Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I’m a twenty-year-old novelist living in the Pacific Northwest. Having moved to the United States from Ukraine at the age of seven, I developed a love for traveling and literature. My experience in a lasting relationship has given me the taste of love and adventure that inspired me to begin writing my first novel. On April 7th, 2016, I published Fallacies, a start to a series that I hope will impact my readers in the same ways that my relationship has impacted me.
Tell us about your books.
Fallacies is written from the perspective of a teenage girl named Natalie Matthews. Frightened by changes taking place in a country that separated from the United States in 2019, she becomes involved in preventing an inevitable threat to national freedom. As she takes the step to change the governing system from within, she finds herself fighting secrets that lead to its collapse. While searching for answers to the inconsistencies embedded into a broken system, she begins to question the secrets of the person she loves the most.
How did you go about getting published?
I decided to pursue the self-publishing route.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
My writing process is a combination of both pre-planning and writing as I go. I tend to develop ideas and plots in my mind, organize them, and if they remain appealing after a little while, begin writing them into a story from the beginning. I don’t have a particular time, day, or location to write, but I do tend to be more productive in writing when it is later in the evening.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
When I’m not writing, I have a traditional job, enjoy being around my friends, traveling, and spending time with my boyfriend and bunnies.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
My advice to authors designing their book covers is to determine what will work best not only for the content of their books, but for themselves. Some may prefer to get them professionally done through a paid service, while others, especially those adept at creating digital art, may prefer to create one themselves. The cover needs to remain professional regardless of preference, but creativity is still an important aspect to their design. For example, my book cover for Fallacies was designed as a connection between the content of the book and the emotions that helped me to develop it. That’s why the image includes two hands; one mine and the other my boyfriend’s.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
The most important marketing tip I can recommend to authors is to promote themselves, as well as their books. Readers like to know who the author is just as much as they’d like to know about the contents of the book. The author is often one of the primary impression that readers get in finding books that they would like to read, so the more that they know that an aspiring author is out there, the more likely they are to look into what they wrote.
What’s your favorite book?
My current favorite book has to be Divergent by Veronica Roth, although my preferences always change based on what I read.
What are you reading now?
Having just published my first novel earlier this month, I have not had the time to read anything recently. However, I plan to begin working on Lori Brighton’s “The Mind Readers” in the upcoming few weeks.
What’s your next book project?
I am currently working on the second installment to the Fallacies series, Book 2.