Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?
Cye Thomas: The editing. Creating a story is the easy part, ripping it apart and putting it back together is harder.
Romelia: DOES YOUR FAMILY SUPPORT YOUR CAREER AS A WRITER?
Cye Thomas: Yes, I think I might get on their nerves at some points, but as a whole, they seem to be behind me.
Romelia: IF YOU HAD TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY AS A CHILD OR TEENAGER TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER AS AN ADULT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Cye Thomas: I would have listened more at school, especially in English, but life is school. We are learning all the time. I guess we never really stop.
Romelia: HOW LONG ON AVERAGE DOES IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE A BOOK?
Cye Thomas: It varies. My first novel took years. It was a hard slog. I didn’t know what I was doing, and I had to learn as I went. I’ve recently started my 2nd novel and I’m hoping to have it finished by next summer.
Romelia: DO YOU BELIEVE IN WRITER’S BLOCK?
Cye Thomas: I believe in it, fortunately though, I’ve not suffered from it, not yet anyway. There is still at least six more books in me.
Romelia: AT WHAT POINT DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD CALL THEMSELVES A WRITER?
Cye Thomas: That’s a hard one. I suppose you could say that you are a writer as soon as you have something published, but it’s a grey area.
Romelia: WHAT DIFFERENCE DO YOU SEE BETWEEN A WRITER AND AN AUTHOR?
Cye Thomas: An author is someone who creates pictures from his or her mind, like a painter puts pictures to canvass, a writer can be anyone, a news columnist for instance.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU PROCESS AND DEAL WITH NEGATIVE BOOK REVIEWS?
Cye Thomas: I get angry, I sulk for a while and then I take the time to look at what’s been said. If the comments are fair, I dissect the critique and do my best to understand what I’ve done wrong and how I can change it.
Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR WRITING PROCESS?
Cye Thomas: Time. There is never enough of it. Writing flows so freely when you re in the mood and having to stop is really irritating.
Romelia: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING OR WHEN DID YOU START?
Cye Thomas: I am a late starter. I never knew I wanted to be a writer. Music was always my passion. I guess I’ve always written in one form or another though. As a vocalist I wrote lyrics for my bands and lyrics are essentially short stories aren’t they?
Romelia: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A WRITER WORKING ON THEIR FIRST BOOK?
Cye Thomas: Get a decent editor. Don’t try to do it alone. It is the biggest mistake I made at the start and was a big learning curb.
Romelia: WHAT, TO YOU, ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF GOOD WRITING?
Cye Thomas: Imagination, perseverance and self-belief.
Romelia: WHAT COMES FIRST FOR YOU – THE PLOT OR THE CHARACTERS – AND WHY?
Cye Thomas: The plot I guess, but I usually have a name already worked out for my main character. In my opinion the story is the most important aspect. The characters can change and often do during the process.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU DEVELOP YOUR PLOT AND CHARACTERS?
Cye Thomas: I get an initial idea of a plot in my head and then let it take me. The story tends to write itself.
Romelia: WHEN DID YOU FIRST CALL YOURSELF A WRITER?
Cye Thomas: I’m still on the fence on that one. Writing is a hobby. It is not my first job. I hardly make any money from it, but I love what I do. To do it full time, that would be great Maybe then, I could really truly call myself a writer?
Romelia: HOW DO YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA AS AN AUTHOR?
Cye Thomas: I’m very useless with social media. As a writer, the hardest part is getting your book out there to the masses. I am still learning, exploring and figuring out the best ways to move forward.
Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE PART OF PUBLISHING?
Cye Thomas: Well the best part is getting your novel out there. That feeling when you first see it in print, you can’t beat that, but the worst part is the feeling of dread that follows, wondering if people will like it, wondering if you’ll fall flat on your face.
Romelia: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO AN AUTHOR WHO WANTED TO DESIGN THEIR OWN COVER?
Cye Thomas: If they are artistic, why not? I can’t draw a pencil, so I’ll always need someone to create my cover for me.
Romelia: HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU WRITTEN AND WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE?
Cye Thomas: So far I have only written one novel, Earth Door. I am currently writing my next book and have just completed two short stories which I hope will be available fairly soon. I am also appearing in a work by Sweety Cat press in November called “I the author,” a collection of works by over a hundred authors, telling what inspired them to write.
Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK DID YOU HAVE THE HARDEST TIME WRITING?
Cye Thomas: The re-writes.
Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK WAS THE MOST FUN TO WRITE?
Cye Thomas: All of it, but I guess getting to the end was a buzz.
Romelia: WHICH OF THE CHARACTERS DO YOU RELATE TO THE MOST AND WHY?
Cye Thomas: The main character Bain Edwards. Although he is nothing like me, there are elements of me within him.
Romelia: IF YOU’RE PLANNING A SEQUEL. CAN YOU SHARE A TINY BIT ABOUT YOUR PLANS FOR IT?
Cye Thomas: Initially I had no intention to write a sequel but having had one or two people ask me to, I am now re-thinking. I have an initial plot in my head and hope to start work next summer. I don’t intend to give the plot away, but the book will start where the last one left off.
Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY ABOUT YOUR ADULT LIFE.
Cye Thomas: According to my partner I am.
Romelia: describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.
Cye Thomas: Being asperges I take everything literally, so I hate the fact that this world is so very confusing.