and her team as they fight the Enchantress, and along the way there are many twists and turns, and surprises that keep them on their toes.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I really enjoyed writing them all and each one I enjoyed for a different reason. I liked writing book one because I liked developing Emmy who is the main character. She mirrors me a lot and I poured my heart and soul into her.
I enjoyed writing the second one because I introduce one of my favorite characters( sorry no spoilers you guys will have to wait to see who I’m talking about). The third book I enjoyed exploring mythology and loved throwing in some plot twists. I loved writing each book in this series.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
Any inspiration for any story I write I tend to pull from my own experiences. I also use dreams as a good source too. In the case with the Shattered series my inspiration came from a dream that I added my own experiences in and then combined it with my love of the paranormal/ supernatural world.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Honestly I wasn’t sure if I would turn it into one or not. It wasn’t till I finished the first book that I realized it was going to be a series.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Writing normally take places in my office with music on. Sometimes I’ll venture out to a coffee shop. I try to do a little writing every day but sadly it doesn’t always happen that way. As far as setting a goal, well that all depends on a variety of things. Most of the time I just let the words flow and when I get to a stopping point that’s when I stop. I set goals when necessary like when I have a deadline.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I have a few projects going on at the moment. Shattered the Rising which is book two the Shattered series is definitely on its way. I have a contemporary romance that will hopefully be out by the end of the year called Second Heartbeat. Those two projects are in the editing phase. Then I have sci-fi/ supernatural series I’ve started and is in the development process. I’m still working on a title for it.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
When I name a character I make sure the name fits the character as I see them. For me personally they don’t necessarily have to have meaning
behind them, sometimes they do but it’s not a main component when naming a character. I try to stay clear of names of friends and family unless I’m honoring them.
Where do your ideas come from?
Dreams, life experiences, nature, mythology, and other random places. My mind is always bouncing around with ideas some turn into stories others don’t. I look for ideas everywhere because you never know where you next idea could come from.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I’d love to try a space adventure or a dystopian. In fact I have dystopian in development but I keep hitting bumps in the road. What is the hardest part of writing for you? It honestly all depends on the project. Most of the time it’s development and making sure I have no plot holes or inconsistencies.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I like them. I’ve seen some awesome ones. I don’t have one currently. I’d like to try and create one, it’s definitely on my list of things to try.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Making my dream come true and becoming a published author.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
For my it’s living my dream. I love writing and I love being able to share my stories with others.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I’d like to be a successful author and have a family.
Have you always liked to write?
Yes. Writing has been a therapeutic tool for me for many years. I started writing in my early teens and over the years I’ve been able to develop my talent.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Never stop writing. Even when you’re frustrated and want to give up, don’t. Writing is an art and it can take time to create something wonderful. Being an author isn’t always easy, but I’ve found it to be very rewarding.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Yes I read reviews of my book and do respond most of the time. I look at this way with bad reviews you can’t please everyone. I know that my style of writing or story isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea. You have to take the bad reviews with a grain of salt and move on.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Editing. I can’t stand to sit there and edit. I know it needs to be done but it’s definitely my least favorite part. Thankfully I have an amazing editor and publisher who help me out.
What are you working on now?
I have a few things in the editing process. I’ve currently started a sci-fi/ supernatural series that has a superhero vibe to it that I’m enjoying.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I write my genre because it interests me. My main genres tend to overlap each other which works very well for me. I’ve always found the paranormal/ supernatural, fantasy and sci-fi genres to be fascinating. I also enjoy romance and fairytales. I was totally into princesses as a little girl so I think that’s carried over into the romance world.
Where did your love of books come from?
I used to hate books and reading till my awesome 5th grade teacher introduced me to Harry Potter and from there the rest is history.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I have way too many to list. I’ll name a few. I love Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and I enjoy Nicholas Sparks. I also enjoy Terry Goodkind, Nicole Snow, and Eva Polar.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It can go either way. Most of the time I find energizing, but if I’ve been writing for hours on and without a break I can get tired.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I try be original but I also try to keep in mind what readers will like as well. It’s a balance and I do my best to find it.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Oh man that’s hard. I always joke and say it would be Why My Life. In reality I don’t know what I’d pick. I’ve had a lot tragedy through out my life but I’ve become a very strong person because of it. I’ve also had some amazing and great experiences as well so it’s hard to say what pick.
Where can your fans find you and follow?
I have a facebook page for the Shattered Series an author page https://www.facebook.com/The-Shattered-Series-192427804529778/?ref=bookmarks https://www.facebook.com/Birdy-Rivers-344789345858657/?ref=bookmarks
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