Exclusive Interview with

YzaDora

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When did you start writing?

I've always received good grades in literature class in school but I never thought I'd become an author until 2014 :) For 7 years, I've worked hard on my book series that came to me in a dream. I know that sounds like an author's cliche answer, but it's true!

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What makes writing your passion?

I'll admit, I don't do enough writing but the passion is there but with work as a caregiver, sometimes that takes up most of my work. Not only physically taking me away from the keyboard or a pen and paper, but it also takes me away emotionally and mentally. On my free days, I try to get in as much writing as I can!

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How long have you been writing?

For 7 years and I still don't think I have anything down right yet! I've revised my books 1 and 2 of my series countless times, wanting to make sure it's perfect!

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What was the feeling when you published your first book?

Ecstatic! I remember when I first published on Amazon's KDP. It was late in the morning and I mean late, like almost 1:00am and when that publish button was hit, I felt such an accomplishment that my work was finally done and ready to readers. Although at the time, it really wasn't :)

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What’s the story behind your choice of characters?

Mm, tricky question. I suppose I wanted all my characters to be relatable in some ways to my readers. Every author wants that, but I mean relatable with serious issues and personal backgrounds. And I don't mean lifestyles. As far as choice of characters go...I didn't want my work to fall into the average vampire-werewolf fiasco. I think Twilight ruined that for me :(

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What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?

When you have ideas for more future books or short stories but you haven't even finished any of your current projects. Sadly, I've fallen into that boat right now :)

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How do you get over the “writer’s block”?

Omg, I don't. I just wait until it passes or get in some game time since I'm a gamer. Playing Assassin's Creed sometimes helps me through it but not most days.

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We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?

What makes me keep going you ask? I never stop learning about the do's and don'ts and that is advice I have given other authors who have asked me what to do. The best thing, is read and learn first. And I don't mean other works per say. Many first-time authors unfortunately write their first novel or whatever their preferences are, but never take the time to polish it, because they haven't learned. There are many self-taught articles that give excellent advice and when applying them to my writing, it helps tremendously.

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If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?

Prepare for the year 2020 because no one saw it coming!

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Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?

Absolutely, I read the reviews! I want to know what my readers think and if they've fallen in love with the story that I've literally poured my sweat and tears into. And as far as the bad ones? Well, I know not everyone will like the story but I take their words as constructive criticism. It's not easy because I'm very sensitive but I get over it quickly because I know my work isn't as bad as what they're saying but I haven't received any negative reviews lately.

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What is the feeling when you get a good review?

Pure excitement. I'm not a hyper person but I do a little joy dance inside all while having a large smile on my face when reading them! And so far, that smile has been steady! Shoutout to my readers on Inkitt...you're the best!

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Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?

Not me personally no, because I haven't been through anything traumatic or life changing, but I do take scenarios that others in the world have gone through, and try to incorporate them into the story as well as their backgrounds. But no one that I know personally.

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Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?

The character is definitely based on me, since well, it is me. I've literally put myself into the story while of course, adding all the fictional touches. I'm not a half-breed with powers (although, omg, I totally wish I did). I had a reader that didn't leave a review but asked me about that and when explaining that I didn't just put characteristics of myself but that it is actually me, they loved the idea and I happen to know that I don't think any author has ever done this which makes my work unique. Even my name is in the story :)

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What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?

As said above, I've learned and am still learning. But this, was the most important step. I've read everywhere that books cover MUST have elements from your story or at least relate to it. My current book series is also in the paranormal romance genre but it's not the main focus so I wouldn't put a love story image on the front cover. This is very tricky because I've seen a lot of authors making this mistake. I've personally designed and redesigned mine countless times for 7 years but now...I've got them down absolutely perfectly! My mom's a retired artist in Las Vegas so I guess that's where I get my artistic side from but she helps sometimes with the designs in opinion or placement of the graphics but the final decision is mine.

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Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?

I don't mind chatting with readers at all. I'd love to interact with them as much as I can. On Inkitt, I interact with readers that leave comments, ask questions and they love the personal response from the author herself, and I think that's most important. You can't be an author or in any professional field, and ignore those that help build your career. Readers and fans are important and although my fanbase is very small, I'm grateful for those that have taken the interest.

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How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?

Sadly, no one has recognized me yet for I don't think anyone reads anymore :(

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Who is your favorite author? Why?

I can't choose just one, so I'll choose both J.K Rowling and of course, the King of Horror Stephen King. They're my favorites, especially Mr, King because he's so productive and creative. I'd love to sit down and ask him so many author-writing related questions. And may I add that having my work compared to his (from a reader's review) is the utmost incredible compliment I could ever receive! And I don't even write horror!

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What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?

As mentioned above, J.K Rowling and Stephen King. Not for the money, but just so readers everywhere know my work and want to know more.

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Would you rewrite any of your books? Why?

I have rewr