Thursday, December 8, 2011

Get to Know Author Larissa Hinton

Morning readers!
Today we have author Larissa Hinton joining us to tell speak about her book, Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology. Most of you know I love poetry, so this is a treat!


A collection of short stories and poetry that explore the three stages of a flower that correlates to the human different stages of life but with a paranormal and fantasy twist. Here's more information about it in the blurb:
An anthology that will quench your thirst for more than the ordinary.
Everblossom is a journey through poems and short stories that may seem ordinary on the surface but dig a little deeper and the world not only shifts . . . It changes.
The author who brought you Iwishacana/Acanawishi, now brings you a dash of everything from dark fantasy to the paranormal to romance. So prepare yourself to delve into the three stages of the flower from bud to blossom then back to seed; you'll go through them all with a whole new perspective on what it all truly means.

Kindle Edition: 157 KB
ASIN: B005H5GKIY

Who or what inspires your writing?
Everything and anything is the broad and truthful answer. Since I'm a college student at Hampton University I walk to class a lot. Instead of plugging my ears with music (I don't want to draw attention to my hideous dance moves, lol), I think alot about my books and what I can do to fix them. Practically everyday I do this and even though it doesn't sound inspiring, I always come up with a new idea for a short idea or a way to fix a problem in my book. Sometimes thinking about my personal life helps and sometimes just walking in somewhat pure silence with nature brings me ideas. It just depends.


When did you know you would be a writer?
I knew I wanted to be a writer after I was done with my first book. I remember like it was yesterday. I danced around the living room while it was printing on that old HP printer of mine. And when it was done printing I clutched it like it was my life saver. And in a way, it was. I never felt that happy in my life and right then I knew I wanted to keep writing for the rest of my life.

How long did it take you to write your first novel?
I want to say a semester, but I'm not entirely sure. I was 12 years old, which was a full decade ago, so some things are blurred. I remember writing it down first, then typing it up so of course that took a long time. It had to be at least six months to a full year to finish it. But I loved every minute of it!

What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part about writing is putting your idea on paper and making it come across right. Especially for a novel. It's a long journey from the first page until the last and to make sure it's projecting the idea from cover to cover from word to word is the most difficult part. As a writer, you have to be consistent, persistent, and have excellent time management to be able to complete a novel with style, grace and be sane. Seriously. Ask some writers if they haven't pulled their hair out over a story that just wouldn't translate from their brain onto the paper right. Ah, the makings of a novel.

Do you have any writing rituals?
Absolutely! I wake up every morning at 6am, edit for an hour on Iwishacana/Acanawishi, then during the day, I carry my little notebook for short stories and write in every spare second I have to write stories in it. Additionally, while I'm watching television, I start editing Iwishacana/Acanawishi 2.

Have you written any thing else?
Absolutely, as I mentioned in the previous question, I'm currently editing Iwishacana/Acanawishi. Here's the book cover and the blurb:
Where rules are meant to be broken.
Anissa is constantly on the run from the police and can't seem to stay out of trouble.

Secrets are meant to be kept.
Until Anissa hides Florence in her bedroom and her mother finds out. There's only one thing left to do: Send her to Juvenile Cop Camp to erase all of her crimes on her record.

And everything is not what it seems.
There's only one problem: Anissa is innocent.

Welcome to Iwishacana.

I'm hoping to have this book released before Christmas. So be on the look for it! You can check out my blog for constant updates.

Any advice to aspiring writers?
I have plenty of advice for budding writers! They can check out these links on my blog:
Considering Self Publishing
Tips & Tricks How Not to Request A Book Review
Truth About Traditional Publishing
Why is Editing So Expensive?
Quick Tip of the Day: Blurbs
Hot Topic Tuesday: Best of Best or Nothing at All
Tips & Tricks Friday: Editing
Tips & Tricks: Time
Anthology: A Writer's Shortcut
Cover Tips
But overall, I'd say keep writing and keep reading. Do your research. Do not limit yourself with traditional publishing or self publishing. It is possible to do both.

Who are your favorite Authors?
Meg Cabot, Andrea Cremer, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Dia Reeves, Bruce Coville . . . I could go on and on and on, but I'll stop there. Those are pretty much the top five, even though I've had some issues with some of their works, I love their work and will continue to support them.

What are your favorite books, or which book has impacted you the most?
I have to say the most recent impact a book has had on me was Watchmen by Alan Moore. As an English Education major, we are told what the classics are in literature therefore, we have a predetermined view of what literature can and cannot be. When I read Watchmen by Alan Moore, it literally blew my mind. It changed everything I thought about what graphic novels and comics book were. They could be literary, deep and interesting to the fullest. And ever since then, I have read graphic novels and manga and anything else related with a new-found respect and with excitement. I am now fully hooked on graphic novels, manga and comic books. :)

What are you currently reading?
I'm currently reading my ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of Amanda Hocking's book, Switched! Yes, I'm excited and I'm bragging a little bit. I can't help it. Anyway, I'm enjoying the book so far and I can see why she has sold millions of book. This girl can write!

How do readers find out more about you?
The easiest way to find out more about me is to check out my blog.

1 comments:

  1. Thanks for interviewing me! I really appreciate it! :)

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