Today I have the honor of introducing
Drummond, the author of the amazing book “Blood Faerie” that I had the privilege of reviewing a few weeks ago. I am honored to introduce to you, India Drummond. India
1) Where are you from?
. Since university, I’ve moved around a lot, and ten years ago I settled in Oklahoma City . I love it here. The people are friendly, the air is clean, the sky is gorgeous every single day, the scenery is lush and the weather is cool. Perth, Scotland
2) When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I’ve written stories from the time I was nine, but I didn’t write a novel until after university. I probably started it when I was around twenty-one (it took me years to finish though). That’s much different from my current pace. Now I can write a first draft in a couple of months.
3) Do you ever come up with anything so wild that you scare yourself, that leaves you wondering where that came from?
Oh sure. I think authors HAVE to let their minds go to the places that scare them. If there’s no surprise / fear / lust / laughter for the author, there won’t be for the reader either.
4) Do you ever research real events, legends, or myths to get ideas?
History, sometimes. If I refer to a real place, I like to get my facts straight. But as far as getting ideas, no. I like to create my own world with my own rules, and I prefer not to be influenced by what everyone else is doing. I love it that I get reviews saying how unique my take on something is. I doubt I could manage that as well if I studied the common lore first.
5) What do you do to unwind and relax?
has been one of my favourite things since moving here. It’s so much fun to drive the back-roads and come across little shops, cafes, or hiking trails that are not the usual tourist destinations. A couple of years ago my mother came to visit and we found a shop on a winding highland road where a guy was selling decorative items made out of horn from goats, sheep and cattle. My mother bought a set of tiny carved horn spoons that were amazing. These kinds of things are like treasure to me. Scotland
6) When did you first consider yourself a writer?
As long as I knew what a writer was. I remember the day I learned that there were people who made up the stories in my story books, and I was filled with awe. (I had asked my mother why someone else’s name was printed on the front of my book.) I used to make up plays and perform them with sock-puppets my mom and I would sew. My father built me a puppet theatre out of a refrigerator box. If there is such a thing as a born storyteller, that was me. I can’t stop making things up.
7) Do you ever suffer from writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?
Not really, and it’s not something I’m particularly sympathetic about. I hear people talking about it, but I don’t understand it. If a story isn’t working, I work on something else. If I don’t know what I want to happen next, I go through a series of questions to help myself better understand the character’s motivations, and that usually gets me back on track. But writing is a job. Plumbers don’t suffer from plumbers block. Yes, it’s a creative job, but it’s a job. I put my butt in the chair and my hands on the keyboard and I work, whether I’m feeling creative or not.
8) How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?
Now that I’ve written several books, I do have a process that works for me, yes. I have developed a series of questions about the characters and their goals. This helps me define them and understand what they want, what they fear, and how they change over the course of a story. This makes it very easy for me to sketch out an outline. I never used to outline, but by using this method, I rarely paint myself into corners any more.
9) What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?
I used to be a programmer, but I found it to be soulless work. Now I’m doing something I love every single day, and the hard work hardly seems like work at all.
10) Are you working on any books/projects that you would like to share with us?
I’ve begun work on the sequel to Blood Faerie. It’s called Azuri Fae, and it has some similar elements, including a mystery, but this time it’s a disappearance, not a murder. Although it will still be set in
, I plan to incorporate more of the Otherworld in this one, and readers can also expect to learn more about Eilidh and Munro and what their magical connection means. Of course, my plans are always flexible, so even I don’t know exactly what the finished draft will look like. I’m as eager to find out as anyone! Scotland
I just want to say thank you so much for the opportunity to connect with your readers and share a little bit of my world with them.
Thank you so much for sharing India! Wishing you much success on all your endeavors!
Interviewed by Witchofthemists.