Phoebe Ritter Q&A | Indieathon

Good morning (or whatever time of day it is for you) and welcome to the first Indieathon Q&A on my blog!

Phoebe is a YA fantasy fiction writer who currently has an independent book out ready for you all to pick up and read! Daughter of the Zel is available on Amazon and sounds seriously epic.  You can also follow Phoebe on twitter here and before you read the Q&A I'd just like to say a massive thankyou to her for answering our questions!

Tell us a little about yourself
Hmmm... what to say. I'm from the UK, specifically North Wales, so I've been lucky to grow up around some beautiful scenery which I'd like to include more in my stories. I can't listen to music when I'm writing but need something with a fast tempo for editing. When I'm not reading or writing (or adult-ing) I can be found indulging in my love of history; I love a good castle. My favourite colour is blue, I'll always pick forests over beaches and I'm unapologetically a dog person.

If you could choose one book (other than your own), that you wish everyone in the world could read, what would it be?
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I'm practically an evangelist for this book and as a Pratchett and Gaiman fan, I know it is a great introduction to both writers.

How did you get the idea for Daughter of the Zel?
I get most of my ideas from that period before I properly wake up, i.e. when I'm having a lucid dream. I don't doubt I've forgotten a lot of stuff I could have used, but sometimes an idea will repeat on me so many times that I'll write it down so my mind can forget it. (My Twitter bio admits this!)  Daughter of the Zel was by no means the first novel which has emerged from my need to clear my mental browsing history, but it is the first time I've had the confidence to put my writing out there.

What is it like to indie/self-publish your book?
Terrifying and thrilling. I thought it would be really lonely but, between my beta readers and the Twitter writing community, I've had some great support and encouragement and the feeling I get when I see someone has bought my book on Amazon is just amazing. The experience has given me the confidence to continue indie publishing.

Don't forget to keep an eye on the Indieathon twitter page for more author Q&A's as well as a couple of lovely giveaways throughout the month!

eloise x

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