Name: Paige Stone
Fiona: Where are you from:
Paige: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Even with the rain, it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world!
Fiona: Tell us a little about your self, i.e. your education Family life etc:
Paige : I’ve been married for fifteen years. My husband and I have two cats that allow us to share the home with them. All of our family lives close, which is great, but it would be really nice if they lived in some far off land so we would have an excuse to leave town for a visit somewhere exciting.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Paige: I’m working on the last novella in the High Priestess Trilogy which will be out later this year.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Paige: The when is easy, I started writing poems and little stories when I was in elementary school, maybe grade four or five. As for the why, I think I’ve always felt that writing was the easiest way to express myself.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Paige: Hmmm….Good question. I think once I completed NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) a few years ago and actually finished 50,000 words in 30 days and had the beginning of a novel I could actually work with, I thought maybe I was a writer. But it wasn’t until I began treating my writing as a part time job a couple of years ago that I started calling myself a writer (out loud).
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Paige: I think I’d have to say NaNoWriMo. Even though the first book I actually finished will be my fourth book published, it was because of NaNoWriMo that it got written at all. It might not have been the inspiration, but it was what catapulted me to write the first book.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Paige: I don’t think so. I like stories that are fast-paced with a bit of suspense (and romance) so I think that’s how I write. I’m never completely sure where the story is going, I like to let my characters tell me.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Paige: I find it really hard to come up with titles. I grappled with all of them for a quite a bit, but eventually one just feels right.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Paige: Well, it’s a paranormal romance so I don’t know how much of a message there is, but I do like to believe that we are all far more powerful than we give ourselves credit for. There are lots of heroes out there, and it has nothing to do with magic and everything to do with courage.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Paige: I think perhaps the love story. I’m a big believer in the power of love.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Paige: No, not really, although I think there is always at least one element of myself in each character….I just can’t tell you what element that is.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Paige: I love trilogies and love sagas. I love Nora Roberts, Constance O’Day Flannery, LaVyrle Spencer. I would read their books until 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning and show up to work blurry eyed. Now, that’s the sign of a good story!
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Paige: Nora Roberts. She is a prolific writer and can write any kind of story and as I’m sure you know, she also writes under a pen name. She has enormous reach, a huge fan base and immense talent.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Paige: Oh so many. Fifty Shades of Grey (of course, who isn’t reading it?), I just finished Nora Roberts’ latest book¬—The Last Boyfriend (now I have to wait for the third installment to come out later this year), Amanda Hocking’s—Switched and Stephen King’s— On Writing.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Paige: I belong to an online group called MasterKoda that is filled with amazing new writers including: Martin Crosbie, Natalie Star-Kroll and Ella James.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Paige: I’m working on book three in the High Priestess Trilogy as well as the full length novel that these three novellas will have been the back story for. I’m having a lot of fun with these characters! I’m never lonely in my head.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Paige: I think I’ve been really lucky, because I work full time and my boss is very understanding and supportive of my writing. She’s always been very encouraging. And, of course, MasterKoda is very supportive of us newbies.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Paige: Oh definitely! I hope it takes off and turns into a career, but I’ll be writing regardless. I’ll be cranking out stories—whether I’m working full time at it is another thing, but I’ll still be writing.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Paige: I don’t think so. I really enjoyed writing the novella length stories. I hope the readers feel the same.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Paige: It’s funny, I really don’t. I just remember always wanting to write and always using it as a means of expression, but I can’t say there was an Ah Ha moment that defined me as wanting to be a writer.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Paige: Well, let’s see . . . Book One introduced us to Emily and Jake, a witch and witch doctor along with Lochlan, a bounty hunter and Isisa the High Priestess. Book Two gives us a deeper look into the relationship between the bounty hunter and the High Priestess and Book Three introduces Kate, a witch and shifter (who had a cameo in Book One) along with a new character from Wales. There’s a hint for where the location of the full length novel will take place!
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Paige: Time—I need more hours in the day! Working full time gets in the way of my writing time—but it also pays the bills, so it’s hard to complain.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Paige: Oh, I have way too many to list. The ones I mentioned earlier, I love their stories. I love the journey they take me on and always appreciate how they make me fall in love with their characters.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Paige: No, unfortunately not. Hopefully one day. I’d love to get over to Ireland, Wales and Scotland, especially since that is where some of my stories will take place!
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Paige: I got the artwork from CreateSpace
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Paige: Letting go. As wonderful as it was to write, and as much as I wanted (hoped) others would enjoy it, it was difficult to let go and release it into the real world.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Paige: Yes, I discovered that my characters will let me know where they want to go. I have a general idea of what I want to write when I start, but I work better without an outline, when I allow the ideas to just flow and see where I end up.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Paige: Never, ever, ever give up! I’ve taken lots of classes, workshops, gone to conferences, read books on writing by other others…just always learning. I try and keep an open mind because there are so many great writers out there to learn from.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Paige: A big THANK YOU for picking up my book(s). I hope you enjoyed the stories and the characters I’ve created and I hope you enjoy the rest of the journey.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Paige:I’d be working with animals in some capacity.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? if so what is it?
Thank you, Fiona for helping to promote my book and getting my name out there.