Friday 3 November 2017

Interview with Daphne James Huff

I am delighted to be joined by Daphne James Huff today for an interview! Here's a little bio about Daphne before we move onto the interview.

I have been writing my whole life, and recently decided to take the leap and self-publish my first book on Amazon in April 2017, a YA dystopian with a paranormal twist. This led to a spinoff series of shorts that are more paranormal historical fiction. ​ I have a full-time job, as well as a young son, husband, cat, friends, a yoga addiction... so I don't have tons of time to write/market my work, but I am trying! I am big into researching/analysis/data, so there's a lot of that on the blog. I try to balance it with a bit of inspiration and introspection, too. I have found great resources in the indie community and started my own podcast to be able to share and interact in a new way with other writers. I lived in France for 8 years after college and just moved back in 2016, so readjusting to life in the states has given me a lot of interesting ideas for writing!  

And now the interview!

What kind of books do you read for pleasure?
I really like historical fiction. I studied art history in college in part because of the feeling of immersing myself in the time period through the art. Good historical fiction does the same thing.

What kind of writer are you: plan or not?
I go back and forth. If I have the time, I like to just write and explore the ideas and characters before figuring out plot and scenes and where everything needs to go. But I write much faster when I have a scene fully plotted out, with beats and everything. I can get up to 2500 words an hour that way, and only about half that when just writing to explore.

Do you prefer to type or hand write?
I type the words, but plotting and ideas are often hand written. I need the space on a page to cross things out, add arrows, that kind of thing.

Do you have a writing playlist? Or do you prefer silence?
Quiet is best, though I've started listening to music before I write, to get me into the right mood.

Do you have any hobbies?
I do yoga and I run, but not as much as I used to before I started writing. I have a full-time job and young son, so I have very limited free time! I try to alternate months - one month writing so less yoga/running, then the next month is marketing and planning so I have more time to exercise.

Would you ever like to branch out to a different genre?
I already have! Or at least, in part. I started with YA dystopia, with a paranormal twist, and now I've started writing historical fiction shorts that use some of the same paranormal characters. I wrote a contemporary romance novella as well that I submitted to an anthology. So right now I am still kind of discovering what genre I even want to focus on!

What does your writing space look like?
I usually write in bed. It's very comfortable and I have my notebooks on the night table next to me. Sometimes I'll write on the couch, but because I need the quiet to write, my husband is in the living room watching TV so I can't do it there or in the kitchen.

You can follow Daphne on Facebook, her website, on Amazon, or even on her podcast!

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