About the Author
The New York Times bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including Find You in the Dark, Cloud Walking and Bad Rep.
Interview With A Meredith Walters
1. When did you first realize you wanted to be an author?
I've wanted to be a writer since I was a little kid. I can’t remember a time I wasn't writing. But I decided to devote myself to it full time after moving to the UK from the states. I had to wait a few months to get clearance to work and figured I’d take the plunge. And I’m so glad I did!
2. How long did it take you to write Find You in the Dark and did you see yourself actually publishing it?
I wrote FYITD in three months. I wasn't sure I was going to publish it, because I wasn't sure if the subject matter would turn people off. But I’m really glad that I did!
3. Are any of your characters based on actual people you know?
Not directly in this book. But the situations are completely based in personal experiences I've had with loved ones suffering from mental health issues and from working as a counselor for over a decade.
4. What is your writing style like if you have one?
I suppose it could be classified as gritty and raw. I prefer to write stories that are in your face and unapologetic. You won’t always like the situations or the characters but I try to keep them real.
5. Where is your favorite place to write?
I love my home office. When we were looking for houses, my one stipulation was to have a kick a** office to write. And this one checked off every single requirement I had.
6. What is the biggest challenge you have faced while writing? Did you ever get stuck or have writers block during any of the 3 books (novella included)?
I am a feast or famine kind of writer. I will either write like crazy, barely stopping to eat or sleep, or I will go weeks without writing anything. My “mojo” gets thrown pretty easily unfortunately and I had to work through writer’s block quite a bit with these three books.
7. Do you ever plan to write outside of the current genre or are you set on Romance?
I’m not sure. I really love romance. Those are the books I love to read and those are the ones I love to write. But I do love paranormal and I've written a number of stories in that vein, so we’ll have to see where the wind takes me.
8. Who are your inspirations?
My biggest inspiration isn't an author, but a collection of people. My clients, the amazing children and their families that I've had the honor of working with over the years have provided me my greatest inspiration. Their stories, struggles, successes are humbling and that is how my stories, particularly the Find You in the Dark series came about.
9. What is the one thing you love most about writing? What is the least you love about it?
I love creating stories that mean something to me. I love being able to write a book that I would pick up read myself. What I love least? Editing and critiquing my own work. I tend to doubt myself a lot during this stage and there were moments where I almost chucked Light in the Shadows, sure that the whole things sucked. Thank god for my beta reader and friend, Claire, who stopped me! J
10. Do you find publishing a book to be easy?
Well clicking the publishing button is probably the easiest part. It’s everything else that goes into it that is difficult. When you put your book out there for people to read it’s like giving them a piece of who you are to see and either love or hate.
11. What goes into writing a book and how do you ensure that it is complete?
I usually start with writing the end then work backwards. Then I structure the story around key elements I want to happen. It’s sort of like coloring in a picture at that point, I have an outline and where I want these characters to go. It’s just then a matter of connecting the dots. I re-read my book constantly while writing and I’m not sure how I know when it’s complete. I could probably find things to change about each book I've ever written, so I’m not sure they’re ever “finished.”
12. What is one piece of advice you would give to new authors who are trying to self-publish?
I say the biggest thing is to surround yourself with supportive and positive people. Negativity kills creativity and it’s important to have people you trust read your work and give you constructive feedback. Make sure before you hit publish it is a story you’d be proud to have people read.
13. What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to bake and read. But most of all I love to spend time with my daughter. She’s at that really fun age when she is becoming such a girly girl. So I spend a lot of time getting “makeovers” and having my nails done, LOL.
14. What is your biggest fear?
Spiders. I’m an arachnophobe! I also have a huge fear of public speaking. I turn bright red. We’re talking tomato red. It’s embarrassing!
15. What is your favorite genre to read?
Romance, followed by paranormal fiction
16.What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your characters?
That the dark stuff in life really makes for a great story. I wasn't sure I’d even like where my story was going, but I ended up loving the tortured and angsty Clay, even as he drove me crazy!
17. To any reader who hasn't read Find You in the Dark, how would you persuade them to give it a try?
At the heart of this story is the tale of broken boy and the girl who wants to save him. It’s a story about hope and resilience and whether love really can make things better.
18. Where did you get the inspiration from this story? Do you know anyone who suffered the same way Clay did?
I took a lot of this story from my experiences as a counselor. But I also have personal experience with both bi-polar and borderline personality disorders. I have been the support person for someone who won’t medicate and it’s a rough and exhausting road.
19. What were some of your favorite bands growing up?
I'm a huge classic rock fan. I grew up on Led Zeppelin, Motor-head, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Deep Purple. But I have to admit as I pre-teen I was as into pop as the next girl. New Kids on the Block was my very first concert.
20. What did you want to be as a kid?
I wanted to be a writer, a meteorologist, a psychologist, a vet. I think it changed weekly.
21. Where can your readers stalk you?
You can find me on Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter (AuthorAMWalters) or you can email me at email@example.com
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. It’s been a pleasure and I wish you the best of luck in your writing and I know you will go very far!!!
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