Zoey Indiana is a wonderful writer who believes that everyone deserves a chance at real love. Giving her Shape shifter characters just that chance. Let’s meet the author Zoey Indiana.
1.Zoey, How many Shifter titles have you written?
14… I think. Plus I have a futuristic dystopian romance series, and a few alien romances.
2. You have a series of Holiday shifter books out with a new one coming out November 30th can you tell us about your latest Holiday tale Totally Frosted?
My holiday shifter books started off with the idea of speed dating for shifters to find their fated mates. As the series has progressed, I’ve also brought in the characters who help support the events. In Totally Frosted, Rory owns all the bakeries in town and he has to make a rush order of cookies for the dating event on National Cookie Day, December 4th. As Rory goes to his newly acquired bakery, he runs into the upset previous owner who refuses to vacate. Sparks fly, and she throws flour in his face in her frustration. Rory sneezes which activates the curse a witch put on him which forces him to change into animated Gingerbread Man Cookie. It devolves into shenanigans, blackmail from the shifter council, an arrest for streaking in public, and so much more.
3. In your Kindle bio it says that you think everyone deserves a chance at love and so you write your characters to have that chance. Do I understand that correctly and can you expand on that philosophy?
Yup. Aliens, Shifters, Vampires, but also Heroes and Heroines with PTSD, Survivors, and differently abled. The two I really want to write about soon would be someone with Prosopagnosia (face blindness) and Synesthesia.
4. What’s your favorite book and what’s it about?
My favorite book from another author is Born of Legend by Sherrilyn Kenyon. The things that Jullien endures is heart wrenching, but he ends up with the perfect female for him. Their relationship is beautiful.
My favorite book that I’ve written would have to be The Vengeance Trilogy. It follows the same couple – Freya and Bash – as they take down a corrupt dystopian government, learn to heal, and finally find love. It’s kinda Cyberpunk meets aliens. I had the chance to flip some popular tropes and social issues women deal with in an interesting way.
5. Are you an Indie author or traditionally published, why did you make that choice?
Indie all the way! Actually, I started out wanting to be trad, but then I found out I’d have to do most of the marketing anyway, and I decided to let my type A personality run all over my publishing dreams. Turned out well since I love designing all my own covers.
6. What is your favorite part of the writing process? And why?
BICHOK (Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard), because I never know what’s going to happen next. Since I don’t plot, the characters will do the craziest things that I never see coming, and it’s a beautiful while insanely frustrating thing at the same time.
7. Are you a plotter or a pantser have you ever tried writing the other way?
PANSTER!!! My extent of plotting is a relationship type, maybe one to two character notes, and a general plotting idea on a sticky note for a few months while the idea percolates in my subconscious. When it comes to BICHOK, whatever happens, happens. I’ve tried plotting, and the books become boring to me. I already know what’s going to happen, and part of the fun of writing is the discovery.
My happy compromise to make sure I hit all the necessary plot points, romance beats, and pacing markers is that I have a custom outline I’ve created and plug my already written story into. If anything is missing, I add it to my edits.
8. What writers have influenced you? With all your success do you think you will inspire others?
So many, starting with Alice Borchardt and John Peel. Funny enough Alice Borchard is Anne Rice’s sister, and I didn’t actually learn who Anne Rice was until I was in my mid 20s, whereas I found Alice in grade school. She sparked my passion for paranormal romance. In high school, my grandmother gave me a “vampire book” because it had steamy bits (my grandma is in a league of her own) and Sherrilyn Kenyon McQueen opened my eyes. After that, I blew through romance writers like Katie MacAlister, Jeaniene Frost, JR Ward, and so many more.
Will I ever inspire others to write? If I let my imposter syndrome speak, I’d say no. How could the little deaf girl who went through multiple surgeries to regain her hearing, learned to read late, and still struggles with pronunciation and spelling ever inspire someone to write? In truth, I hope to inspire others. I’ve had a few readers tell me I’ve inspired them to write, but one of my personal philosophies is that if I inspire one person to do one thing they love, then I’ve succeeded.
9. What do you read to prepare you to write both fiction and non-fiction?
I reread my favorite books.
10. What writing ritual do you have that would surprise us?
Ha. I listen to the same few songs, or even the same song on repeat while writing. Like the same 3.5 minute song for 10 hours straight. Helps me hyperfocus on writing.
11. What are you writing right now?
Marked by the Lion – A romance about a former black ops lion shifter with PTSD who finds his fated mate. I have a thing for Cinnamon Roll Heroes (Big softies that are so sweet, you just want to take a bite out of them), and D’Kota is a big one. I think I’m falling in love, lol.
12. What are you most grateful for?
>Spell check! On a more serious note, my vision. As someone who’s lost a sense, then regained some of it back, I’ve learned to appreciate my eyesight. I had an injury that left me partially paralyzed for almost a year, and I did a lot of reading and writing in that time.
13. What song can you not help yourself from singing along to?
Pretty much any song on my Pandora Irish Pub Station… Lurgen, Seamus Kennedy, Dropkick Murphys, The Bollox, The High Kings, Omnia, The Cottars, Darby O’Gill, and Tommy Makem & Liam Clancy.
14. What do you care least about?
Movie and TV shows… I didn’t have a tv for almost 10 years. Lived primarily on books, audiobooks, and music. There are so many pop culture references that go right over my head. Plus, I have Prosopagnosia (face blindness) so I can’t keep track of all the people on the TV anyway.
15. What are your top 3 favorite things to talk about?
Books, pets, and obscure facts. I’m like a quirky encyclopedia.
16. Who is the most bizarre person you have ever met (no names please?)
A witchy ghost in small town North Carolina.
With Christmas just around the corner, what is your favorite Christmas tradition?
>Annoying all of my close family and friends with Christmas music on my birthday in November.
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