September 9, 2019

IndieView with Chantae Oliver, author of The Dream Weavers

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My characters are extremely diverse in every sense so I feel people from all over the world can find someone to connect with in the series. How long did it take you to write it? About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? I mainly struggled with believing in myself and accepting that this is my purpose. All over! I got it professionally done by the superbly creative Logan Keys. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? I realized that I needed this opportunity to get my feet wet in publishing and see if I really have the drive to do it. A
Absolutely! If I hit a wall, it always helps for me to outline because it gets my mind refocused on the continuation of the storyline. This way, even if things get changed as I write, I can make notes and add them to the board. Where do you live now? USA
What would you like readers to know about you? I began writing in 2017. A little of both. I really enjoy the writing styles of Cassandra Clare, Nicola Yoon, and Angie Thomas. She witnessed the brutal murder of her parents at a young age, is betrothed to be married after graduating high school, and has lived under the control of the High Council ever since her parents’ deaths. Despite being the last full-blooded fairy princess, her life has been everything but a fairy tale. I did only once. Now that I know I do I’m excited to move forward with more self-published works and use this drive to market and create. A little of both? The choice she makes will change everything. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Traumatized from her inability to help them, she freely allows the High Council to make most decisions for her. It came from a recurring dream that I had over a 5-year period. Once I started writing about it the dreams stopped, so it feels like God gave me the dream for this very purpose. Do you listen to music while you write? The Dream Weaver is book one of a series and introduces us to the main character Rhiannon. My goal is to represent multiple cultures, sexes, orientations, and beyond in my books. I’m a military brat and now military wife. Start getting your social media presence up now! That is, until, the person who killed her parents is found and she is given a chance to use her unique and developing powers to get revenge. To write. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? About the book
What is the book about? Once I started writing about it the dreams stopped, so it feels like God gave me the dream for this very purpose. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? The characters! I have many people in my life who come together and help me edit. I have an entire playlist that is for writing this series. With them, she is given the opportunity to avenge her parents. If so can you please describe it? About You
Where did you grow up? I would say my target readers would be 13 and up – any sex. Get your copy of   The Dream Weavers   from Amazon US or Amazon UK. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? Chantae Oliver – 9 September 2019
The Back Flap
18-year-old Rhiannon, the last fairy princess, has spent the last 8 years going through the motions of her life after witnessing the murder of her parents. I actually didn’t even wait for that response before I chose self-publishing. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? They all have a certain fluidity and lyrical quality to the way they write even though their subjects are all so different. Between pregnancies, motherhood, and moving – life got in the way sometimes. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? Do you outline? We all know how important it is for writers to read. Where did you get the idea from? Some personalities and even one character’s name come from real world people – but overall, they’ve evolved into their own entities. One night, however, it is discovered that she has powers that were once thought to be extinct. Did you hire a professional editor? I want to give people the chance to fall in love with characters that look and feel like them. At this point as I write the third book in the series, it’s like they’re writing the story now. When did you start writing the book? I do this to keep track of new details and ensure consistency in my stories. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? I usually outline the entire book and put it on a cork board. If I’m really in a groove I tend to just plow forward because once I turn on editing brain, the creative side gets quiet. Do you have a target reader? It’s a learn as you go process. However, once I hit the groove, that outline tends to be thrown out the window! Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? End of Interview:
For more from Chantae visit her website, follow her on Twitter, and like her Facebook page. What came easily? About Writing
Do you have a writing process? After spending so long avoiding any decision making, Rhiannon now faces a moral decision that she can’t evade. It took 2 years to reach completion. The main song is Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mack for obvious reasons. There is no community like the writing communities across every platform who will cheer for you louder or give you better advice. It came from a recurring dream that I had over a 5-year period. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? I’m a pantser/plotter mix! Reach out to them! Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it?