Guest Author Interview with Cloud S. Riser!

Thank you so much to author, Cloud S. Riser, for taking the time to answer some questions for us. We appreciate it, and we know that your readers will as well! 1. What inspired you to write this book? Answer: I had a weird dream that seemed to put all of the pieces together for me. 2. Can you tell me about the book? Answer: Enter the world of the dragon saga, a YA fantasy/romance about shifter dragons. Their world is similar to our own: diverse nations and modern luxuries. The dragons walk the earth as both man and beast, seeking out a way to maintain balance between their ways and those of the ordinary humans. With a longer life span, many of the dragons grip to old traditions that don't always work for humans. As tensions rise between the different dragon nations over their different philosophies, it may be the humans who suffer the most in the end. Four young dragons, each from a different nation, must decide if they will band together to fight a greater evil responsible for instigating all of this chaos, or watch their nations burn. 3. What is your writing process like? Answer: I’ve been setting a lot of timers lately. I sit down to write, set a timer, and write, and then when I take a break I set another timer. Otherwise it’s been too easy for me to get off task. 4. Was the character inspired by a real person? If so, who? Answer: No, I avoid using real people for inspiration as much as possible. 5. What do you think happened to the characters after the book ended? Answer: The beginning of book two! 6. Does writing energize or exhaust you? Answer: Usually a mix of the two. It depends mostly on the project, but I feel emotionally more grounded after writing even though my brain is tired. 7. What are common traps for aspiring writers? Answer: Over thinking everything about the publishing process. 8. What is your writing Kryptonite? Answer: Anything that puts me out of the zone. It can be family, friends, Facebook, email, a book, a game, anything! 9. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want? Answer: I follow the path that the story demands I take: for better or worse. 10. Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book? Answer: I haven’t decided. I keep going back and forth on what I want to do with this one. I have ways I can connect them all together if I want to. 11. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? Answer: A lot more than I’d like. 12. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? Answer: I don’t spend much time on research beforehand. I’ll do it as needed. 13. How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one? Answer: I’ve always been a full time writer. 14. How many hours a day do you write? Answer: Sometimes 1. Sometimes 10. I don’t have a set average. 15. What period of your life do you find you write about most often? (child, teenager, young adult) Answer: Young Adult 16. What did you edit out of this book? Answer: A lot of extra words and passive language. 17. How do you select the names of your characters? Answer: They usually introduce themselves to me during the plotting process. 18. If you didn’t write, what would you do for work? Answer: I’m not sure. I can’t even imagine a what if without writing. 19. How long on average does it take you to write a book? Answer: Lately, it’s been a couple of months. Earlier, I could do it faster. When I first started, it took much longer. 20. Do you believe in writer’s block? Answer: Oh yes. 21. What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand? Answer: Computer, usually. 22. When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer? Answer: The teenage years. 23. How hard was it to sit down and actually start writing something? Answer: Very. Starting is always the hardest part. 24. Do you aim to complete a set number of pages or words each day? Answer: Sometimes. Sometimes I’m just happy I write anything. 25. Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you? Answer: It’s kind of a mix of the two. I need to know where I’m going, but I don’t always know how I’m getting there. 26. Do you read much and, if so, who are your favorite authors? Answer: I read A LOT, and I have too many authors I love to even begin naming them. 27. What is the most important thing about a book, in your opinion? Answer: Good world building that absorbs me while I’m reading. 28. Do you recall the first ever book/novel you read? Answer: No 29. How much of yourself do you put into your books? Answer: I’m not sure, actually. It’s not something I am aware of when it happens. 30. Who are your books mostly dedicated to? Answer: Family and friends. 31. Who is the most supportive of your writing in your family? Answer: My mom and my husband. 32. Writers are often believed to have a Muse, your thoughts on that? Answer: I definitely have a muse. He even has a name. I call him Bob. 33. Is it true that authors write word-perfect first drafts? Answer: I don’t know. 34. Did any of your books get rejected by publishers? Answer: All the time! 35. What is your view on co-authoring books; have you done any? Answer: I haven’t done any, but it looks fun! 36. Is writing book series more challenging? Answer: It’s probably the same amount of challenging as writing a solo book. They’re just different challenges. 37. Does it get frustrating if you are unable to recall an idea you had in your mind some time earlier? Answer: Very! 38. Have you ever destroyed any of your drafts? Answer: No.

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