– Skhye Moncrief
– Brand: Fall in love beyond this reality…
– Genre(s): Paranormal (Light & Dark, Fantasy Romance)
– Publisher(s): The Wild Rose Press
To Other Authors
– What are the three MOST important pieces of advice you would give to a brand new author?
- 1. Never give up.
- 2. Decode the writing lingo you hear like stilted, contrived, etc.
- 3. Never look a gift horse in the mouth. I, personally, found something of value in everyone’s criticism. You just have to look for the gems. Or I studied geology way too long!
– What’s your favorite way to advertise?
- It’s too expensive—RT magazine. So, I go with elbow grease on the internet—contests, excerpts, blog features, etc. Even if you’re shy, you can do this. Lurk on writer/reader loops and jump on promo opportunities.
– What hard-knock lesson did the publishing world teach you (can be your own experience or someone else’s that you learned from)?
- To be patient. LOL. I so am NOT. I do everything half-arse backward.
For the Readers
– What are you reading, if anything, at the moment?
- SAY YOU’RE ONE OF THEM by Uwen Akpan. The writing is amazing. And it’s an incredible glimpse into African life. Or I studied anthropology longer than I studied geology! This happens to be the first book I saw on Oprah’s Reading List and read the excerpt… I ran to the store to buy a copy!
– Do you prefer ebooks or print for your reading pleasure?
- I love keeping my print books forever. You know. Up on my shelves where I can take them down and pet them. (Renee Note: I’m the same way.) But owning my e-reader is like being gifted an unfathomable amount of freedom to the one creature on this planet that despises change, stubborn humans. I have carpal tunnel and tinnitus in my wrists, fibromyalgia in my upper back and neck, and a 4 year old. Let’s just say one little gizmo in my purse is the only way I get to read anything anymore. I wouldn’t trade my e-Reader for anything. So, I’m reading all sorts of shorts I couldn’t read before e-Reader… Anyone listening, think William Wallace being disemboweled screaming “FREEDOM!” That was me fighting the change from paper to pixels. But then life was so pleasant thereafter.
– Name three of your all-time-favorite, read-them-over-and-over books.
- Bet you won’t guess these: MM Kaye’s THE FAR PAVILLIONS, Jennifer Roberson’s LADY OF THE GLEN, and James Axler’s DEATHLANDS. I know. A series is more than one. But I only read the first half dozen in the series and said the “f” word so much that I had to walk away from his books. 🙁 It just kept popping out like I was possessed. Isn’t it amazing how something so simple can become ingrained in one’s subconscious so easily?
Idle Curiosity Compels Me to Ask
– What inspired you to be a writer?
- Laugh. I can’t think of a thing. I ran like heck the opposite direction from the literature table during registration in college. In grad school, I still lurked elsewhere. I finally took to lit classes for research… My Druids and Time Guardians time travel. I thought since the Druids are renowned as bards/orators, I’d best get my facts straight. Anyway, world-building gives me a high. I get to use both my specialties, geology and bioarchaeology, when writing. (Renee Note: I LOVE world-building. It’s so fun to question why our society does things a certain way in order to create why a fictional society would do it different.)
– What do you do immediately after finishing a manuscript?
- I try to walk away like Stephen King advises. But I usually switch to synopsis mode and analyze the story’s plot. (Renee Note: Gotta write that synopsis while it’s still fresh… and then I walk away.)
– Do you talk to your characters or your muse or both?
- I curse at the computer. Honestly, I’ve studied human nature too long to blame my insufficient preparation (pantsing a tale) on things I’ve created and can modify to my liking. I enjoy being in control of my own little world where I can punish and reward characters. And I’ve never had a muse. I probably should have one after writing a romance for the Greek muse of writing, ANCIENT MUSINGS. LOL. But writing is all about control. And when I hit a point where I haven’t thought beyond where the madness dumps me, I just climb onto the elliptical. All that pumping blood and oxygen during a 50-minute session usually produces the next phase of a story. So, no discussions with characters or muse here…