Today is my favorite day! It’s Author Spotlight day! We have an amazing, multi-novel indie author for you. That’s right, today I’m interviewing the very talented Lindsey Richardson. If you haven’t heard of her yet, then you’ve come to the right place, and if you have, let’s get to know her a little better, shall we?
MN: Hi Lindsey, please tell us about your novels. What kinds of things do you write? I saw that you’ve made your latest book into a series, do you have a possible release date coming up for the next book?
LR: I write fantasy and mystery novels.
My first series, the Magicians series, consists of 4 books in total. The first book, Cursed With Power, some of you may remember if you were ever on Inkpop or Wattpad prior to 2012 when it got published. The series follows Dark magicians who are nearly extinct and viewed as evil by the rest of the world.
My other series called A Rose With Thorns is new. This is a fantasy/mystery series about three fictional islands filled with secrets and mysteries involving kidnapping and murder. It started out with one book, CLARA AND CLAIRE, but Clara’s story wasn’t done after that!
The third book —my current WIP— is expecting to release in 2020 if everything goes according to plan!
MN: This series sounds like my jam! I’ve added them to my wish list! My first question: you have to forget the best book you’ve ever read or start your latest novel all over again. Which do you choose? (disclaimer, you can’t re-read the favorite).
LR: Yikes! Both of these sound bad, but I guess I’d choose to restart my latest novel rather than forget the best book I’ve ever read. Reading is so crucial as a writer, and if you forget your favorite book, who knows what else you would lose, ya know?
MN: Good point! I’ve only just learned the importance of reading, myself. This is a great answer! Have you ever looked at a picture and wanted to write about it?
LR: Yes, all the time. This is why Pinterest gets me into trouble haha! I’ll see a picture and it gives me an idea, and then I bookmark it for later—because ya never know when that could come in handy.
MN: I haven’t tried that, but it sounds like a good idea. I think I bought about 4 premade covers that gave me ideas for a story. Would you help a family member write their first book?
LR: I would give them advice and tell them what I know from my experience. I’m always willing to help anybody out that’s trying to navigate the publishing world—whether it be traditional or self publish. But ultimately they themselves have to be the ones to actually put in the time to write the book.
I can’t tell you how many times people told me they want to write a book and never did.
MN: Me too. I always encourage because other writers are not the competition. Do you ever get people telling you ‘this would be good idea for a book’?
LR: Yes, I think my friends do this the most often. We’ll be talking or in a group chat and then they’ll say “hey this would be a good idea for a book! You should write it.”
MN: Have you ever based a character on someone you know? If so, what happened to that person in the book?
LR: A lot of inspiration I have for my characters comes from people I know in real life.
Celestria in Cursed With Power, in many ways, reminded me of myself, and I could relate to her a lot as she started out in the series as the same age as me (when I was writing the book).
Gemma in CLARA AND CLAIRE was based loosely off a close former friend of mine.
MN: Awesome. What was the easiest book you’ve ever written?
LR: Wow this is a hard question! Surprisingly I want to say CLARA AND CLAIRE. I wrote this book after finishing my series, and unlike my previous series, this book is set in an entirely fictional world. I didn’t have to do research for this book, and after finishing a series I was excited to start something new and different from what I had written before.
MN: Nice. I love books you don’t have to do research for. Seriously, that’s my dream lol Do you write more at night or more during the day?
LR: I used to only write at night. Now because I work full time AND write I tend to mix it up. I still prefer working at night, but more realistically I tend to write mid afternoon or early weekend mornings.
MN: It’s good you can find the time to get your writing in. It can be challenging sometimes. What is your favorite movie and if you were able to change the ending, how would you do it?
LR: Ok I feel like I have a lot of favorite movies, but the one that first came into my head was La La Land. Also I should mention *spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen the movie*.
I would have changed the ending to keep Sebastian and Mia together. The other way was too heartbreaking, and I definitely cried.
MN: I HAVEN’T SEEN IT! Just kidding. That’s a good one. What advice would you give a newbie writer?
LR: Never give up. You’re always going to find so many reasons to give up, and even when you’re an experienced writer that doesn’t go away. Write what you love, and don’t let anybody tell you can’t because of your age, your experience, etc. Every story is worth telling, and only you can tell the story that you’re writing.
MN: Excellent advice. This should be stamped on a postcard and mailed out to all newbie writers.
Here are Lindsey’s sites. Please check them out.
These two and more are Available on Amazon.
MN: Can you tell us a couple indie authors we should be on the lookout for?
There are so many I want to shout out to right now: Andrea Nourse, Rhianne (R.S. Williams), and Briana Morgan to name a few. All amazing indie authors who deserve more recognition for their hard work—and all of them have books out too if you want to check those out!
Thank you so much, Lindsey. These are great and it’s been fun getting to know you and I wish you all the best.
And I hope you’ve all had fun, too. Thanks for reading about the lovely Lindsey. Hop on over to her site, peruse her book shelf on Amazon, follow her social media pages and see you next time, for another Author Spotlight.
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