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Interview with E.G. Creel

She is currently blooming near Augusta Georgia. A storyteller at heart, vocationally she’s a photographer and mother of two. The Immortal is her debut into the world of writing.

Q.1 Tell us something about yourself not many people know?
I’m dyslexic and didn’t start to really read until 5th grade.

Q.2 Are we going to read more from you in the near future? Any new project you’re working on?
Currently working on an episodic on Kindle Vella called Lily. It’s about a girl born with a shadow.

Q.3 What inspired you to write The Immortal?
A nightmare. I’d taken refuge from a mass murder in a personal library that contained multiple copies of one book written in every language imaginable. Sitting in a chair in the corner of the library was a young man and it occurred to me that he was the one who had written them. I picked up the Portuguese copy trying to stall for time because I knew this man was dangerous. He was the immortal. When I woke, I couldn’t get the images out of my head. Finally, I decided to write a paragraph, which turned into a finished first manuscript in six weeks.

Q.4 What is the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Turns out we aren’t that different. None of that Men are from Mars nonsense. We are at our core human and what the same things. Our limits are not genuine, but stereotypes of our upbrings.

Q.5 How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?
I learned a new word recently. Apparently, I’m a “pantser” it’s all chaos, I don’t follow a recipe when I make dinner or when I write. Throw it in the pot with some love and salt.

Q.6 Do you believe in writer’s block? If yes, how do you deal with it?
Believe is a strong word, one with a lie in it. We are funny little hairless apes that are incredible easily distracted and lack discipline in our defenseless water-based bodies. Creation comes in waves, as an idea swells in our imagination like a wave in the ocean. Can the ocean be blocked? Not naturally, only with our own built-in damns and levies. So basically, turn off social media and go outside. Boredom is a creative friend and drinks a glass of water. Our brains are like wilted house plants. They need light, and water to thrive.

Q.7 What was the hardest part of writing this book?
I almost quit when it was time to edit. Many editors turned me down saying I needed to self-edit more. It brought all my insecurities to the surface, and I thought why should I keep going?

Q.8 Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I’d still create, just with a different medium.

Q.9 If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead role?
I’d love Bill Nighy to be in it. And I wrote my husband and myself into a little scene for a cameo.

Q.10 Is it vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign?
I’m a marketing boob. What the hell do I know about marketing? Word of mouth is my favorite form of advertising. It’s genuine.

Q.11 If you could be a member of any fantasy race, which would you choose and why?
Dwarf! I love that the women have beards, and I could dig in the dirt for gems all day.

Q.12 What is one stereotype about fantasy writers is absolutely wrong? What one stereotype is dead on?
We are a bunch of weirdos. We are a bunch of weirdos.

Q.13 If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
There are no rules. The limits you believe, aren’t real.

Q.14 Among all the supporting characters in your book, who is dear to you and why?
The cats Cleo and Petra. Who by the way do get adopted by Emma’s neighbor who they ended up liking more than Emma because Emma never gave them real tuna. Not really supporting characters but my editor wanted to know what happened to them since I didn’t mention it in the book.

Q.15 Who designed your book cover? How do you select him/her?
I’ve freelanced for a book cover company for several years. I photographed the blood ring myself and my friend is a graphic designer. I traded her headshots for the cover design.

Q.16 How do you select the name of your characters?
One of them was a beta reader, I put the name in to see if he had read the story and it stuck.

Q.17 Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good or bad ones?
Yes! And I share them and do a happy dance every time someone thinks to take the time to leave me a review. Good or bad, reviews help your discoverability and conversational rate.

Q.18 Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
I’d love a horn of mead with Ivar the Boneless and let him tell me stories and the truth about why he’s called the Boneless. I have my own theory in the book.

Q.19 What is your favorite book from other authors and why?
A. The Hobbit
, not because it’s the best book I’ve ever read but because it’s the first.

Q.20 Share the experience of your journey so far?
It’s been fast and slow all at the same time, like a rollercoaster, filled with expectations and digs that make your stomach uneasy. What a surprise!

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