A serial killer is killing the down and out in a small town. The sheriff has no clues and no suspects, he has to stop the whispered voices the killer is hearing before it is too late, while dealing with his own problems.
My pleasure to welcome P.S. Winn author of SUPPRESSION to name one of many.
Suppression by P.S. Winn
Q.Who are your greatest support – who believes in you?
A. First, my family and friends who have always been right here and have my back. Of course the readers. My reviews have all been good so far and I believe the readers bring their imaginations to my books and finish what I start.
Q.Where do you write from? e.g. Kitchen table? Study? Bedroom? Garden shed?
A. I write anywhere and everywhere, because I write longhand first, this is the easy part.I hate to type, although I am getting better. I always have a pen and paper with me. When I type I type in a study, well not really a study but the room is central. so I know what is going on everywhere else in the house.
Voices by P.S.Winn
Q.Do you write at set times e.g. morning, afternoon, evening, very early morning?
I write all the time, although my most productive times seem to be when I am trying to go to sleep. That’s when the ideas just float around. Also I will just be standing somewhere and suddenly an idea comes and I think oh, that’s what this character or that character does. My characters have lives of their own and I don’t interfere with that, they know more than I do.
Q.What motivates you to write?
A. My dreams show me what to write and my readers motivate me. I have some ask when is the next book, even though I put them out fairly fast, for some it is not fast enough. I also think everything I have ever read adds to my stories. In my book “Obligations”, Josh is able to see auras and this is something I believe people can do. In “Foretold” I went by predictions I read in the Bible
and Edgar Cayce
Foretold by P.S.Winn
Q.What are the biggest distractions to your writing time?
A. Life. I think the worst is promoting my books. This is hard for me I want to get readers to buy my books and know me, but I am not much of a salesperson, nor do I especially want to me. For me it is about writing my thoughts and reading others thoughts. I am an avid book reader also. I think I do everything avidly. just a part of my make-up.
Q.What part of the world do you live in?
A.I live in Northwest Montana
, although I did live in southern Utah
. One extreme to the other, here it is cool and wet and there it is hot and dry. I have family and friends in both places.
Q.Are you from there originally?
A:Yes, born and raised here, although I did spend many years in Utah where my husband is from and a little time in Idaho
Heartfelts by P.S.Winn
Q.Have you ever suffered from writers’ block?
A.No, not yet. Like I said I write everything longhand and when I put my pen on paper something magical happens and the words flow. It has always been this way for me. Before I began novels two years ago, I wrote Poems and short stories, I have thousands. Mostly in a closet gathering dust.
Q.How do you overcome it?
A. Nothing to overcome and hopefully it will stay that way, some people think I write like I talk, non-stop.
Q.Have you taken any writers’ courses and have they been worthwhile?
A. Not really, just what they offered in school and I did write a lot of short stories then, too many years ago to count.
BA-47 by P.S.Winn
Q.Have you ever belonged to a writers’ group? And what value did you gain from it?
A.No, I haven’t even heard of one in my area. I do belong to book groups on Facebook
, but that is more a promotional deal.
Q.Is self-publishing satisfying enough for you or would you prefer to be traditionally published?
A . I do enjoy self publishing because I am my own boss, and am able to write what I feel. The one draw back is the promotion part of it all. I am not good at it and have only been doing this for just under two years, so I am learning something new everyday. I have to say I have been very lucky in those who have helped me in learning the ropes and in promoting my books for me.
Q.Have you ever tried to find an agent?
A. I have one who is now looking at my novels. This is the first I have tried either with an agent or a publisher, probably afraid of rejection.
Obligations by P.S.Winn
Q.What would you expect an agent could do for you that you can’t do for yourself?
A. Mostly the promotion because I am sure they know of more avenues than I do.
Q.Do you think you can make a full-time career being an Indie writer?
A. I am doing that, but I work part time to just get away from things. I have a tendency to be a little compulsive and once I get on twitter
I have a hard time leaving. It takes me A long time to just thank all that have helped me. I tell each person Thank you individually and that takes a while, but feel right to me.
Q.How long have you been writing?
A. All my life I wrote, not novels like now, but I wrote poems, short stories and journals. I just feel at home with a pen in my hand.
Capernicious by P.S. Winn
Q.What drew you to want to write a book?
A. I have always wanted to write one. When I was a child I would read a book and think I can do better than this or I could add something that would have made this story better. In 2011 we moved to Montana
for my husband’s health, just picked up what we could and left. Because of room issues I almost left my writing behind and realized then how important it was too me. I found a place to stash it and when we got settled here I decided it was time to put my writing in to books and that would be one way of preserving my stories.
Q.From where did you get the idea for this current story?
A. My last story is based on a true story and because of that I knew where it was going and had help from the person the story is about, no real names mentioned. In the book he is Dan Warren and he went through a lot and continues to this day. This was a story I felt had to be written.
Pacific Passage by P.S. Winn
Q.How did you go about developing it?
A.When I write I start with a list of my characters and what I feel they look like and personalities, then I make a sort of time line, but I usually don’t stick to an outline because my characters always want to change everything anyway. Their personalities are sometimes overwhelming.
Q.What is your next project?
A. I actually have two novels going, I think the one that will be finished first is a ghost story, but it is also about suppressed memories. The other project is about werewolves, something I wasn’t sure if I would try because so many have been done, but while traveling I saw a place we went through that was a perfect setting and my mind took off. I also have a thought about a secret place where the government is hiding some pretty strange secrets, but that is getting too far ahead. I do that sometimes.
Pamela, thank you very much for sharing with us today. Fr those of you wanting to purchase or see more about Pamela’s book’s click HERE