My guest today is Author Macy Farmer, please help me make her feel welcome.
Welcome Macy, let’s start with you telling us a little about yourself including where you are from.
Well, I was born and raised in southeastern Pennsylvania. The youngest of three, I started telling stories and making up songs at a very early age.
When I hit my teenage years, I began drawing, and writing poems and short stories. Mostly dark poems filled with sadness and heartbreak.
Today, a hopeless romantic with a creative imagination I like to spend my free time writing. If I’m not writing, then I’m reading.
Can you tell us about your books and how you got started.
In this first series of The Magic of Black Forest: Dreamlike State, I introduce Natalia Middleton and Bradley Jenkins.
Natalia is single, in her mid-twenties and has a special gift. She can see random glimpses of the present and future. To escape from her reality Natalia spends her days in a dreamlike world fantasizing about the man of her dreams. Long overdue for a vacation Natalia surfs the internet and finds the perfect place, Black Forest. Located high in the rural mountains of central Pennsylvania, Black Forest promises to give her an adventurous excursion.
Tragically, a week prior to her trip, she was forced to witness the horrific accident that took the lives of the two people she loved most, her parents. Unable to control her gift, Natalia watched as a drunk driver lost control and collided into her parent’s car. As her mother took her last breath Natalia heard her say, “I love you, Natalia.”
After the burial, Natalia left as planned. Once she arrived at Black Forest she knew that she had made the right decision.
Bradley has it all except for the one thing he wants most, a soul mate to spend eternity with. He didn’t believe in love at first sight. That all changed when he saw Natalia the first day she arrived to Black Forest. He felt drawn to her as if under a spell. As he watched her from afar he struggled and fought against his primal instincts to take her into his arms and claim her as his very own. Instead of giving into his heated desires he devised a plan that he hoped would make her his then set it in motion.
When the two meet sparks fly…
The Magic of Black Forest continues with Awakening:
To protect Natalia, Bradley accepts his fate when he awakens the one thing he’s spent his entire life fighting to control.
A plan to defeat their enemies has been set in motion when Bradley puts Natalia into hiding with a trusted friend. While Bradley hunts down their enemies the man he trusted to protect the love of his life makes a move to win Natalia’s heart.
The deception continues when Bradley’s ex-lover shows up for dinner. And food is not on her menu, Bradley is.
But it’s not their enemies that will drive Natalia away from Bradley. It’s his broken promises.
Will Natalia and Bradley say “I do,” or will their enemies tear them apart?
How do ‘The Magic’ get started? Bradley… he is how it started. Over and over again I heard him telling me a story about an extraordinary young woman that he was crazy about. At first the beginning of the series was written from Bradley’s perspective. That all changed when Natalia found her voice. Once she started talking Bradley willingly let her take the reigns. After finishing the series I went back and rewrote the first half with Natalia narrating.
What made you decide to write books?
Unaware at the time, an experience I had in the third grade started me on my path to becoming a writer. I had an assignment to write a short story. I had to create a character list and plot… Throughout my school years, that was an assignment I truly enjoyed. It took me away from my reality at the time and allowed me to create a world of fantasy, one that had a happy ever after. It thrilled me to no end when my teacher pulled me aside after class to tell me she loved my story and that I would make a good author if I choose to do so. For decades her words have been in the back of my mind. Although I dabbled in poetry and short stories over the years, it wasn’t until I watched my sister battling cancer and fulfilling her lifelong dreams that I truly became inspired to fulfill my dream of becoming a writer. Seeing her achieve every goal she had while fighting cancer, raising a family and working full time… My sister is my truest inspiration. She is why I started writing. She taught me that anything is possible if you want it bad enough, that any goal can be met, if you just reach for it. More importantly, that your life could end in the blink of an eye so live it to the fullest.
In 2010, the last year of her life, I picked up a pen, yes I said, ‘pen’, and starting writing Natalia’s story. I haven’t stopped since. (Love you Lynn XOXOX)
What was your inspiration for your books?
