Fellowship of Fantasy Writers Blog Tour – Day 16 – Danielle Ross

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Today we reach the final day of the Fellowship of Fantasy Writers Blog Tour. I hope everyone enjoyed our magical trip around the globe. Today’s guest is blogger, writer, and artist, Danielle Ross.

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Tell us a little about yourself Danielle.

I have a Master’s of Science in Biology, and currently teach at a local University as an adjunct. I’m also an artist and crafter, and currently make wands from natural pecan wood, tumbled gemstones, and suede.

Danielle also has two furry friends that help her through her day!

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What originally drew you to writing, Danielle?

I loved to read, and had a number of stories in my head that I had to get out

Do you have any unusual writing habits?

I often make things from my stories. Whether it is the costume of one of the characters, or a sculpture of one of the creatures that I made up for the story. I do like to make up creatures where it is needed. XD

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What authors or books have influenced you?

There are too many books to list, but some of my favorite authors include, Kate Elliot, Kristen Britain, Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, Eric Van Lustbader, Lee Martindale, Tanith Lee, Gale Greeno, David Gemmell, etc. XD

What are you working on now?

Currently I’m working on my wands and wand shop. I have a couple of stories that I’m playing with writing, and trying to get one of my manuscripts ready for submission.

What most inspires your stories?

My dreams. I usually wake up in the mornings with very vivid dreams that I remember every detail of, and no, I’m not in my underwear.  XD  But I am flying or fighting in a battle of some sort.

Do you have a special time of day that you prefer to write?

Whenever I can sit down and do it really.

Do you have any tips on overcoming writer’s block?

Just start writing, even if it’s just random thoughts out of your head. Usually, if you get that out, then you can concentrate and think about the story.

Are you an e-book person, or do you prefer to own a hard copy?

I prefer to own hard copies. E-books are too easily lost.  I mean, all that has to happen is a server crash, virus, drop your e-reader in some water, and all your books are gone.  Hard copies at least take a major disaster to destroy.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

My main character is typically a strong female type. She either has some special skill, or something in her background that makes her important to the story.  Often she is the key to reaching the ultimate end of the story.

What genre do you prefer to write in, and why?

Sword and sorcery style fantasy. I don’t want to call it epic, as that implies a series or great writing.  True some of my stories are series length, but most can be kept short to one story.

Have you ever been involved in a collaborative project with another author? If not, is it something you would like to do in future?

No, and no. I’m too controlling a person to be able to really compromise.

Do you set yourself a daily word target? If so, how often do you meet it?

Only during NaNo, and most days I can hit the target easily, other days I have trouble. Usually though, I just sit and write and see what happens.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?

Physical books will never go away, but they will become more of a luxury item since e-books are so easy to get and store. I think I’ll lose my mind if all the books I want in the future are only available as e-books. I don’t trust technology, and a physical book’s battery never runs out, nor does the software crash and loses a library worth of books. With physical books, it takes a library fire to lose that many stories.

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Connect with Danielle on her blog, A World in a Grain of Sand and find her art on her website, www.handmadewands.com

And be sure check out my visit today on C.B. Mac Gillavry’s blog where she is reviewing P.A.W.S. and Argentum.

Finally, make sure you enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win many goodies from the authors featured in the Fellowship of Fantasy Writers blog tour.

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