Interview with Soraya

Interview with Soraya

 Interview with Soraya

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?

I grew up in Glasgow and spent my formative years there, in fact I used various Glasgow and Ayrshire locations in my first novel The Wooden Rose. There are fascinating antique and charity shops in Glasgow and the wooden rose is a small token carved by Gypsy lad Eddie and given to his sweetheart in the 1800’s. Much later in present times the wooden rose is found in a charity shop and so the adventure begins as the heroine begins to sense the vibrations using her psychic gifts.

What motivated you to become an indie author?
When you are working for a publisher your income is only possible if your books are published. As a niche writer for my publisher I found that the subject I was hired to write about (How to books) was often at the end of a queue of more lucrative books. I realised that ‘Time to Market’ was faster as an Indie Author and if I was to achieve my goal of having a novel published then the way forward was the Indie route.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing for me is compulsive but the greatest joy is a fabulous review on a completed book and with each great review I am motivated to write more. I am currently working on a prequel to the Wooden Rose and have two others novels ready and waiting to be born.
What do your fans mean to you?
Without fans I would lose my motivation and be very sad
What are you working on next?
I am working on the prequel to The Wooden Rose which is called Before the Rose and I am excited by the task
Who are your favorite authors?
I have a few different authors that I follow; The late Robert B Parker has got to be top of my list. I am a great fan of his character Jessie Stone played by Tom Selleck in the TV adaptations. I loved the character so much that I looked for his books and have read (several times) all of the Jessie Stone series and have started on his Spenser series.
Michael Connolly is another favourite and yes, I have read all of his books too. A recent find is Karin Slaughter whose principle character is Will Trent a dyslexic detective. I learned so much about being dyslexic (which I am) reading about the coping mechanisms that Will Trent uses in his working life. Apart from that I love the story lines and Karin Slaughters style of writing.
Lee child is another favourite but although I have not seen the film about the character Jack Reacher, I am a bit disappointed in the choice of actor who plays him. I like Tom Cruise but would have chosen someone else
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The Book that’s currently on the PC and the fact that I have to do horoscopes for the magazine that I write for before I can get to my book
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking about writing, walking my rescue greyhound Sasha and looking after my hubby Martin
How do you discover the EBooks you read?
I must admit that I love the touch and smell a book, preferably a paperback but I download the EBook of whatever book I am reading so that I can read in bed or wherever I am.
What is your writing process?
Usually I know exactly where a story is going from start to finish and if I reach a point where I am not sure of what comes next I sleep on it and in the morning pick up from where I left off

What are your five favorite books, and why?

The Secret Garden – I remember it from my childhood and it gave me the hope that miracles can happen

Night Passage by Robert B Parker – the first in the Jessie Stone series, I love it because it leads into all the great stories in the series and gives me so much to look forward to again and again.

Book of Spells because it was the first book I had published in 2002 and it is still selling very well

The Wooden Rose Because it is the first novel I have had published and it is receiving great reviews.

Before the Rose because it is the book I am currently writing.

About Soraya International Psychic Consultant, and Author

Soraya, International Psychic Consultant, Numerologist, Astrologer, White Witch and Bestselling Author of The Mystery of the Wooden Rose Series of romantic paranormal mystery novels, Before the Rose, The Wooden Rose and After the Rose.
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