In the Spotlight: Zhara Freytes on Writing, Characters, and her release ‘Like Parting Two Seas’ (author interview)

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Like Two Parting Seas (States of Love) by Zhara Freytes
Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Purchase Link:  Dreamspinner Press

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have Zhara Freytes here today talking about her latest release Like Two Parting Seas. Welcome, Zhara!

~ Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Interview with Zhara Freytes ~

  • How much of yourself goes into a character?

I tend to write from personal experiences because I feel it makes my writing more authentic, but I also like to give my characters their own personality that might defer from my own in a lot of ways. So I would say it’s an even balance depending on what the story is and what the message that I’m trying to get across is.

  • Do you feel there’s a tight line between Mary Sue or should I say Gary Stu and using your own experiences to create a character?

There definitely is a tight line. A character should be multidimensional and should be their own person. Making them like anyone else, making them have no flaws, is doing an injustice to any character an author might create. Using personal experiences can help, but it’s important to remember that you’re not writing about yourself, so to speak. You’re writing someone else’s story through your writing.

  • Does research play a role into choosing which genre you write?  Do you enjoy research or prefer making up your worlds and cultures?

Research, for me, is important, especially when writing about a real place or culture. I wouldn’t want to misrepresent something that might offend someone. Even in the supernatural genre, I think it’s important to research and make sure the world you’re creating is your own and that you’re not stepping on any toes.

  • Has your choice of childhood or teenage reading genres carried into your own choices for writing?

Definitely. I think it helped me realize what genres I like more and which I could relate to more so that in my writing it will sound authentic and not forced.

  • Have you ever had to put an ‘in progress’ story aside because of the emotional ties with it?  You were hurting with the characters or didn’t know how to proceed?

Yes, more than once. Sometimes I get so sucked into the world of my characters that I start to believe I’m the one going through it. It’s heartbreaking to watch your characters suffer because they become your children, your family. You want them to be happy and when the story isn’t heading that way, it can be emotionally stressful.

  • Do you like HFN or HEA? And why?

I like happy for now ending more because I think it’s more enjoyable for the readers to make up their own conclusions about what happens in the future. I never want to force my readers to accept something that they, maybe, don’t agree with. HFN allows everyone to make their own ending and be happy with the result.

  • Do you read romances, as a teenager and as an adult?

Yes. Romance is my absolute favorite genre to read. Especially because there’s so many different romantic relationships to explore and the content it neverending.

  • Who do you think is your major influence as a writer?  Now and growing up?

I don’t think I have a specific major influence other than life itself. There’s so many stories that need to be told and I enjoy telling them and putting my own spin on them. Life is the best experience that I can have as an author.

  • How do you feel about the ebook format and where do you see it going?

The internet grows by the year and I think nowadays it’s so much easier to read something off a phone or tablet and not have to deal with a paperback. Sure, it’s always nice to read a paperback, but it’s so much simpler to not have to lug a physical book around and be able to pull it up on your electronic and read it whenever. I think as the days go on, it will become more popular.

  • How do you choose your covers?  (curious on my part)

I like to have it represent something from the book. If it’s a book that has a strong music influence, I’d like my cover to have something with music on it.

  • Do you have a favorite among your own stories?  And why?

No, I don’t think so because each story is unique and it wouldn’t be fair to my characters to choose a favorite. It’s like choosing a favorite child; not a very nice, or easy, thing to do for most.

  • What’s next for you as an author?

I hope to only grow as an author, make the next book bigger and better than the last. That’s my goal.

Blurb

After two years of internet chats and crappy video calls, Nathan and Leonardo will finally meet face-to-face, and the anticipation is killing them both. Their slow-simmering desire to be together soon boils over as Nathan shows Leo around his hometown of Boise, Idaho. Witty conversation fills their days, passion fills their nights, and both young men know they belong in each other’s lives. But how can a romance, let alone a relationship, work when Nathan’s career is in Boise and Leo must soon return to his home in Italy? Since neither is ready to say goodbye to the budding love affair, they’re determined to find a solution before the end of Leo’s holiday.

 

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