Erotica Writer INTERVIEW: Liia Ann White

Bio: http://www.liiaannwhite.com/bio/

 

Nymph Du Pave: What inspired you to write?

Liia Ann: I’ve been writing on and off since I was about 12. I have nightmares and strange dreams every night, whic
h give me all sorts of different ideas to write, it just seems to come naturally to me.

NDP: What are your current projects?

LA: I’m currently concentrating on my Young Adult Urban Fantasy story, which I’ve been doing for quite some time. Then every now and then I pick up the sequel to my debut UF novel, Elora’s Match.

 

NDP: Do you see writing as a career?

LA: Definitely. Not only that, it’s my dream career and I’m determined to make it work.

 

NDP: Do you have a message or theme you want to get across?  Is that something that is in all of your work, or just a particular line?

LA: I like to write what I know, so I make sure at least one of my main characters are Australian. I also get across a message of tolerance and love for animals. A lot of my characters are vegan as well, though not in a preachy ‘don’t eat animal product’ way, just in a ‘this is my personal choice’ way, if that makes sense.

 

NDP: What is the hardest part of writing?

LA: Writer’s block! Wait, no – overcoming writer’s block LoL I have a terrible time coming to terms with the fact that there’s not much I can do about it but sick back and wait for my Muse to return. And when she does, she’s always out gunsablazing!

 

NDP: What do you feel are your strong points?  What about things you’re working to improve?

LA: I’ve always been a great speller, does that count? Since I was a little kid.

A definite strong point for me is ‘special’ scenes, you know the ones where people in love participate in that act. Sex LOL Yeah, I have a lot of fun writing those and the majority of them write themselves, just flowing from my fingertips. I’ve had a lot of readers compliment me on the way I write them so well they can feel the emotions my characters feel – that always makes my day.

I’m currently working on not being quite so ‘wordy’. Something that could be written in 500 words, I have a tendency to use 1000 words for. So, that’s something I’m always working to improve.

 

NDP: How do you find inspiration?

LA: My dreams and nightmares keep me inspired. I have that many ideas written down, I’ll be writing for decades to get them all done. If I could, I’d write horror, I have some doozy ideas for horror stories!

 

NDP:  How do you keep the love of writing alive?

LA: By remembering that it’s not the most important thing in the world. If I put too much pressure on myself to write I tend to either write absolute crap, or just sit there staring at a blank screen for hours. I remind myself that I’m doing this because I love it. Not because I feel I have to.

 

NDP: Do you have any advice for other writers?

LA: Never be afraid to ask for help. Listen to helpful advice more experience writers give you. If possible, find a mentor or critique partner with experience. And don’t write something you don’t love – chances are if you don’t love it, readers won’t either.

 

NDP: Do you write an outline before every book/story you write?

LA: I tend to write a basic plot out, but the characters usually have a way of changing bits and pieces as I write. Damn characters have minds of their own!

 

NDP: Where would you like to be 5 years from now?

LA: 5 years from now? I’d like to be a hugely successful best selling author. The kind where everything I touch turns to gold 😉

In all seriousness though, I want to be successful in my own right, have a few series’ that I’m working on currently finished and in the midst of publishing and just continuing to write what I love and getting it published.

 

NDP: What books have most influenced your life most?

LA: Hmmmm… Quite a few have made me think ‘Wow. That’s the kind of writer I want to be.’ But R L Stine’s books Goodnight Kiss 1 and 2 started my true love affair with reading and writing paranormal. I just love the way you can play around with paranormal characters, even create a new species as I did and it’s always fun to read about.

 

NDP: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

LA: Rebecca Royce ( @RebeccaRoyce ), my critique partner. Without her, I would have gone a mad(-der) a long time ago. She corrects my errors, points out plot holes and is constantly telling me what works and what doesn’t, reassuring me when I have moments of doubt.

She’s the best critique partner I could ever have hoped for and such a valued friend. I kinda love that woman to pieces.

 

NDP: What book are you reading now?

LA: I’m currently reading both Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins and Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. I’ve been waiting to read these both for a while, so I’m forcing myself to have some downtime each day and read a bit of either. I usually read 1-3 books at a time. Like my writing, it depends what mood I’m in as to what I read.

 

Contact info for Liia: http://www.liiaannwhite.com/contact/

 

I want to thank Liia for taking the time for this interview!

I hope you enjoyed this interview.  If you are an author and would like to be interviewed please contact me at ndpave@gmail.com or send me a direct message on Twitter (@nymphdupave).  Thanks!

Cover for ‘Master’s Return’

ON THE WRITING:

It’s what I am doing now.  I am clearing my desk of distractions (nail stuff, work, letters, more work), going to get myself a nice fat drink of something, settle down with my comfy clothes and tons of Extra gum and get this bitch to the finish line.

The cover has truly added some enthusiasm and perk to me 🙂

ABOUT THE COVER:

AHHHHHH!  Oh my goodness!  I just got my new cover in and I freaking love it.  I am in love with another cover done by my cover artist, Kristin Mummert.  Seriously, she might do things she considers simple to change the photos I send her, but to me she does the work needed to create exactly the look I want.

And FAST too!  Covers have from 1 to 2 week deadlines – so I almost fell out of my seat this morning when I got her email with the first mock up.  Wow!

I wish I was a famous writer just so I could get her more work.  I have to enthuse because without her I’d be stuck trying to figure out GIMP and creating shoddy crap covers in comparison.  I cannot thank her enough for what she creates for me.

If you’re interested, please check her out at KMM Designs.  She’s just starting out so her prices are beyond reasonable (get her early; she needs the work for her portfolio and is willing to deal on the prices) so tell her your budget and she’ll work hard to create something you’re happy with.  Feel free to DM her on Twitter: she’s @KMMDesigns