Friday, March 13, 2020

Writing Warriors United Spotlight Interview with Carrie Humphrey

Writing Warriors United Spotlight Author Interview with Carrie Humphrey

What is the first book that made you cry? 

 I’m a cryer so I can’t remember the first book that made me cry, most of them do! A few that stand out those have to be the House of Night Series by PC and Kristen Cast. I ugly cried a few times in that one. Also the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward, another ugly cry there. Anything by Nicholas Sparks, there is no helping that one.

Does writing energize or exhaust you? 

I think it does both. I have all the energy in the world to write until I can’t. Then I get about half way through and am tired and want to stop. But, then the ideas pick up again and there goes the energy. It’s a weird eb and flow, but if I don’t write, i’m down right miserable.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?  

Thinking about what comes after the book. Sure, there is a lot to do, but you can’t do any of it unless you have a finished product. Avoid the what comes after trap and focus on just writing!

What is your writing Kryptonite? 

Youtube. Pinterest. The internet. Snacks. Squirrel! Wait, what? Writing is the easy part but staying focused long enough to do it. . . I am the worst!

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer? 

Authors are some of the best people I have ever met. And I’ve traveled a lot. We aren’t in computation with each other, we don’t fight over who gets who for fans and sales. What we do is share information, share readers, bounce ideas off each other, and show unconditional support. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for the fellow authors I have met.

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? 

This may be a weird answer, but I think it had to be what I spent on my first signing. That gave me a good look at what Indie authors do, the interaction between author and reader, the high that came with meeting new people, everything. Being an author can be lonely, sitting behind a computer jabbing away at the keyboard, but it doesn’t have to be all the time and doing a signing showed me that!

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal? 

A sloth? LOL. Just kidding, but kinda not. Goodness, I don’t know, that’s a hard question! If I’m being honest, my favorite animal is a flamingo so let’s say thats me, the wildly unique flamingo!

What does literary success look like to you? 

If one person I don’t know reads my works and likes it enough to review it or reach out to tell me, I consider that a success. I won’t lie, money would be great. A netflix deal, brilliant. But, when it comes down to it, having just one person say they loved what I wrote makes me feel like I’ve succeeded in what I set out to do!

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex? 

I want me to think just like me, and I am constantly reminded by my husband that they don’t. Men’s brains, to my understanding, are wired completely differently and sometimes that’s a challenge to get into. That and I don’t have a penis so writing about one is hard (see what I did there. . HAHAHAHA).

How do you select the names of your characters? 

I am the worst when it comes to names. Google is my friend. Credits from movies is another great place to find names. But generally, I’m super bad at coming up with them!

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find? 

I do! And I love when I get the messages from where those people have found the secerts!

What was your hardest scene to write? 

I don’t like killing anyone, so those scenes are always the worst. Also, at first, sex scenes were hard to do, my inner prude was a mess, but over the years that’s gotten easier.

What is your favorite childhood book? 

Not as a young child, but Lost World by Michael Crichton when I was in middle school. Life changer.

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process? 

My ADHD. I get so distracted! If I could just sit down and do the writing thing, I’d be set. But alas, I will continue to do a million things at once!

When you die – what would you like the universe to say to you as you walk into the next life? 

That was kind. That I did my best, tried my hardest, and was a good human. Then I’d like the universe to say: Buckle up kid, it's time for round two!

Check out Carrie Humphrey over at Amazon


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