Today’s five minutes is with young indie author, Raelee May Carpenter. She describes herself as an edgy christian novelist that presents inspirational contemporary fiction and essays. As you will read she has indeed had a lot to ensure in her life thus far that gives her work insight and incredible depth. Enjoy learning all about Raelee.
Tell me a little about yourself.
I’m a Christian, but edgy. I’ve been diagnosed with ADHD and ASD, and I’m a survivor of childhood sex abuse, so I navigate the world a little differently. But my unique perspective and sense of empathy make me a better writer.
Who are the literary heroes that inspire your writing?
Scout Finch and the Pevensie kids. Though most of my heroes are adults, I think there’s a bit of kid in each of us, and that sense of
imagination is something a writer should never lose, because it helps us tell deep truths in an engaging way.
Why did you decide to become an indie author?
I am compelled to write, and my work is powerful enough that I wanted to share it. At the time I published The Lincoln High Project and Kings and Shepherds, starting my own publishing company was the best way to do that.
What were you before you were a writer?
I wrote my first novel when I was seven, so writing has always been the first thing with me. I’ve done a lot of jobs to earn money, mostly temporary clerical stuff.
If you could give one piece of advice to new indie authors what would it be?
Use your stories to tell the truth, to make the world a better place. Also, don’t cut corners on editing. Glaring errors can detract from otherwise excellent story.
What’s your number one cure for writer’s block?
Hashing it out with a member of my writer’s group.
What is your greatest accomplishment to date?
Probably learning how to do so much self-promotion. It doesn’t come naturally to me.
Look out the closest window. What’s the first thing you see?
A crab apple tree
Name one thing in your refrigerator that probably shouldn’t be there?
Half & Half [for the non-US readers out there I believe this is milk? – Penny]
What do you least like about writing?
Nothing. I love writing.
Finish this paragraph: “Helena shook the flashlight, hard. She ..”
prayed it would blink just long enough to give her a glimpse of whatever it was that was coming for her.
Kings and Shepherds
After the death of her mother, Princess Ikia of Ha-or rebels against her adoptive father, King Emet. Her crusade against him starts simply but quickly grows dangerous when she agrees to betray him to the Emperor of the neighboring kingdom.
Available for 0.99c on the Kindle.
You can connect and learn more about Raelee on her website at: www.raeleemaycarpenter.com