Join us as we dig into Crimson Mage and ask author Dorothy Dreyer questions about her process, her characters, the plot, and everything in between. How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

It made me double guess everything I write, which is both bad and good. I want to be able to get my ideas across accurately and without too much fluff, but after going through the editing process, I have more of an idea of what pitfalls I can encounter. So I spend more time than I should editing as I write, and that method is too slow. If I could turn off the editor in my brain, I could get the story down faster and be able to go back and edit once it’s done.

Would you have done something different in your publishing process, knowing what you know now?

There were things I would have been able to avoid if I had known then what I know now, but I can’t know for sure that I would have ended up where I am now if I hadn’t gone down the same roads I did in my naivety. I guess the only thing I can say I truly regret is not starting sooner.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/Patronus?

So, there are a couple different things I would choose for different reasons, but I think I’m going to have to go with a phoenix. Rising from the ashes and all that. I think it speaks a lot to my publishing journey.

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