Thursday, July 4, 2013

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I loved Lessons Learned and Sydney Logan is back with another brilliant heart warming story. I read it, loved it, and you can read my review on Goodreads.

Today is release day and to celebrate I have an interview with Sydney. Really one of the nicest people you can chat with, and an amazing writer too!

Congratulations Sydney on another wonderful story!

“True love and sweet whispers, till death do us part;
Send someone to love my Appalachian heart.”

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~ Interview ~

I have known, followed, & stalked your forever :) Was FF your actual start with reader exposure?

You stalker, you. ;) I've written stories/poems/songs all my life, but FF was the first time my stories were truly “out there” for the world to see. 

Is it any easier to write FF vs Original? Pretty much the same level of work and effort?

Original fiction is harder for me. The world building, the characters  . . .  those are all up to the author to establish. With FF, you have it a little easier because readers already love your characters. With original characters, you have to create someone from scratch that the audience will learn to love. You have to make them relatable give them flaws, and find their voice. But that’s why I like writing OF. I like creating characters that are truly mine.

What gave you the idea for the Mountain Charm?

One of my favorite movies, Practical Magic, was the inspiration. I always found it interesting how Sandra Bullock’s character had these supernatural gifts but was so reluctant to use them. Of course, Angelina’s situation is very different from the movie. She’s lost her father, she’s afraid she’s losing her mom, and she has this supernatural gift that renders her useless in saving the people she loves. While growing up in Appalachia, I’d heard stories about mountain medicine, so I decided to combine the two and write a contemporary love story with a supernatural twist.

Who was your favorite character to write? Why?

I loved writing Dylan. While he’s sweet and adorable, he also has a quick temper that gets him in trouble a lot throughout the book. That was fun to write. 

Which do you think is more important in your stories, plot or characterization?

Honestly, I don’t see how one can be more important than the other. If you don’t have relatable characters, your readers won’t be interested. If your plot isn't interesting and well-developed, your readers will stop reading.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to start writing?

If they’re just beginning to write, my advice is to write every day. Use music, pictures, nature . . . whatever inspires you, and practice writing each and every day.

What kind of environment do you like to write in? Where and when do you write?

I write in my little office at home. I can have instrumental music going, but nothing with lyrics. I just have to be careful with music, because I've found that it really influences my writing. And I write primarily on the weekends.

Are you working on anything right now you would like to tell us about?

I am working on a short story that I hope to release just prior to Mountain Charm, and I’ve started working on my third novel.

If you could live in one period of time, when would that be?

I’d love to go back to the 80s. I lived through them once. :) I’d like to do it again, and just be a little older this time.

One materialistic thing you can’t live without?

My iPhone. It’s ridiculous how addicted I am to it.

If stranded on a deserted island, and you could have one "book boyfriend" with you, who would it be?

Noah from The Notebook. He liked to build things. I bet he could build me a boat and get me off the island! :)

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Sydney Logan is an Amazon bestselling author and holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. With the 2012 release of her first novel, Lessons Learned, she made the transition from bookworm to author. Sydney has a very unhealthy obsession with music, and her iPod is filled with everything from Johnny Cash to Eminem. She is also the author of two short stories: “Mistletoe Magic,” available exclusively on Amazon Kindle, and “Stupid Cupid,” which is featured in the Romantic Interludes compilation. When she isn't reading or writing, she enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her front porch at her home in East Tennessee with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat. 

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