December 7, 2019

IndieView with S.B. Goncarova, author of Harnessing Light

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Where do you live now? But that wouldn’t have worked for this kind of book. What would you like readers to know about you? Subsequently, there are a lot of gaps between the pieces which the reader is asked to fill. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? I love to listen to the sound of fireplace crackling, rain and wind. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? In the Washington, DC area. Those were the long-form poems Ziploc, To Cage a Prince and Stone in my Pocket. When I’m happy with a piece I record and send off to a handful of people I trust, to see what their thoughts are. I didn’t;   which I know is a mortal sin when it comes to writing books. If so can you please describe it? Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? In this enduring love story, Harnessing Light is the journey of one woman trekking across the world in a search to find home, peace, purpose and love. I never really know whether it is good or not when I’m in the midst of writing. I much rather be doing the creative side of things! I just think of it as growing pains. Many times I have to step away from a particular piece for a few days to get perspective. I started writing in May 2018, but it took me until August of that year to write anything I felt was good enough to include. There’s a few ASMR YouTube videos that I put on in the background and I find instant focus. Now that I’m creating my own ASMR videos including spoken-word from the book with nature sounds and ambient soundscapes, I feel like it comes full-circle. The people to whom I’m writing to, who are never mentioned by name, as well as people I met along the way. Do you outline? About the book
What is the book about? It is a a non-binary love story as told through love letters, poems, and personal essays. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? I submitted my work to the agents of my favorite writers, but was rejected. The photo was from my morning commute when I lived in Vietnam, where a large chunk of the book is set. I went with an Indie Publisher Clay Grouse Press because they are a young company and are willing to go the extra mile for their authors. Specifically, Alexandria, VA. I’m working on some short films and always have several other book projects in development. Read as much as you can, everything you can get your hands on, don’t be afraid to share with others and get feedback. The initial idea was to create a work that was authentic as possible, to allow myself to become vulnerable in ways that wer way out of my comfort zone, almost as an experiment to see what could happen. And if it’s no good, I’m not afraid to toss. Figuring out how it all fit together. Think of writing as a life-long practice, part of your regular self-care routine, part of your life-journey. What came easily? I hope. Goncarova – 7 December 2019
The Back Flap
“I SAID GOODNIGHT knowing full well it was goodbye, and then in the dark, you were there, on the bed next to me, only three thousand something miles away, and the quiet sounds of you muddling on your guitar seep into my veins and lull me into that cloudy space between awake and asleep, and in the end I am brought back to the beginning—”
Can one create a love so bright, that it crosses distance and time? It’s allowed me to grow as a writer and help me shine as a creative being. 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) Where did you get the idea from? The initial idea was to create a work that was authentic as possible, to allow myself to become vulnerable in ways that wer way out of my comfort zone, almost as an experiment to see what could happen. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Polishing. I polish each piece individually as I go. Did you hire a professional editor? ​How much writing Harnessing Light has changed my life. I have an overall plan, but marketing can be so overwhelming for me, so I can only do a little bit each day. ​ In total, it was 16 months in the making. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? Using a high-gain microphone and headphones, I read out loud into the mic and create recordings. ​I start out very rough, and then polish like a gem. Publisher Clay Grouse Press did the layout and cover design. About You
Where did you grow up? I threw out more than 200 pages because I only wanted to keep the most compelling writing. I struggled with creating a story arc. S.B. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Give yourself the time to perfect your craft, to find and speak your truth. I gave it time—as much time as it needed— for the writing to grow organically. I didn’t know where I was going from the outset, and feel as if I would have probably stunted its growth if I had stuck to an outline. It is my deepest hope that reading Harnessing Light will touch hearts. What are you working on now? I’m a very slow writer. They always see something that I did not. All the characters are real. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? And I’m taking some classes with (to which I’m totally addicted.)
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Get your copy of   Harnessing Light from Amazon US or Amazon UK. I’m guessing because the book doesn’t easily fit into a specific genre, and because this is my first book under my own name, so I still have yet to build street cred. It was more of an exploration, an allowance of things to happen. Do you listen to music while you write? Was it a particular event or a gradual process? Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? I worry it might feel fragmented and might try a reader’s patience, especially if she/he is used to a more typical writing style. I try. And at the end of the process, I bartered with my dear friend (who used to be a professional copy editor) by helping her with grant-writing for a film she’s seeking to produce. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? Someone who is on a path of healing I think might find something in Harnessing Light which would help them on that journey. I worked with a poet/ spoken-word artist friend of mine during the process, sending him pieces individually as I went, listening carefully to whatever feedback he would give me. How long did it take you to write it? When did you start writing the book? To which I listen, revise, and re-record, over and over, until every phrase rolls off my tongue. I do a little each day, even if it’s just baby steps. Do you have a target reader? I would say, have patience with yourself. In a quest that transcends physical limitations, Harnessing Light beckons us to our own, to discover what the true search really is.