Please welcome wholesome fantasy author, Lea Carter!
Intro: What’s your name, what do you write, where can readers find you on social media? And just for fun, if you could be any mythological being, what or who would you be?
Hi! I’m Lea Carter and I write wholesome fantasy. I’m on Facebook and Twitter.
- What got you interested in writing? Reading!!
- When did you become SERIOUS about writing? About 13 years ago, I realized I could actually finish writing an entire story. That was huge! 😀
- What inspired your book series? I started trying to record a horseback riding accident that I’d been in. I thought it would’ve been much more interesting if I’d been riding something more unusual and the story took over! But the series comes from a curiosity on my part about the side characters, who they are, why they are, etc. I get to know them as I write.
- What is your most recent book about? I involved the Wood Fairy Crown Prince in a pirate offensive and he got terribly injured. And then I left him there for the next couple of books! That bothered me considerably, so in the last two books, I’ve concentrated on his story, getting him treatment, etc.
- What are the characters like? In general, the main characters are royalty or of noble nature. They think before they speak, etc., much as I wish I did better.
- Who should pick up your books and why? This is always a difficult question for me. I have a 10 year old nephew who has worked his way through the series and enjoyed it for the most part, but truly, I would expect women of all ages to be more interested in these stories. The conflict is primarily internal, which is part of why I have to wrestle with the answer to this question.
- Favorite quote from your own work? This comes from Heartwood (Bk 7): “Unless he was seriously mistaken, the little girl he had helped with her math homework; the tomboy he had taught to ride; even the semi-serious youth he oversaw during weapons training, had complete possession of his heart. It was a sneak attack, that was what. He had never even seen it coming, just trusted her implicitly with piece after piece of his heart until there was nothing left that he could call his own.”
- Traditional or Self-publishing? Why? I initially chose self-publishing because I didn’t like getting rejection letters. (Now I get reviews, which can be just as, um, interesting!) I also researched it first to make sure it was a viable option. I have control over the cover, the deadlines, the marketing (ugh), and everything. I also get a higher percentage of return on my work in terms of royalties.
- On the other hand, I also foot the bill for the cover, the editing, the marketing, etc.
- If you could only write in one genre for the rest of your life what would it be and why?Fantasy, because I can bend the “rules” and have someone fly away from danger or whatever it is that might stump me in a non-fantasy world.
- Name one book that affected the way you write. Just one? I’ll go with Sackett’s Land, because the female main character is lovely, feminine and perfectly comfortable with helping fight off pirates.
- Three authors you recommend and why? Traci Hunter Abramson, Tara Meyers, and Dee Henderson. All three of these ladies keep it clean.
- If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? I’d love to live in a world where everyone kept the Sabbath day holy.
- What do you believe is your main purpose/motivation as a writer? I tell the stories in me because if I don’t, they’re wasted, like flowers that bloom and die unseen.
- What’s your favorite writing-related memory? Getting caught up reading my own stories when I’m trying to edit or fact-check myself.
- What’s a favorite moment you’ve had with a fan/someone who’s read your work? I ran a Goodreads giveaway three or so years back. (This is not a recommendation to do that!) And a few weeks after shipping out the books, I received a lovely ‘thank you’ note in the mail. That was so special to me!
- One fun fact most people don’t know about you? My mom and I invented our own variation of the card game Skip Bo. We found it just took too long to play by their rules, so we made up our own!
- One piece of advice you would give to new writers? Know your characters. As often as not, a character’s life will naturally flow into a story that you can then record (write) and share.
Thank you for the great interview, Lea! If you like wholesome fantasy, dont forget to follow her!
As always, keep making magic, word weavers!