The Ever Fabulous Author- Misty Provencher!

Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Misty Provencher, author of the Cornerstone Series. Throughout the month of May, Misty is doing a blog tour, promoting Cornerstone and gearing up Keystone (which hopefully will come out soon. Crossing my fingers!). Misty is an incredibly sweet, funny and supportive writer and I highly suggest checking out her book and blog!

1. Please describe your book!
Misty: Oh my.  You know what?  I try like the dickens to never describe my book and hope that readers will go into it blind.   That’s because Cornerstone is a mystery that unravels as you read it and I always worry that the description will spoil some of the fun for the reader.  But, if you don’t mind a little spoilerossip:  Cornerstone is the story of Nalena Maxwell, a girl who’s received a sign (and it’s the wrong dang one) into an ancient community that manages the intellectual evolution of the human race.
2. Do you remember the moment when you were first struck with the idea for Cornerstone?  
Misty: I do!   It began with an amazing dream I had, like 100 years ago (ok, ok, actually more like 12 years ago) and had no idea what to do with it until about 3 years ago.  But Cornerstone wasn’t the dream I had.  In fact, the dream will be part of the last book in the series and I had to ‘think backward’ and figure out how the characters came to be in the dream.  Cornerstone is where they began.

That’s such an incredibly interesting way to begin a book! Too cool, Misty :)

3. What was your favorite scene to write in Cornerstone? 
I’m not sure there is one favorite.  Writing Cornerstone was extremely exciting.  I couldn’t wait to get to my keyboard every night after work and every scene fascinated me.  I loved the opening, loved when Nali first met Garrett, I love Cora and the Reese clan and the Addo…I mean, this was the first book I wrote that I had SEVERE fun with every scene.  It was a great experience.

I completely agree, writing should be fun!

4. What is the most difficult part of the writing process, for you?  
Getting it out into the world.  The writing process has ups and downs, but for the most part, I always know it’s going to work itself out.  It just takes thinking and getting up in the middle of the night to write down what’s left on the dream doorstep and, generally, a lot of screwing around until it gets itself right.  But getting it out into the world and trying to convince people it’s not a pile of self-published trash is what’s tough.  There are soooo many books vying for a reader’s attention and I’m constantly looking for ways to get it into the right hands.
5. If you are in need of inspiration, where do you turn?  
Huh huh.  I talk.  A lot.  If I’m stuck, my #1 way of unsticking myself is to get on the phone and start rattling through the plot (usually to a friend that is sleeping on the other end) and I’ll talk and talk and talk and WHA LA!  It comes to me.  If I don’t have anyone to talk to, I usually have to turn to Larry (my Llama-collie mutt), but while he’s a good listener, he has absolutely no appreciation for the written word.

Haha, I love Larry! What a helpful dog :)

6. If you could pass on one important thing you have learned about the writing/publication process to other writers, what would it be?  
The biggest secret I’ve found is:  have joy in the writing.  If you’re slogging through a scene, cut it.  If you think of the writing as grueling work, then start over.  I really believe the best stories are one that you can’t wait to write.  The joy has a way of making it onto the page like magic.  Besides, what’s the point in writing loads of books if you hate doing it?  

Great advice, Misty. Thanks!

7. What are you working on now?  
I’m working on finishing the second book (Keystone) in the Cornerstone series (it may be a trilogy), and I’ve recently laid out the outlines for two other unrelated, stand-alone books.  One is a crazy fantasy and one is more of a Breakfast Club meets Midsummer Night’s Dream.

8. Do you have any writing habits that you absolutely have to adhere to for you to be able to write? 
Hmmm. Nope.  I write all over the place and on everything.  Sometimes I don’t write for days while I’m retooling on episodes of Dog the Bounty Hunter or Deadliest Catch.  Sometimes I write without ceasing during every spare moment I get.  But the work haunts me and in my head, I am writing everyday, all day long.

9. Lastly, what is your very favorite book?  
I don’t have just one.  I love almost everything by Steinbeck.  I read the Classics and the bestsellers mostly, so I guess I’m kind of in the sheeple herd when it comes to books.  You know, Twilight, Harry Potter, Hunger Games.  Oh, but there is one story by Mark Twain that I think is absolutely hysterical, it’s called The Diaries of Adam and Eve.  Check it out!

I’m definitely going to have to check out that book. Thanks for the suggestion and the amazing interview, Misty!
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7 thoughts about "The Ever Fabulous Author- Misty Provencher!"

  • Misty says:

    I adore you, Juliana! Thank you for having me over to hang out. Next time, I’ll bring cookies!

  • Wow, loved learning all about Misty and her writing. Thanks for sharing. :))

  • Have joy in writing. Excellent advice! Great interview:)

  • Candace says:

    What a great interview! I’m like you Misty, I’m writing ALL the time in my head. I do a scene while I’m doing dishes, another in the shower… the problem is I have a REALLY hard time getting it on paper and when I do its not nearly as good as in my head! But I have been told to just get it down, fix it later.

  • Misty says:

    Thanks for reading, Candy! Juliana’s such an awesome interviewer!
    Deana, thank you for the compliments. Hope you have much joy in your writing, Deana!
    Agreed, Candace! Just get it down, get it down, get it down. It’s the hardest thing to do, but you can’t fix a memory!

  • Jess Byam says:

    I JUST bought Cornerstone (finally…. Geez, Jess!), and I am super excited to read it! Funny that I’d find this post on the same day. Misty is awesome, and it was super fun to read more about her experience with Cornerstone. Thanks for the great interview! :)

  • Jamie says:

    Thanks for sharing this great interview. It’s always fun to hear what other authors have to say about their stories and processes, just the entire adventure of writing :)

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