Q&A with Soliel De Bella
Where are you from? Does the area you live in influence you writing?
I am originally from Montana, I have been in Chicago since the 90’s. I would have to say it does influence some things because Chicago is another world compared to Montana and I you see a lot more in big cities.
Tell us your latest news!
I have been doing some author signings around the Chicago area and it’s been great meeting new authors and readers. I have just been chosen as an entry into an Anthology book with a small piece I wrote, and that was incredible news. I am also doing an interview via skype from New York with On the Roof and I’m looking forward to putting that onto my blog as well.
October has been so busy, I just finished and turned in my fifth book to my publisher and by Christmas I will have another finished making that into a trilogy for my Paranormal ghost series. After that I have two incredible books, one is a Sci-fi and I have already started over the summer, the next is a serial killer thriller and both of these will be under a different pen name which I am not sure if I am releasing or not yet as far as being connected with Soliel.
When and why did you begin writing? What inspired you to write your first book?
I have always been interested in writing, I started a children’s book believe it or not in the 90’s. I was young and didn’t take it seriously, I lived on my own early, so it was just about survival and working. I didn’t start this until 2015 when I was looking for more passive income and got involved with ghost writing, the assignment was and Erotica short with a paranormal twist. Well I finished it in three days and before I turned it in I decided there is no way I can give away my creativity for chump change let alone have someone else put their name on it, so I threw it out into the universe and I got rejections due to my lack of editing. I put it aside knowing I couldn’t afford an editor yet and the following year as an astrologer, my chart said “do it again”, so I did and low and behold two acceptances came in and I have been on the road in my glory ever since.
What book(s) / author(s) have influenced your life and writing?
My favorite author is Anne Bishop, her Black Jewels Trilogy is simply amazing, Our Harry Potter queen is fabulous and I love Dean Koontz books and Anne Rice. I love fantasy there is so much you can do with it.
Tell us about your characters and how they came to be? Have they been in your head for a long time?
My idea comes first the “what if”, from there the characters come to life, I must have a title first to set the scene for myself and I just start writing, I will deal with things as I go, I may change an entire middle or ending but it’s one step at a time with me. I jot things down and build on it and the characters come to life, soon they have names and I figure out their personalities and boom, before you know it, I’m half way through.
What motivates you to write?
Honestly, it’s the feeling of accomplishment. You can call it ego, but to look and say those books…I wrote them, it’s a really freaking good feeling. My readers motivate me, other authors I talk to motivate me. Telling my kids, mom is a writer, motivates me. Looking at where I came from in my life with a messed-up family to now…motivates me.
What is the hardest part of writing?
Getting started. I need to get the gist of where I’m going and once I’m started, I can’t stop, well of course until I hit a wall and my idea gets tossed because I have decided I no longer like it, that can happen too, but mostly starting, it’s so easy to get caught up in ever day life and take that time for yourself, as it is I take no other time for myself.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I am always learning from writing my books, I learn to provide better vocabulary, to make the words have more feeling and depth, I learn to put myself in the part and then describe it so that my reader can feel like they are there. You can’t write and not learn.
Where do you get your ideas?
The cloud….just kidding, maybe I’m just nuts, I don’t know, I have a ton of ideas. I guess I have a nutty imagination.
What does your family think of your writing?
I leave my family and friends out of it. My husband is offered pieces here and there. I am private with my writing.
What is the best advice you would give to inspiring authors?
Write, stop making excuses, know you will be rejected and so has most people, don’t give up on yourself, because only you can make it happen. Pour out your creativity and remember just because one person or twelve people do not like it, you will find the bunch that do, trust me on this.
Put aside your doubts, you don’t have time for that. You spend more time worrying, than doing.
What book are you reading now?
My TBR list is exhausting. I have been too busy to finish my books but I am reading my fellow authors books when I get a chance. I have small children so life is nuts right now.
Soliel De Bella is a mystic and student of the universe, she has worked in many fields including Sign Language Interpreting for the deaf and hard of hearing programs in the public-school settings.
She is a humanitarian, fiercely protective of the planet, children and animals and has committed herself to these causes.
Soliel is a member of Romance Writers of America and writes Erotica among other genre’s.
In her spare time she enjoys Astrology, reading and spending time with her family and two dogs, Voodoo and Akru.
Originally from the Big Sky Country of Montana, she now resides with the love of her life and two beautiful children in Chicago.
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