MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR CARRIE PACK
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Carrie Pack and I write in multiple genres of LGBTQ lit.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
The Lights is my most recent release and it was inspired by my town’s Nights of Lights festival. There are no murder kids, though. I also really dislike the look of LED Christmas lights so it was also inspired by that.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I’m working on something new after the start of the New Year that will be a contemporary YA novel.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Yes, I have an idea for a historical romance that I’m dying to dig into.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Actually sitting down to write!
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I love them, but I don’t think I’m skilled enough to create my own and I’m too broke at the moment to hire someone. One day, though, I would love to do a trailer.
Have you always liked to write?
I have always loved writing, but I wasn’t always sure I could write creatively. Thankfully, I didn’t listen to my younger self and give it up.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I try not to, but I never respond and if I see a bad review, I go read 1-star reviews of my favorite books to remind me that not everyone will love every book.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Waiting. Whether it’s waiting to see your cover, or to get your edits back or to get a contract, I hate it. I am so impatient.
Where did your love of books come from?
My mom and my grandma. They both loved to read and so I saw it emulated for me at an early age.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It depends on what I’m writing, but when the words are flowing, I feel energized. When I’m laboring over every word, I end up exhausted.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I definitely try to be original. The tough part about not writing to a trope or what an audience wants is that it can sometimes be hard to sell your ideas to readers. But when people give my books a chance, they usually love them!
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I’m friends with a wonderful YA author named F.T. Lukens and she keeps me honest and we encourage each other to write. She’s more talented than I am, but I write faster. She’d argue that we’re both talented but agree that I do write faster.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
I’m on twitter @carriepack and Instagram @cpackc