I recently had the privilege to interview the very talented author Pauline Creeden.
About Pauline Creeden:
Pauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.
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What inspired you to write your first book?
In college, I studied Creative Writing, but we mostly wrote short stories so it was easy for the whole class to read and critique so we could learn. But I’d never written a full novel until November 2011 – my first NaNoWriMo (which provided me with a deadline). I had written a short story that won a contest, and had several people asking me to write the full novel, so I sat down and wrote Abiding Flame – which was just published last summer with Prism Book Group.
What books have most influenced your life most?
I’ve always found biographies to be inspiring. From Corrie Ten Boom, holocaust survivor, to former Biggest Loser Michelle Aguilar – I read a few of them every year because they help me stay focused on making myself a better person.
What book are you reading now?
All the Stars in the Sky by Sarah Lyons Fleming – it’s book 3 of a contemporary romance/chick lit series set in the Zombie Apocalypse. Awesomeness in every direction.
What books/authors have influenced your writing?
In high school, I discovered Stephen King – after reading everything of his I could get my hands on, I moved on to Anne Rice and John Sanford. The darkness of those stories influences my writing. As an adult, I tended to read more Young Adult books – like Susanne Collins and JK Rowling. They are the authors which help me remember to add hope to my novels, too.
While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?
Always. Every single time. It makes no difference if the character is male or female. When I’m in their point-of-view, I struggle with not switching to first person accidently.