Ressa Empbra says of her writing, “I have to have coffee, peace, quiet, and my MacBook. It sounds weird but I lay my head back in my leather-chair, close my eyes and let the words flow from my mind, down my arms, out of my fingertips, and onto my keyboard. It’s like having a movie playing inside my head and I don’t know what will happen until it does. Some writers make a story-board, outlines, stuff like that, and I’m sure it works well for them. But, I can’t work that way, not when I haven’t ‘seen’ what will happen next.”
She says her characters feel like they truly are a part of her from the beginning, so she gives them free reign to do as they please. “They do get into trouble from time to time,” she adds.
Ressa has some health issues which, along with medications, scramble and wipe out her memory, so her biggest writing challenge is in remembering small details. She deals with this by making lots of notes. I do that as well, but then I forget where I put the notes.
Ressa’s book is not yet published, so she is positioning herself in all the usual social media just to lay the groundwork for when her novel launches. But she says she also has a few cool marketing ideas up up her sleeve. We’ll want to keep an eye on Ressa. Cool marketing ideas are always in demand.
The list of other Indie Authors she has read include: Jaz Primo, Monique O’Connor James, Kristine Cheney, Kristie Cook, Kristy Quinn, Julianne Pellegrino Grider (JP Grider), M.J. Schutte, Sinead MacDughlas, Valerie Maarten, Rue Volley, Lisa Vaughn, Joseph Davis, Brian M. Hayden, Sean Quirk, and many others.
Her advice to aspiring writers? “When you need advice – and you will – ask. There are so many awesome writers out there who are willing to impart invaluable knowledge and experiences on newbies. The online writing community happens to be the most supportive one I have ever known, they’ve all been amazingly supportive of me. Also, do your homework! Research is never a waste of time, and you never know when you’ll ‘accidentally’ find a great lil gem of information that may just help you in a big way!”
Ressa says patience is key. It is important not to rush the process. “Raising three kids taught me patience but until I began writing, I didn’t realize my famed patience was a completely different type than that required to write a novel.” Hmmm… I also raised three kids. As I recall it didn’t teach me patience so much as just wear me down.
Her novel, The Dragon Dimension – Caught in the Dragon Cove is an epic fantasy.
Working for a covert government agency, Iax travels the world… and beyond. She also journeys out of this world to other Realms in various Dimensions, which only a privileged few have knowledge of. Her job: Putting a halt to imminent battles and wars… before it’s too late.
Finding herself dropped into a heated battle in the Dragon Cove Realm of the Dragon Dimension, Iax assumes the usual; get in, get the job done, get out. Easy-peasy…
However, this mission is like no other, as it will change her life in ways she could have never imagined.