Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I wrote my first book in high school. It is terrible. I thought it was the most EPIC BOOK EVAR, at the time. Woo, yeah. Bad. Things have steadily gotten better in the subsequent dozen or so books. Every time I write a book, seventeen other ideas spark. It’s getting crowded in my brain….and I’m kind of okay with that.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“A Griffin Scorned” is my latest book. A multitude of things inspired it. The massage parts are my perspective when I’m giving a massage. Few people know what it’s like in a massage therapist’s head and it was fun to share that with others. I might have had an alterior motive of making people want massage.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I need music with words playing to write to. Not just any music. It has to be music I know well enough to sing to without thinking about it.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
There are several books that inspired me by being bad (which I shall not mention). But authors I aspire to be: Steinbeck; J. K. Rowling, Gail Carriger, Orwell, Ilona Andrews, Bill Konigsburg.
What are you working on now?
I am polishing up a one-handed, one-eyed witch story (Diary of a Mad Black Witch), I have an emerging fury story that is title-less, and and outline for the sequel of A Griffin Scorned.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My best promoting website for promotions remains Facebook. I’ve fostered a lot of strong relationships via social networking. But the best promotion method is face to face contact.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
The first book is always crap, no matter how much you love it. That is fine. That is normal. Just keep working. You will only get better by continuing to write. Also, never forget the importance of reading.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
What are you reading now?
Hyperspace by Michio Kaku and Sailor Song by Ken Kasey.
What’s next for you as a writer?
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Decameron by Niccolo Boccaccio. Beauty: A Retelling by Robin McKinley. My Story by Alicia Appelman-Jurmann. Charlotte’s Web.
Author Websites and Profiles
Veronica R. Calisto Website