Why do you write fiction?
Fiction makes the impossible possible and allows no limits to my imagination. That creativity is craved by people who read fiction. Being able to explore and experience something beyond extraordinary, yet feel it is real, is what makes fiction so wonderful. My goal is to write great fiction not only for myself, but for others. I want them to be as excited about the world I create as I am. If I only reach one person with my writing, it’s worth it to me. I’m not greedy! I just love telling stories.
Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
Summer’s Shadow is a young adult novel. It is book one in the series, Sierra Winters and the Void. In a nutshell it is about a teenage girl, Sierra, who discovers a realm called the Void after she nearly loses her life. She is only able to access the Void via her magical silver cord that attaches her body to her spirit body. At first Sierra believes it was all an accident, but she quickly realizes she is part of a devious plot created by a man named Maven Kodiak. Sierra also struggles with many other life issues such as the loss of her parents, a controlling older sister, regaining the trust of her two friends and her feelings for Valeck who lives in the Void and saved her life. There are plenty of small story lines between characters that will continue throughout the series. I took the idea of astral projection and built upon that for the story. I also used one of my own ideas from a short adult fiction story I wrote years ago which involved the Void, but in a different way. Many of the images in the novel come from Thompson Falls, Montana. I was born there and visit quite often.
Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
Teenagers and adults. The young adult reading audience spans a great age range of readers these days.
Please describe your writing routine.
I write when I can! I usually do most of my writing during the day. As far as how I go about the details, nothing is written down and it just flows from my head. I am horrible with character sheets and chapter by chapter notes on what to write. It doesn’t work for me, at least not at this point in time. I’ve tried though! I also write the beginning and ending of each book before I start writing the entire novel. In my mind I know where I want the story to start and stop, so I get that down and fill out everything between those two points.
What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
Read what you love and write what you love. The more you read the better you will understand how to write in that genre. Write every day, even if it’s just a sentence. Writing takes time, practice and patience. Join a writers group online or in the local community. Being part of a group of writers is a great way to learn. Be prepared to have your work critiqued and not take offense to criticism. Becoming a great writer means learning from your own mistakes and building upon others views of your writing. That is one of the hardest tasks in being a writer because our writing is so personal to us. It can be really hard for a writer to accept mistakes in their writing and to take it as a positive learning experience. So be strong and believe in yourself as a writer and do everything you can to realize your dreams!
More about Summer’s Shadow:
When seventeen-year-old Sierra Winters watches her physical body sink to its death, she realizes a shining silver cord connects her two halves together, but it breaks off from her belly button, sinks with her body, and then everything changes when a mysterious boy named Valeck saves her life.
Sierra soon discovers she has stumbled upon a mysterious realm known as The Void, which is filled with mystery, intrigue, danger and love. But upon returning to The Void, she is met by a sinister man known as Maven Kodiak who can manipulate his surroundings into a sickening Rot. Maven wants the power of her silver cord all for himself so he can enter the physical world and conquer it.
And he will do anything to take Sierra’s cord, even if it means her death.
On the run from Maven, Sierra struggles to understand her abilities and powers which yield some surprising results. As she and Valeck fall in love, Sierra discovers he is keeping a vital secret from her. Can Sierra be happy sharing her life between both realms, or will she be forced to choose one over the other forever?
But nothing in Sierra’s life will matter if she doesn’t find a way to stop the maniac hunting her.
How to connect with Craig:
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