Besides my sister, who is my greatest inspiration, the forest. There’s just something about the mountains, miles and miles of rural land. Being surrounded by mother nature and watching wildlife, it’s inspiring. That’s why I enjoy going to the mountains in upper Pennsylvania. It’s so relaxing. Clears the mind and helps to get my creative juices to flow. When I need a quick pick me up, we will take a long walk through one of the many parks in Lower Bucks County.
How do you create your characters?
Like Bradley, they just come to me. As the story unfolds, the character’s voice is heard. They even have the final decision on naming themselves or each other. Take Natalia for example. At first her name was Harley, one of my favorite names. But, unfortunately, anytime Bradley ‘spoke’ to her he used the name Natalia. I’d be thinking Harley but wrote Natalia. Throughout the first couple chapters both names were used. In the end I made the necessary changes. I’m glad I did. After completing her series I realized she’s not a Harley, she’s definitely more of a Natalia.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
My characters tell the story. Most of the time when writing the series I was unaware of what was going to happen until it happened. Some things I wrote didn’t make sense until book 3 and 4. It was like I was building a puzzle without having seen the top of the puzzle box beforehand. Once finished, I was like, “Oh, okay. Now, that makes sense.” *laughs*
If you have a publisher, what has it been like working with them?
Book Rhythm has taught me how to be a better: writer and editor (Still working on this. Not real good at it.). They’ve taught me how important it is to build my fan base and to market my books. I would not have come this far without them. Slowly but surely they are teaching how to self publish on my own. After Awakening, they will publish two more of my books before kicking me out of the nest (so to speak) so that I can spread my wings and fly solo. Even after that I will still seek guidance and advice from the dynamic duo. To sum it up, loving every minute working with them. Although they no longer do publishing, I highly recommend them for editing, formatting and especially marketing! They, in my opinion, are the best at what they do.
Do you have an agent?
No. At the moment I don’t feel an agent is needed.
What challenges did you face as you wrote this book?
Editing and revising are the most difficult for me. Takes me FOREVER! Especially revising and adding additional details after the series has been written.
What is your writing schedule like? Do you strive for a certain amount of words each day?
Once I start writing, I don’t want to stop. I will write every chance I can. I spent many of my lunch hours sitting in my jeep writing. Turn on the heat or AC, blast the radio and pull out the laptop. Once the voices start talking I don’t want to break the momentum.
That’s when I write. Editing… I have a bad habit of putting it off until the very last minute. *laughs*
When I finally do start editing, I don’t stop until it’s done.
How do you cope with writer’s block?
I work on another project or read a couple books. It’s very frustrating when the voices stop talking, especially when they’re just being stubborn. Fortunately, that happened only once. It lasted about a week so I moved onto writing a new book. After writing about 30K words Natalia finally started talking again.
Which writers influence you the most?
There are too many to pick just one.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks)?
Preferably outside but typically in my living room. Music must be playing in the background. It sets the mood. Just give me some alone time with my laptop, music in the background and my thesaurus, and I’m all set.
You have told us what you like to write, to help you relax, what do you like to read?
Romance, paranormal, and erotic. I also like suspense. I’m a hopeless romantic. If there’s a love story in the book, i’ll read it.
What plans have you got for future books?
The Magic of Black Forest will continue. In book 5, Izzy will narrate. New characters will be introduced. Natalia, Bradley, and the rest for the original characters will makes appearances in Izzy’s story. Books 6 and 7 will be narrated by two other characters while ending the series with Dave (he is one of the characters in Natalia’s story) narrating in book 8. I can’t wait to finish these books.
I’ve also started a book with 4 short stories, titled: You again.
What is the hardest part of being an author?
Besides editing, selling books. I’m not one to sell myself or my books. I’m not fond of asking my readers to add a review after reading my books. But, I’ve since learned (Thanks to Book Rhythm) that it is all necessary to sell books. The more reviews my books receive and the more I interact with fans via social media, the more my books will sell. Bonus: I’ve made several new friends while interacting with my readers. Some have become family.
Lastly, can you describe the feeling when you saw your published book for the first time?
Humbled, grateful, overwhelmed… a mixture of feelings.
I’m thankful and truly blessed.