Author Interview with Janelle Stadler

What is your writing process?  Well, I start with an idea (obviously lol) and then I think about it for a while. There’s usually a good six to twelve months between the time I get my initial idea to the point where I actually start to write it. I like to have the entire story worked out before I put anything on paper. The writing process itself takes me about three to four months, and then another month for edits. I’m not one to write anything down as I go, so I usually have all my plotlines worked out in my head from the start. However, the characters do tend to take on a life of their own, so sometimes the story can change along the way. I always know where I need it to end, but the road to get there isn’t always a straight one.

Who or what influences your writing?  Authors that I love and look up to influence me. Sometimes I find that if I’m reading something else as I’m writing my own novel, their style of writing can start to have an effect on my own. A lot of the times I won’t let myself read if I’m in the middle of writing my own book. You always want to be true to your own style and what you’re comfortable with, but I think it’s inevitable that you’ll be influenced by the authors you enjoy the most yourself as a reader.

What do you consider your best accomplishment? My children 🙂

How have personal experiences influenced your writing? Honestly, I don’t know if they really have. My writing is always an escape for me from whatever is going on in my life, so I usually just make things up that have no connection to my real life.

What’s the best thing about being an author? Getting to hear and read other people’s reactions. As much as I love the process of actually writing the story, it’s when I finally get it out there and start hearing back from readers that makes it really worth it for me. Their enthusiasm and support it what keeps me going.

Which authors inspire you? I think all the authors I’ve had the pleasure of meeting or getting to know through social media inspire me. It’s nice to see them go through a lot of the same things I do, and it helps to know that we can all find support in one another. Everyone works so hard at this that you can’t help but be inspired by it, especially as an indie who has to do a lot of the work ourselves.

What is your favorite genre to read? Write? I love to read pretty much every genre, except maybe horror and suspense. I’m a chicken so I don’t like to be scared. Otherwise, I read a large variety of genres, both YA, NA or adult. Writing, I feel most at home with fantasy. I think it’s because there are no boundaries or limitations when it comes to fantasy, so I can just let my imagination run wild.

What is the hardest thing about writing?  Finding the time to do it! Seriously, once I start going I’m fine, but when you work full time and have two kids on top of it, there’s not very many hours left in the day to really sit down and hammer out a good portion of your novel.

What is your favorite quote?  “You can’t always get what you want”. I use that often with my children 😉

What advice would you give to your younger self? To just be happy with who you are and not let yourself get caught up in whatever else other people are doing.

What would you like to say to your readers? That I love them, but they already know that 🙂

janelle stalder

Janelle Stalder was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. At an early age she developed a love for literature. Her debut novel, Eden, was the first book in a series of four, released in September of 2011. The second book, Eden-West, was released in July of 2012, and the third book, Eden-South was released in March of 2013. The fourth book of the Eden Series, Eden-East, will be release at the end of 2013. She is a strong supporter of other independent authors, and loves to interact with her readers. When she’s not writing, Janelle is at home with her husband, two children, Aiden and Elora, and her two furry children, Alice and Lily. She now resides in the small town in Ontario in her old, possibly haunted, century home.

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