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Indie Author Spotlight Interview: Darva Green



Let us get to know you:


1. Where are you from? Does that have any impact on your writing?

I’m from Virginia Beach… I’ve included some local lore into a few shorter pieces,

but someday I would love to write a gothic beach book set in that time between

summer and fall when everything is still humid and sticky but all of the tourists

have cleared out.

  






2. How old were you when you first started writing your own stories?

I’ve been writing since I can remember, but when I was ten I started writing

Dragon Ball Z fanfic (mostly about future Trunks) and I haven’t looked back.

 

3. What do you do to relax?

I usually read or go for a long walk. Things become so much clearer when I’m

wandering. I also have a few comfort shows I like to play on repeat because I can never

decide on a new one to watch.

  

4. Was there any one moment in your life that made you want to become an author?

Not particularly. I’ve always known that I wanted to tell stories, and one day I just

decided that I’d share them and hope that the people who’d enjoy them would find them.

I’m so thankful that I can do that as an indie author.


5. How many unfinished novel ideas do you have lying around?

Too many. Every time I start writing a new project, I have to make a decision to prioritize one before the

other.

  

6. While I love to rep all Indie Authors I like to spotlight those that are part of

marginalized communities, would you say you are a part of such a demographic? How

do you think this influences your writing?

I’m bisexual and chronically ill, and I tend to write queer characters. I used to wish I could read more stories with that kind of representation. It feels really good to be able to write the things you want to see more of.


7. If you could change any one thing about our world today, what would it be?

Oh. So much. But my most immediate wish would be for a ceasefire in Gaza.



A bit about your writing:


8. How do you go about writing? Are you a planner or do you just write?

I don’t really plan, but I daydream until big pieces of the story exist in my head

and then the rest of it sort of unfolds around a few main points. If I can’t see those

big pieces of the story yet, it usually means I’m not ready to write it.


9. Do you have a preferred writing environment? Such as a Cafe, home office, or just

anywhere?

I have a desk beneath the window of my living room where I like to work when

I can steal a few hours of daytime writing. Sometimes I get my words in during the slow

hours at my day job, though.


10. Are you a full-time or a part-time writer? How do you think that affects your

writing?

Part-time. I like to think I’d write more books in a year if I was full-time. Maybe someday

I’ll get to that point, but if not, I’m happy to keep working on my stories when I can. Plus,

I work in a comic shop so I get to read some pretty cool stuff and I’m surrounded by

inspiring artwork, so I don’t mind.


11. What do you find to be the most difficult part about writing? The easiest?

The most difficult part for me is revision. I know it’s not everyone’s favorite method, but I

prefer to edit as I go because I get stressed out when I have to come back and rewrite

large sections. It’s neat how everyone’s process is different. As for the easiest, I think

that would be the visualizing and drafting stage. Bringing people to life and building their

world is so much fun.


12. What comes first, plot or characters?

The characters. I like to feel like I know them.


13. Is there any writing advice you would like to give to a writer working on their first

novel?

Honestly, it’s just to finish it. It’s ok if it’s messy. There’s a good chance it won’t

be the best thing you ever write. But getting past that hurdle of completing a novel once

means you can do it again and again. Oh, and try to have fun with it.


14. Why did you choose to self publish your books?

I didn’t want to spend a ton of

time stressing over queries or feeling bad about rejection. Hybrid publishing is still a

goal of mine, but right now I’m content with self-publishing and how I have control over

my schedule. If I have a flare-up, I’m able to push back dates and adjust things easily.


Book Specific:

  



15. What was your inspiration for your Dreamers and Demons? 

I’ve always been interested in lucid dreaming/dream walking as a concept, and that plays a big role in those stories. Also, I knew I wanted to incorporate my own roots with elements

of Ukrainian and Slovak folklore.


16. Do you have a favorite character? Scene?  

Ah! I don’t know if I can pick a favorite character, but if I had to choose a scene, I liked writing the one in She Came from the swamp where Dez summons the kikimora to her dreams.







17. You seem to mostly focus on sapphic romances, do you plan to explore other identities/relationships in future books?

Most of my full-length books have been sapphic, but I got my start on kindle vella and most of my series have featured bi m/f pairings. I have story ideas for all pairings, but I’m a mood writer so I usually don’t always know what’s coming next.


18. Were there any parts of the novel you found challenging to write? 

Hmm. Ay time there’s a dark night of the soul chapter or a third-act breakup is challenging for

me. I just want my characters to be happy and in love!


19. You put your efforts into writing, and then managed to publish several books in

one year. How has that experience been? Is there anything you would have done

differently?

It’s been a learning experience for sure. I can’t really say I’d change anything because I’m excited for what I’m learning, and I’m starting to see more people finding my books, and that’s all I’ve ever really wanted from this.


20. And lastly, what are you currently working on? Can we expect to see multiple

books from you in 2024 as well?

I’m working on the next book in the Dreamers & Demons series: She Came for Blood, and I also have my sapphic Sleeping Beauty retelling lined up for the summer. There will probably be a few surprises thrown in there too!

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