Guest Author Interview
Every few weeks I post a guest author interview on my blog where we get a little peak into an author's life! This week we're chatting with January Daphne, author of the Carolina Witch Cozy Mystery Series. Have a question for January? Don't be afraid to leave a comment!
January Daphne writes about ghosts, witches, vampires, and things that go bump in the night. She lives in Atlanta, and when she's not writing, you can find her binge watching Netflix and exploring new coffeeshops!
1. How long does it take you to write a full novel? AND...what's a typical writing day look like for you?
A novel takes me about 6-8 weeks to write, edit and publish. The first draft takes me about a month to write. I'll leave it alone of a day or two after I finish the draft before I start editing.
When I edit, I ask myself two questions: "Does this make sense?" and "Is this captivating?". If the answer to those questions is yes, I know the book is ready to go to my proofreader. If not, I go through and rewrite dialogue, scenes and sometimes entire chapters.
On my first book, Carolina Witch, I had to rewrite almost 70% of the book in the second draft. For the other books, I outlined before beginning, so the first drafts came out with fewer issues. The editing process usually takes about 10 days.
A typical day starts at 7am when I wake up, pack my backpack and walk to a cafe to get my dose of delicious iced coffee. I'll get an hour of writing done at the shop on my iPad. Then I'll stop at my favorite spot in Piedmont Park on the way home to do another hour of writing. Then at home, I'll write in 25 min bursts until my brain is tired--usually that happens around 3PM or so. I'll spend one more hour creating marketing graphics and doing admin tasks before I call it a day!
2. Beside's writing, what are you most passionate about?
I'm kind of a witch myself! In the morning, I love drawing tarot cards or deciphering messages from the leftover tea leaves in my mug. During my workday, I'll arrange crystals around my writing desk to maximize productivity and creativity. I also have several mason jars on my windowsill where I grow herbs--I call it my witch garden. Sure, the witchcraft in the Carolina Witch books is exaggerated--you won't see me astral projecting into my handsome neighbor's cabin anytime soon--but I do believe in actual real life magic. it makes life so much more fun.
3. If you could travel to any location to write a novel, where would you go and why?
Oooooh... this is a fun question. I'd want to travel to an old haunted mansion in Louisiana because the resident ghosts would provide me with endless inspiration. Also, I'd probably be too scared to sleep, so I'd have so much more time to write!
4. What's the latest show you binge watched?
I recently watched all 8 seasons of the Vampire Diaries in 3 weeks. I'm weirdly proud of that, and I regret NOTHING.
5. Tell us something most people don't know about you!
I read that Marie Kondo book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up". It inspired me to sell almost all of my possessions and live out of two 50-pound suitcases for three years while I traveled the world. I've since settled down in a cute apartment Atlanta (for now).
A word from January!
A lot of people ask me where I get my ideas from. My answer: I pick a mythological creature to be at the center of the mystery. Then I spend a week or so reading books and watching YouTube videos about that creature. Because there are already so many legends regarding supernatural beings, all I have to do is figure out a way to make all of that ancient folklore fit into a modern day story.
The Carolina Witch Cozy Mystery Series
When her estranged aunt dies mysteriously, Natalie inherits a haunted mountain lodge, a spoiled Rottweiler, and... magical powers. Will she reject her birthright and go back to her old life, or will she stay and unmask the monster who cut her aunt’s life short?
Thank you, January, for joining us today and sharing a little bit of your writing process and a behind the scenes peek at your personal life 🙂
Don't forget, you can ask January a question in the comments (I'll make sure she sees it) and of course shoot on over to her website where you'll learn more about her books.