Brief Bio: Siobhan Muir is a bestselling author of paranormal romance and romantic suspense, and the host of #ThursThreads flashfiction challenge. She’s taught flashfiction as an interactive storytelling technique in virtual worlds and as an exercise for better novel writing.
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Q: At what point did you decide to make writing a profession? What got you started in the industry?
A: I’d always wanted to write professionally, but for a long time it didn’t seem possible. But in 2009 a friend suggested I join a writing group in town and I had access to some of the industry tricks of the trade. That pushed me to put my work out to a publisher.
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I’ve been writing since I was 10 years old and had my first full length fan-fiction novel by the age of 13. They didn’t even have the term “fan-fiction” when I wrote it.
Q: What is your genre?
A: I started out in paranormal romance, but branched into romantic suspense as well.
Q: If you could write in any other genre, what would it be?
A: I think I’m going to tackle western romance next.
Q: Where do you get your plot ideas?
A: Plot ideas are like rainstorms for me. Some of them come out of nowhere and just dump on me. Others build up until they become so annoying I have to write them down. Mostly if I have a story idea, I figure out what would make the most sense to develop it and then write it.
Q: Who or what inspires you?
A: I get inspiration from a lot of places. Movies with scenes I want to fix, a lyric from a song, a social issue facing the world right now. And stories of people doing extraordinary things. Put them all together and you get a fun tale.
Q: Do you have a favorite “brain food,” a.k.a. snack food, when writing?
A: No, I don’t usually eat while writing, I make myself take breaks and eat at my table. But I need something to drink while writing to keep the ideas flowing. Coffee, tea, water, things like that.
Q: How do you approach a difficult scene? Do you tackle it head on or take time to mull it over?
A: It depends on what kind of difficult scene. Some of them I just grit my teeth, square my shoulders, and go for it. Others take planning and thought and preparation. I don’t have one go-to response, it really depends on what’s needed to make the scene believable.
Q: In general, how many drafts and edits do you go through per novel?
A: Two drafts, and two to three edits: my own self-edit, my critique partners’ edits, and then a line/copy edit.
Q: Because the writing process is all-consuming, how do you re-energize yourself and gear up for the next novel? Do you take time off?
A: I watch movies, read other people’s books, and take a little time to do physically creative things, like sew or bake or knit. Something where the product is obvious rather than just on a screen or in my head.
Q: What book(s) do you currently have for sale?
A: Oh, glory, I have 17 books up right now with two more coming this month. Here are the links to the synopses on my website: