One of the first bloggers I encountered when I started my blog was a fantastic writer by the name of Selena Wolff. Although Selena has a gift for writing almost anything, she really does tell a good spooky story that captures the reader’s attention right from the start and has them craving more in the end. Her blog The Write Words has recently got a new name and a new look but readers can still expect to find the same high quality posts if they stop by. Recently she announced her first novel, The Gate should be available early next year. I am very pleased that Selena Wolff agreed to be one of the first featured writers on my blog.
A brief biography:
Selena Wolff was born in the MidWest, and after travelling all over the country has returned home to live a quiet life and focus on writing. Her love of horror, mysteries and memoir has been the driving force in excavating her own writing voice. With two daughters, five grandchildren, four cats, a dog, and a loving partner, her life is rich in inspiration and love.
Current WIP’s include:
“The Gate” – 2nd draft
“Empty Houses” – memoir based on 5 recurring dreams
Ongoing flash fiction stories that may someday be compiled
1) How often/when do you write?
After a few years of settling into a writer’s life, I have finally come up with a discipline that works for me. Two hours a day on email, blogs, networking and anything else that needs done online; and two hours a day of dedicated writing. Even though I’d like to take those four hours and hover over them like a protective mother, I’ve discovered the value of having a life outside my own head. Connecting on Twitter and Facebook, and having my own blog has opened up a whole community for me that I would never have experienced in my own little MidWest town.
Working in a greenhouse pays the bills. But I find myself thinking of it as support of my true vocation as a writer. So whenever life gives me the gift of a few extra minutes, I’m at the computer, working on outlines, editing, and the general ‘work’ of writing.
2) What authors do you admire and why?
Stephen King has always been my favorite for pure enjoyment. A dear writer friend once suggested that I take the time to read for the sake of learning other writer’s craft. I hated it! It seemed that picking apart the pieces of their skill took all the fun out of it. But I stuck with it and found the reason that Mr. King is so successful. He has building structure, discipline, plot, suspense, and character down to a fine art. I know, obvious to so many. But I have the knack for hiding under a rock, and although the ability to hold a focus is an asset, it can also be a hindrance when it comes to noticing what goes on in the world at large. I learned a lot from him.
Another author I admire is Alice Hoffman. I read Practical Magick many years ago and fell in love with her perspective on the mysterious. Anne Rice is another one. I find that it takes discipline for me to read her work, but her attention to detail is amazing.
3) Would you prefer to be published the traditional route or would you give self/e-publishing a try?
Today I would try them all. I think I’m old school enough to actually prefer publishing the traditional way. I absolutely love the printed word. But to stay current, I believe that writers will have to be open to the changing world of publishing to succeed.
Thanks for having me here today, Billie Jo.
You are very welcome Selena, thank you for agreeing to participate.
Below is a link to the very first Selena Wolff story I ever read, enjoy!
The Well by Selena Wolff