Welcome to VERA NAZARIAN, this week’s Blog Ring of Power guest! Vera is a two-time Nebula Award Nominee, award-winning artist, member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and a writer with a penchant for moral fables and stories of intense wonder, true love, and intricacy.
She is the author of critically acclaimed novels Dreams of the Compass Rose and Lords of Rainbow, as well as the outrageous parodies Mansfield Park and Mummies and Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons, and most recently, Pride and Platypus: Mr. Darcy’s Dreadful Secret in her humorous and surprisingly romantic Supernatural Jane Austen Series, and the epic Renaissance fantasy Cobweb Bride Trilogy.
After many years in Los Angeles, Vera lives in a small town in Vermont, and uses her Armenian sense of humor and her Russian sense of suffering to bake conflicted pirozhki and make art.
Her official author website is www.veranazarian.com
Don’t miss the rest of her interview at:
Part 1 @ Terri
Part 3 @ E.M.
Part 4 @ Sandra
Part 5 @ Vicki
PART 2: THE WRITING LIFE
What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine? Do you use pen and paper or computer? Work at home or at the library/Starbucks, etc. In my early years I used to write in longhand. However I developed carpal tunnel and other repetitive stress hand problems due to a computer day job, and since then, have switched to composing directly on the computer. My routine is simple, it is called, “get those dratted words down however and whenever you can, and just get it written,” at any odd hours, especially when on deadline. I usualy prefer perfect silence and peaceful nighttime. No music, and I always write at home. Due to recent problems with not being able to sit for long hours, I switch between working on my lap with my feet up on the sofa, while typing on a split keyboard (the only kind I can really type on, prefer the classic Microsoft Natural KB), and typing while standing up at a desk I’ve rigged up, made of stacked boxes.
How do you balance writing with other aspects of your life? I officially have no life. There, I’ve said it. The last time I’ve had a real vacation (as opposed to a writers convention or conference working “vacation”) was back in the previous millennium. Seriously!
When do you write? As a lifelong night owl, I work best at night. My best writing occurs after midnight, and can go till 7:00 AM. When I had fulltime day jobs, I wrote during lunch, then after I got home till the wee hours (and run on close to no sleep), and on weekends. Now that I am self-employed as a fulltime freelance writer and publisher, I can write pretty much any time I can when on deadline, but I still prefer the hours of darkness. It helps me get into a quiet receptive zen state in order to channel my thoughts.
How much time per day do you spend on your writing? It varies completely. Normally I don’t write every day, when I am between major projects, and my creativity, when relaxed, comes in bursts. But when a deadline looms, I whip myself into a daily frenzy pace, cranking out at least 2,000 words a day (and often more, towards the end) for as long as needed until the book is done. It may take anywhere from two to six hours a day, and sometimes more.
What has been the most surprising reaction to something you’ve written? You know, these days nothing surprises me much anymore. I’ve had the widest range of reactions imaginable. And that’s kind of exciting.
Is your book in print, ebook or both? Ebook, Trade Hardcover, and Trade Paperback.
Please let us know where your readers can stalk you:
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/nazarian
Smashwords Author Page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/VeraNazarian
COBWEB FOREST (Cobweb Bride Trilogy, Book Three) is the third and final book of the intricate epic fantasy flavored by Renaissance history and the romantic myth of Persephone, about death’s ultimatum to the world.
Percy Ayren, ordinary girl from the small village of Oarclaven, and now Death’s Champion, has delivered the Cobweb Bride to Lord Death–or so she thinks!
But nothing is ever as easy as it seems. Percy and Beltain Chidair, the valiant and honorable Black Knight, discover that even more is at stake than anyone could have imagined, when ancient gods enter the fray.
It is now a season of winter darkness. Gods rise and walk the earth in unrelieved desire, and the Longest Night is without end…
Meanwhile, landmarks continue to disappear throughout the realm. The cruel Sovereign’s dead armies of the Trovadii clad in the colors of pomegranate and blood march north… As the mad Duke Hoarfrost continues to lay siege to the city of Letheburg, it is up to Claere Liguon, the Emperor’s dead daughter and the passionate Vlau Fiomarre who killed her, to take a stand against the enemy.
But Percy still has a difficult task to do, the greatest task of all… For in the end the Cobweb Bride awaits, together with the final answer.
At last all the occult mysteries are revealed in this stunning conclusion to the Cobweb Bride trilogy.