Interview with Ester Lopez
Interview with Ester Lopez
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Ester Lopez has been writing since she first learned how. She’s fascinated with the tools of the trade. She’d learned calligraphy in grade school because her first pen was a fountain pen. She liked the feel of the pen’s ink flowing against the paper as it formed words. Ester writes sci-fi/paranormal adventure romance writer and screenwriter.
- When you write, do you outline first, or are you a pantser?
When I write, I start with the Snowflake Design (Randy Ingermanson’s brilliant plan) and flesh out my characters. When I feel that I know them pretty well, I start writing. Usually, the main characters or villain start telling me their stories before I sit down and do the Snowflake plan. And I learn some things along the way as well. I don’t know if that’s a panster because it doesn’t feel like an outline either.
- What type of characters do you like to create?
So far, the characters have created themselves and start speaking to me in snippets of conversations. I have to dig deeper (with the Snowflake Method and Characterization sheets) to find out what personality type they are, like Warrior, Chief, etc.
- Tell us about your new book or series.
My latest book, “Betrayed,” is book 3 in The Vaedra Chronicles Series. The series takes place on Earth and in the Vaedra System. The hero, Tremol, is a promotion seeking Lieutenant in the Interplanetary Space Patrol and Keely McGuire is a feisty secret service agent. Together, they must find a missing landing party before a war hungry admiral and a conniving general unleash an intergalactic war of the worlds.
- What motivates you for a perfect writing day?
My motivation for a perfect writing day would be to find out what happens next because my characters usually leave me hanging on the cliff from the day before.
- How/where do you get your plot ideas?
I get my plot ideas from the news around me, everyday life situations, sometimes songs, but I’m always asking, “what if this happens instead...?”
- What is the most difficult thing about creating and developing characters?
The most difficult thing about creating and developing characters is when they won’t co-operate and tell me about themselves. I either have to dig it out of them, or wait for them to reveal something. Most of this happens in my head.
- What is your favorite thing about being an author?
My favorite thing about being an author is meeting people who love to read sci-fi or paranormal and the things I write. It’s exciting!
- How many books do you currently have out on the market and what genres do they fall into?
Currently, I have two books and a third one soon to be released, “Betrayed.” “Betrayed may be released by the time this is out. All three are in the sci-fi/adventure romance genres and I hope to release at least two in the paranormal genre by the end of the year.
- Will you be attending any book signings or conventions?
I will be attending several book events this year.
In March, I’ll be at the MidSouthCon37 at the Hilton Memphis March 15-17, 2019 www.midsouthcon.org.
April 5-6,2019, I’ll be at the Roanoke Author Invasion in Roanoke, VA.
May 5, 2019, I’ll be at the Authors Invade Myrtle Beach.
July, I’ll be at the Tampa Indie Author Book Convention July 13-14, 2019.
September, I’ll be at the Maynardville, TN Public Library’s Thunder Road Author Rally. October, I’ll be at the Sweet as A Peach Book Convention on Oct. 5, 2019.
Oct 9-13, 2019, I’ll be at the IRC Indie Romance Convention in Lebanon, TN.
November, I’m hoping to be at the 7 Cities Book Fest in Virginia Beach, VA.
- Pass on some words of wisdom, please, to aspiring authors.
My words of wisdom would be to NEVER give up. Believe in yourself and work toward your goal as if you were already successful and the rest will come.
Ester’s website is www.esterlopez.com
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