Thursday, May 10, 2018

Q&A with Sorchia Dubois

Today's Q&A is with award winning author Sorchia Dubois.

When did you decide to start writing stories?

Before I could write, I acted out complex Barbie doll dramas or reenacted my favorite bits
from stories and tv shows. In grade school, I typed up a newspaper for my friends called the Interplanetary Times—all about the doings in the Solar System and in High School I wrote an angst-filled romance (which has mercifully been destroyed) along with a pop culture circular about music and celebrity gossip for a few friends. I’ve written stories, poems, and nonfiction like newspaper articles, movie reviews, and essays since forever. For a long time, I didn’t share with many people though I always got good grades on anything I wrote for school. I was actually told when I went to college that I shouldn’t study writing at all but go into teaching—This by a male councilor who obviously didn’t think a female could possibly write anything worth reading. I’m sorry to say, I bought into such thinking for a while. It took years to get past the negative vibes put off by instructors and family members.

Why gothic  versus the other genres?

I’m a true believer in the supernatural—which I think is actually quite natural and probably a kind of science we just don’t understand quite yet. I also enjoy suspense and murder and romance and spooky atmospheres. So I knew I needed to write at least a few Gothic romances and specialize in haunted castles and unexplained shadows. I’m heading into mysteries and thrillers, now, but the Gothic elements I love will always be there.

Who is your favorite character in Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones and why?

That’s like asking me to pick one of my kids! I’m awfully fond of Zoraida herself. She’s much braver than I am and she has a practical streak that eludes me totally. But her need to find herself and to figure out how to use her strengths without falling victim to her weaknesses is something I think I will be working on until the day I die. My favorite character to write about is Granny. The old cliché is that sometimes characters tell you their own stories and it is true with Granny. Where her words come from I cannot say. She is a wise old lady who does not brook fools. I’ve learned quite a lot from her but I can’t say who’s putting her dialogue in my head because she always surprises me.

What are your plans for the next writing project?

I hope to finish the Zoraida Grey trilogy this spring. Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queen will be out Spring 2018. The last book in the series, Zoraida Grey and the Pictish Runes is almost ready for editing and should be out by Halloween 2018. I hope to publish an anthology of Zoraida Grey short stories titled Witchling during Summer 2018. After that, I have a novella titled Winter Solstice. It may develop into a book, but either way, it will be out by Christmas. Then I’m already outlining a murder mystery about a string of deaths revolving around a Celtic festival. I don’t have a title for that one yet, but that will be out early next year if all goes well. I’m rolling around an idea for another fantasy series and a few more murder mysteries with the plan to put out at least two books per year until I’m as rich as J.K. Rowling. This may take some time.

What question do you wish I had asked you and what is the answer to that question?
What is my best advice for anyone who wants to be a writer?
Don’t listen to anyone who says your goal is unproductive/silly/unattainable/ etc. Do listen to editors and critiquers who have your best interests in mind. That is learn when to take advice from knowledgeable and helpful partners but learn when to ignore haters, trolls, and small-minded naysayers.

Dogs or Cats?  
Well, I am quickly becoming the cat lady. I live in the woods with seven cats. Tadpole, Petunia, Zinnia, Kat, Kittie, Yellow Cat, and Jack. Cats are my favorites but I don’t mind cute puppies or dogs with personalities. I like nearly any kind of critter—including bugs and snakes—though I prefer the latter from a distance.


Where can your readers find you on social media?


Here is my universal link to all the place you can buy my books:

Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones
 Zoraida would rather eat nails than leave her quiet, comfortable life in rural Arkansas where she and her ex-boyfriend Al run a little head shop natural food market. But crazy Granny is dying and the only thing that will save her—according to the old witch—is a magic crystal. Trouble is the crystal is in Scotland. In a haunted castle. Surrounded by a family of psychopathic witches. How hard can it be to steal one little crystal? What could possibly go wrong? Find out in Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones, book 1 in a modern Gothic romance trilogy. (Hint: the answers are VERY and EVERYTHING.)

Award-winning author Sorchia Dubois lives in the piney forest of the Missouri Ozarks with seven cats, two fish, one dog, and one husband. She enjoys a wee splash of single-malt Scotch from time to time and she spends a number of hours each day tapping out paranormal romance, Gothic murder, and Scottish thrillers. A proud member of the Ross clan, Sorchia incorporates all things Celtic (especially Scottish) into her works. She can often be found at Scottish festivals watching kilted men toss large objects for no apparent reason.

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