I’m writing in the fantasy/paranormal and romance genres. In a way these genres chose me. When I sat down to write all the story elements flowed in way that seemed right. I am also a big fan of Greek Myth so it was natural for me to pull elements from myth plus I love the ability that these genres give an author. If I want one of my characters to possess a certain superpower then it’s easy to do in these genres. I love that it gives me wide berth not only with the world building but the ability to give your characters the power to be more.
What do you find most challenging about the writing process, and how do you deal with it?
I’ve learnt that you should ‘seize the day’ as best you can. Sometimes trying to balance family life with study is difficult and it does intrude a fair bit. My own method is to make sure I have a notebook(s) or pens in my bag always. The other thing I do is, take a copy of a few pages of my MS with me. It’s amazing how many words you can get down via the old-fashioned pen and paper method. Especially when you are sitting in the car waiting for the kids to finish their afterschool co-curricular activities.
When and where do you do your writing?
I feel more comfortable at home and at my desk but I do like the change and atmosphere of a café from time to time as well as any of the local libraries.
What have you learned about promoting your books?
There are two schools of thought amongst authors here. Some say that they do very little promotion and they get the traction on sales others say the reverse. I’m of the mind that you need to do some promotion otherwise you don’t get much at all. Facebook advertising is a cheap and good way of reaching international audiences. You can isolate areas geographically and use the specific targeting in gender, age, reading interests etc. It is a great tool.
What are you most proud of as a writer?
Apart from the fact that I’m doing what I love, I smile like a loon for the whole day when a reader gets in touch and says they loved my book and to hurry up with series. That just makes all the trials and tribulations of the writing process worth it.
If you could have dinner with any writer, living or dead, who would it be and what would you talk about?
Jane Austen, I’d harass her about Mr. Darcy…drool. Then I’d suggest that she should write a second part to that story.
Efthalia lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband and two children. Her passion for writing was cultivated by the stories her mother told her as a child. She has an MA in Writing and is currently studying the Classics and Archaeology at Sydney University. Phantasma is her debut novel and the first in the Phi Athanatoi Series.
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