IndieView with M.R. Pilot, author of A Bloodline’s Echo

Self-discipline. But once it became this world with characters that felt real, I was like, oh, maybe someone else will like it, I’ll indie publish. But to describe who I think would most relate to the story, it’d probably be a young adult girl who has dealt with some familial strife and/or felt like they put their trust in someone or something and had the decision come back to bite them without notice. Cori was all but resigned to the uneventful and dutiful life as a barkeep. End of Interview:
For more from Ms Pilot, visit her blog, follow her on Twitter, and like her Facebook page. When I do my re-reading (as mentioned above), the story becomes like a song where you know the lyrics by heart. Or really, anyone who likes reading about people with powers! A few places, but Michigan is home. WRITE FOR YOU! Pilot – 30 March 2018
The Back Flap
Eighteen-year-old Cori has been tucked into a corner of Verbena her entire life. I like to re-read, especially if I’m pretty exhausted and need to get my mind in the right place, and I change word choices or sentence structure almost every time. The concept was mine, but the execution was definitely not! What came easily?  
When did you start writing the book? Then I dove into “writer” twitter and saw that authors query agents. How long did it take you to write it? Where did you get the idea from? A little over 6 months once I had the concept fully formed and I had committed to it. From the moment of conception, the characters were dynamic people in my mind with their own set of personality traits and motivations. That is, until a hooded stranger showed up—just in time to witness an incident Cori herself cannot believe—and changed everything. She found a quieter existence when her best friend hired her and allowed her to live in his inn. I dove even deeper into twitter and saw how much time and effort some authors put into getting an agent—not that their efforts are for nothing or do not reap rewards, but I knew it wasn’t for me, at least not right now. I took some of those traits and wove them into characters, but I couldn’t say any character is 100% a story version of someone I know. How else can I hear what my characters are saying? I was so stoked to have reached a conclusion. Certain characteristics in people I’ve encountered have stuck with me. I get inspiration from so many things; I love books with magic, I love transformative characters, so those interests are what drove the storyline. High fantasy has always captured me. If I start a book, I will not sleep until I finish it which makes for treacherous work days. M.R. I also have re-read several Nora Roberts novels. She’s swept up into this world, learning about the people with powers, known as Avadi, and she searches for her father on this journey. We all know how important it is for writers to read. Get your copy of   A Bloodline’s Echo from Amazon US or Amazon UK. No interest in sharing the story with any eyes but my own. About the book
What is the book about? Where do you live now? I have read and loved many indie books and I love the creative freedom that accompanies this path. Other characters feel brand new; I may have been inspired by someone I’ve met, but the meeting is buried so deep in my subconscious that I’ve convinced myself I made them from scratch. There is such joy and creativity in writing—don’t dim it by trying to mold your ideas into what someone else said is supposed to be inside a book. An outline might make the process more docile, though. Do you have a target reader? Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? If so can you please describe it? Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? About Writing
Do you have a writing process? Good ol’ beautiful & cold Alaska. I am close to wrapping up an urban fantasy titled The Curse of Luma, and I have also begun working on the second installment of The Avadi Series. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? Do you listen to music while you write? I’m a learn-as-you-go kind of person, which may explain why it takes me so long time to build self-assembled furniture. 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) I have fun writing and that fun was tainted for a short period of time. But I love all readers, not just mine, because as a reader I can relate. Computer. I put notes in my iPhone to keep myself on track with major plot points and random dialogue bits that ping in my mind throughout the day. The characters and plot—basically the skeleton of the story. I didn’t hear back. My editor, Stephanie, sent me a sample edit and the edits were so spot on; apart from grammar stuff, she picked up on things where I was like, “Duh!” but I had just stopped seeing the words at a certain point. I knew my key players and the roles I wanted them to play. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? Coffee. Any reader at all is a blessing! But I do listen to music between takes. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? With no memory of a father and an abusive mother, her escape came in the form of living and working in her town’s inn, a place that happens to be owned by her best friend. What are you working on now? If you’re a reader of mine, I appreciate and love you. I do not—I need silence. The very beginning of 2017. This is something I might start doing but thus far have not. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? I did end up hiring a professional editor. I love illustrated art and so I found a graphic artist and a typographer. I longed for some type of intellectual stimulation that I could stop and start at will—super naïve to the ways of writing. She gets small answers and clues along the way, and some of those answers shake her to her core. This book is about a girl who has had a somewhat unfortunate childhood; she lives in an impoverished feeder town, her mother has addict tendencies and episodes, and she doesn’t know anything about her father except his name. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? I suppose I should also mention to any considering a gander to my twitter page, please be prepared for an overload of dog-related tweets. I do edit as I go along. But it stressed me out for sure. I tried to stick with what felt like the most natural sequence of events. It’s a furry life I live. About You
Where did you grow up? I’d say it’s about half and half. It took a lot of thinking and middle-of-the-night revelations. Initially, I was just writing for me. I get inspiration from so many things; I love books with magic, I love transformative characters, so those interests are what drove the storyline. I can’t wait to share. I knew what I wanted ultimately, but there are so many potential scenes to get to that point. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? That’s where the interpretive dancing happens. Referencing the previous question, it’s the fleshy parts/filling in the space between bones that took the most effort. My mind is full, and my phalanges are busy! You don’t have to think about every single word you’re singing, cause that’s just how the song goes. It scares her and propels her to leave, but she’s joined by a mysterious stranger who also has a strange ability. Now Cori must leave Sagebrush, the only place she has ever known, setting off to discover love, adventure, heartbreak, and more about herself and the world she lives in than she could have ever imagined. But things change when she discovers she has a physical—and destructive—power. I’ll try it with the next one! Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? At the time I started writing this, I felt like I had limited spare time and wasn’t reading much. Totally winging it. *tells myself to stop blasting Spotify and interpretive dancing whenever I hit a snag*
Do you outline? I want to say just kidding, but I’m actually not kidding. I queried three agents after my first draft. I was intrigued, thought it didn’t hurt to try. I call them brain breaks. But I have always been a huge fan of Patrick Rothfuss and Christopher Paolini, reading their books multiple times. I shift between pop, folk, classic rock and heavy metal. The wretched middle! Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Did you hire a professional editor? What would you like readers to know about you? About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? I’d say I drew from the high fantasy worlds and picked up some romance-tension stuff from these books.