Hello Maria, thank you for inviting me to your blog, and doing this interview with me. Greatly appreciated. I am Marlaine Lloyd writing under my fantasy pen name Flamingcrystal. I am the author of Dejavu, Destiny, Fatal Fantasy, Ghost Portal, Geeste Portaal, Die Minnaar and Dejavu & Destiny : Book 1 and book 2 of the Dejavu Series.
Before we talk about your work process, why don’t you tell us a few things about yourself aside of your writing credentials.
I am a widow and have 2 beautiful daughters. We are currently living in a very small town, Pongola in Kwazulu Natal in South-Africa. I’ve studied Retail Marketing at Unisa many moons ago (pssst whispers, a woman should always be mysterious about her age – I would love to have a magic wand that could keep me in my mid thirties, although I’m past that age already…) I have a day job working in the retail fashion sector, as senior Store Manager. I recently sustained a serious spinal injury at work, resulting in 2 spinal operations within 3 months of each other, but the bright side of this is that it gave me ample time to write and get my books published, in the time that I’ve being at home. If everything goes as planned I would be returning to work by December 28th, 2014. Writing, sketching, cooking, and chatting on Twitter and Face Book are my most beloved hobbies.
I am currently working on book 3 of the Dejavu Series, but this time the POV will be that of the 16 year old, supernaturally gifted twins that are on a mission to create havoc.
Are you happy with the pace of your work? Do you aim at a specific word count each day?
I aim at 2000 + words a day or at least to write every 1st draft within 70 days, and done that with all my previous books…but with my current WIP it will be much longer than that, as the first two weeks after the spinal operations I’m sleeping way too much…
You’d better listen closely to what your body needs… Plotter, pantser or both?
Pantser mostly…. I don’t have the patience to plot out every single detail of my story. Once started, the story sometimes takes on a life of its own, but I never lose sight of my initial outline and the goals each of my characters need to achieve, to keep the readers on the edges of their seats… and where I want to create ‘peak’ stages in the story.
That’s exactly my M.O.! What’s your worst enemy in getting that first draft finished?
I have to admit, I just love Twitter and Face Book, but it is such a delightful distraction.
Is there a particular place you find inspiring for writing?
I love to look at the view outside my window or to think about the view on my folks farm, the latter always inspires me to write. (Picture attached – the view at my folks farm.)
Now this image is pinned on my Featured Writers’ Workspace board on Pinterest! Apart from Word and Google, do you use any other writing or research tools and apps?
I find this cover creator website very handy http://www.ebookcover.pro/
How do you intend to celebrate writing “The End” on your draft?
I intend to celebrate with my daughters and their boyfriends at a restaurant that serves the biggest platters of seafood.
Do you have any marketing tips or favorite promotional sites you’d like to share?
Gary is such a sweetheart, he is always promoting authors on his website at http://look4books.co.uk/bestindieauthor
I also love author alliance
Clive Eaton has a list of websites that authors could use for free book promotions
Authors also could tweet their free or bargain book with link & include RT @WordSatSpangalo
Thank you for the awesome tips! Are Mythology, Paranormal, & Contemporary Romance the genres you will stick to or do you see yourself branching out in the future?
Dejavu is my only mythology/romance with 50 Shades of Blushing Pink *just teasing* honestly it only has 3 really -oehhh aahhh – very romantic scenes. I love mythology and always getting goosebumps while writing about anything supernatural. I’ve recently published my first Young Adult supernatural book and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment writing that…so I think I’m now hooked on YA!
Fun stuff now: Let’s do a rapid fire round.
- Flavored sorbet or ice cream? Chocolate mint ice cream.
- Pizza or sushi? Spare-rib pizza. Whaaaa?! Not only I’ve never had one (and God knows I’ve had all kinds of pizza, but I can’t even picture this! J)
- Twilight or The Hunger Games? Both but *whistle/howl* Jacob from Twilight is sexy, if I was younger…*sigh*
- Ryan Gosling or Benedict Cumberbatch? Benedict Cumberbatch.
- Trek in the Andes or snorkeling in Tahiti? Snorkeling
- Ugg boots or red-soled designer stilettos? I love both, but stilettos are dangerous in more ways than one *wink-wink*
Finally, please share with us links where we can find you and your work.
My webpage is http://www.flamingcrystal.com
I am on Twitter @FlamingCrystal1
My Author page is at Amazon Author Central http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00HMJYX8M
Thank you, Marlaine, and best of luck with your future projects!
Thank you for featuring me here Maria, and best of luck with all your books too! I am looking forward to reading your romance ‘Fate Accompli’, with its Greece setting and Greek gods.