Please introduce yourself.
My name is Isabella Steel. My wife and I live in Oceanside, California. Bonnie is a cellist. We both love to garden, raise chickens and Koi. We have a maltipoo, named Bella and a Shiatsu mix named Cookie.
1. When did you start writing?
I began writing seriously about seven years ago when I was in the hospital for an extended time. Ironically the book I was working on then, Ghost Witch, was just released this past September.
2. What motivates you to write?
It is quite fun for me to create a world that people can escape into. If someone can forget their troubles and lose themselves in my writing I consider that to be the ultimate compliment. It is what I aim for when I write. Publishing is secondary.
3. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?
I have written in multiple genres. Fantasy, Horror, Political Thrillers and Science Fiction. A story comes to me and I am off running to make it work.
4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?
I want the reader to be able to forget their surroundings, feel as if the characters are real enough to interact with them. As a child I always loved that feeling of getting lost in a book, totally unable to put it down. I want others to feel that way too.
5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?
Oh, Fates yes. I hate being stuck, almost as much as having to leave the writing to break the logjam. I find putting it down for a while and going out to the chicken coop and koi pond for a while helps. Gardening is another tool. Nothing clears my mind better than digging bulbs in the dirt and listening to the birds.
6. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?
Write for yourself. Pay attention to your craft, there is a lot to learn in getting that story out of your head and on pages for readers. Talk to other authors, they have tricks and info you never think of. Use Beta-readers, you just get to close to your work.
7. Tell us about your work
Ghost Witch is part Native American folklore and part horror story with a unique timeline. While researching the locale I came across the Passamaquoddy legend and it fit right in. You have to admit the legend is more than scary, of course I added more macabre elements but I felt it was worth writing.
Laying out the backstory for the legend was paramount to the present day characters and how they interact with the Ghost Witch. Using the history of the property allowed me to present those facts without appearing as exposition.
I hope, the readers of Ghost Witch will understand that lesbians are just like anyone else. We love, worry, hate just like everyone else. Sexuality should NOT be a defining factor regarding CHARACTER. All my stories reinforce that theme. Powerful people who are women and also lesbian. In “The Silicon Gambit” both the protagonist and the vice-president are lesbians.
I did research by spending a month reading books on the Passamaquoddy, the native americans of that area and others. The Mi’kmaq called themselves L’nu’k, meaning “the people
Connect with Isabella
My Website www.BlackRaptorBooks.com