And it’s a guest! Again from Strange Portals, another fellow author! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Tricia Drammeh!
I live in New Hampshire with my husband, four kids, and two cats. I wish I could say I write from trendy coffee shops or from an office overlooking a beachside paradise, but the truth is I write from my living room amidst the noise and chaos.
Why do you write?
I can’t imagine not writing. Creating entire worlds and people to inhabit them is an incredible thing.
When did you start writing?
I wrote poetry in high school, but didn’t try to write a novel until I was in my late thirties. I guess I’m a late bloomer.
I write a little bit of everything. My Spellbringers series is young adult fantasy. Better than Perfect is romance. The Séance is young adult paranormal/horror. And then The Fifth Circle is contemporary fiction.
What does your writing routine consist of?
Unfortunately, I don’t have much of a routine right now. My daytime work hours have changed, and then changed again. I’m trying to settle into a routine that doesn’t involve staying up too late and missing out on sleep.
Creating realistic dialogue is probably my greatest strength. I think this quality has developed over years of listening in on conversations, even those between strangers.
Where do you find your inspiration? Do you put yourself in your stories?
I find inspiration everywhere. Sometimes it’s a strange dream. Other times it’s scenery, or nature, or an overheard conversation. I don’t intentionally put myself in my stories, but I’ve featured a character who suffers from extreme shyness. I think that particular element of the character’s personality is definitely based on me.
Outliner or improviser? Fast or slow writer?
I’m an improviser. For me, outlining the book ahead of time takes away the joy of writing. My first three books were written very quickly. Now it takes me much longer to write a novel – sometimes a year or longer.
My latest release is Unbound: Book Three in the Spellbringers series. It’s a fantasy series for young adults that features a multicultural cast of characters. There’s magic, action, and romance. Right now, it’s only available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Unbound-Spellbringers-Book-Tricia-Drammeh-ebook/dp/B00NRWJMHU/
Indie publishing or traditional publishing – and why?
With my first book, I queried widely and finally signed with a small publisher. Now, all my books are self-published. I love self-publishing. I’m able to have complete control over the process and I can set my own deadlines. It’s very empowering.
I’m currently working on The Coven, which is the sequel to The Séance. It’s a paranormal/horror novel for the young adult audience.
What is your goal as a writer and what are you doing to achieve it?
My goal is to write entertaining books readers enjoy. Eventually, I’d like to sell enough books to quit my day job, but until then, I’m focusing on writing the best books I can.
What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?
Read. Writers should make the time to read every single day. Books in their genre. Classics. Self-published and traditionally published. Just read.
Thanks for having me on your blog, Barbara. I truly appreciate it.
Website & Blog: http://www.triciadrammeh.com/