Interview with P.S Winn
Q Who are your greatest support – who believes in you?
My family first of all, especially my husband, without his support mentally and financially I could never do this craziness I call being a writer. Next, of course is the readers, without their vivid imaginations the books are just words on paper. Also I have a lot of supporters on Facebook and Twitter who help get the word out about the books.
Q Where do you write from? e.g. Kitchen table? Study? Bedroom? Garden shed?
I actually write anywhere and everywhere. I always carry a notebook with me because I write all the books longhand before I sit down at a typewriter. At home I have a room set up for me and my books. When the weather is nice I love to sit outside and write, I also do a lot of writing in my car while waiting or in doctor’s offices.
Q Do you write at set times e.g. morning, afternoon, evening, very early morning?
I don’t have a set time, I just put the pen on paper and let my imagination run wild. However, I do a lot of writing in my mind, especially in the place that is somewhere between asleep and awake.
Q What motivates you to write?
Everything, I look at something and ideas pop into my head. Of course my characters usually change everything, they have a tendency to take over the books.
Q What are the biggest distractions to your writing time?
My biggest distraction is typing the words I have already written. I don’t mind distractions, I’ve always been the type of person that is better when multiple tasks are set in front of me, I have a hard time focusing on just one thing at a time.
Q What part of the world do you live in?
I live in Montana in the United States. It is a beautiful place with a lot of trees and water everywhere. In the winter it is definitely a winter wonderland. The area is a backdrop for most of my books. I like to say strange things happen in beautiful places.
Q Are you from there originally?
I was born and raised here, but spent thirty years in Southern Utah before returning just over four years ago.
Q Have you ever suffered from writers’ block?
Not yet, I am still waiting, with 31 books in 3 years, I know I will one day say enough and take a break, just not yet, I already have a new book almost ready for publication and another one started.
Q How do you overcome it?
I’ll let you know that one when it happens. LOL!
Q Have you taken any writers’ courses and have they been worthwhile?
Not really, just in school many years ago. I just write what I feel. I am also an avid reader, over 1200 reviews done in 2 years, I think that helps me see what I like and don’t like in books. I hope readers feel when they pick up one of my books it is like sitting in a room with me and listening to an interesting tale.
Q Have you ever belonged to a writers’ group? And what value did you gain from it?
I have never tried this. I might like it, but I am very opinionated and know what I like and sometimes that isn’t the same as what others do.
Q Is self-publishing satisfying enough for you or would you prefer to be traditionally published?
I love self-publishing, but hate self-promoting. If a publisher could help with that, I might try. So far indie publishing is working for me. I can write as fast as I want. With a publisher it takes weeks and weeks for them to get back to you. The stories come at me too fast for that.
Q Have you ever tried to find an agent?
Not yet, but I think that might be better than looking for a publisher. Then again, I am bull headed and set in my ways. I like my books and the writing the way they are. I don’t know how I would take someone trying to change what I write.
Q What would you expect an agent could do for you that you can’t do for yourself?
Mostly the promoting. I have so many books that I spend a lot of time posting them on websites and pushing the sales. Some feedback would be good, mostly I have only the readers’ reviews to go by, although they have been amazing. So many have touched my heart with their kind words about my books.
Q Do you think you can make a full-time career being an Indie writer?
That’s pretty much what I am doing now. My health isn’t that good and there aren’t too many other jobs I can do.
QHow long have you been writing?
I always wrote, especially poems and short stories, but my first published book was in October of 2012.
Q What drew you to want to write a book?
I wanted to have my stories some place safe and have a way to share them with friends and family. I kept the poems and short stories in boxes at my house. When my husband had serious health problems and we had to make a quick move back to Montana, I almost didn’t have room for my writing. I decided then to start putting my ideas into book form and publish them.
Q From where did you get the idea for this current story?
My newest book “Of Jeebies and Journeys” centers around Jed, a man whose wife was attacked and killed by Jeebies, vicious memory stealing spirits. Jed will do anything to help return the memories, even crossing over to the other side himself in hopes of giving them back. I was thinking about people with Alzheimer’s, dementia and brain injuries when I thought of the story and how awful it would be to lose treasured memories. I hope to have this book out in late January or early February.
Q How did you go about developing it?
A lot of research and a lot of imagination, because Jed has to go to heaven and I haven’t been there before. Sometimes though, an undiscovered and unknown place is great to write about because a writer has free reign. I just hope my book matches what I see in my imagination.
Q What is your next project?
I am working on a book that will be called “Dimensions”. I am fascinated by alternate worlds and Parallel Universes and this is a journey into those places.