Interview: Heather S. Ingemar

Like many writers, Heather S. Ingemar has discovered the power of Twitter. It’s not just a unique social networking tool, it’s a great way to marketing your books and interact with fans. I think her take on writer’s block is spot on. What do you think?

Enjoy this interview.

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Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?

Well, my name is Heather S. Ingemar, and I’m a Pacific Northwest native — lived here all my life. ‘How long have I been writing’ is kind of a tricky question; though I’ve always been a storyteller, I didn’t actually start pursuing it seriously until college — about five years ago.

What type of writing do you do?

I write a lot of what you’d call dark fantasy with horror mixed in — I find the term ‘gothic’ seems to really fit my work because it evokes all the elements I find myself using: supernatural/fantasy, horror, romance, mystery…

I started out writing fiction for adults, but recently developed an interest in YA — I love how exciting it can be, teens still think they can do anything and everything’s still fresh and new — and so I started focusing on that genre this last year. It seems to fit my writing style, too.

What’s the best thing about writing?

I love the escape.

Share some of your writing goals.

Well, someday I’d like to write a novel — right now I write a lot of short stories, a lot of novellas, and I’d like to take on the “big one” sometime. Another pipe-dream of mine is to be featured in an anthology alongside a bunch of today’s big-name authors. That would be… awesome.

Is there a specific time of day you like to write?

Not really. Whenever I get some time is about the name of the game. I’m a rancher’s wife, and I also work in a library, so I’m usually pretty busy, especially during the warm-weather months. I have to get creative with my time. I love winter — it gets dark early, so after dinner I can get in a few hours before it’s time to go to bed.

What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?

Well, that’s a hard question! (laughs) I really don’t have an answer to that one. Either I like a book or I don’t; as a reader I don’t get too picky. I am a fan of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes’ books, though. I like her stuff.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When the stuff I wrote on my paper matched what was in my head.

Favorite authors?

Another really hard question! Ameila Atwater-Rhodes, Ellen Schreiber, Stephen King, Anne McCaffrey, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle… That list could go on and on and on…

Book you’re currently reading.

Not reading anything at the moment, although I do have the novella, “My Soul to Lose” by Rachel Vincent loaded onto my handheld for reading during my next business trip.

Any type of writing ritual you have?

I love coffee. And tea. ‘Nuff said.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how did you get past it? If not, why not?

I don’t really believe in writer’s block, because there’s always something you can put down on that paper. It may not be the “right” thing, but you can always put down something. If I find myself having difficulties, it’s usually a sign I need to take a break, so stepping back from the work helps. I’ve also found that writing bits of scenes later in the tale helps too. Kind of jump-starts the creative juices.

What’s the measure of a successful writer?

I believe you are successful if you are writing what you love, and enjoying sharing it with others. I also think you are successful if you take the time to perfect your craft, if you care that much about a beautiful sentence that you spend those hours studying to get it right. And, I believe you are successful when the people you share your stuff with, through your words, love it just as much as you do.

Advice for other writers?

Quality, not quantity. Make it good, people, the best that you can.

Where can we learn more about you?

I’ve got a website, http://ingemarwrites.wordpress.com/ and I’m also on a couple different social networks, GoodReads (http://goodreads.com/heatheringemar) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/heatheringemar). I love Twitter…

Anything else you’d like to add?

Thank you for having me, Cherie.

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