The 'My Interview With...' series continues with an indie author I've been following for quite a few years and who has taken her own twist on the vampire myth first to novels, then independent-made films and now to comic books, Lia Scott Price.
Below is Lia's bio and our interview.
Lia Scott Price is the creator of "Vampire Guardian AngelsTM". She is a horror/vampire author, film producer, and comic book writer/creator who features her characters in her trilogy novel, graphic novel, films, and comic book series. Lia self-publishes her books and self-produces her independent films. Lia appears as a character in her Vampire Guardian Angel Trilogy Novel, Films, and Comic Books Series. She is CEO of Lia Scott Price Productions Inc. Her film production company turns her novels into films. She is also an actress, director, and cinematographer. Lia features her characters in the following books and promotional films: "PRA/EY" (Film Short), Vampire Guardian AngelsTM Comic Book Series, "The Guardian, Revenant, and Dominion" (Vampire Trilogy Book and Graphic Novel), "The Serial Killer and Vampire Guardian AngelTM Diaries" (Film Shorts), "Scenes from A Novel" (Film Shorts), "The Guardian" (Feature Film), and "Dominion" (Feature Film). Lia's books and films are distributed through createspace.com, amazon.com, amazon kindle and amazon video downloads. (Taken from Lia's website)
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I have an overactive imagination and I had to put that into words, and start creating my own world. An escape from reality kind of. I started out by writing novels, and then film, and then moved on to comic books. I wanted to test every medium to see if I could bring my "worlds" to life.
What are you working on right now?
I'm finishing up Issue 6 of my Vampire Guardian Angels comic book series. I'm also learning how to draw and ink my own comic books so it's keeping me busy. Readers can check out my comic books at http://vampireguardianangelscomics.tumblr.com
How does your work differ from others of its genre?
I try to create new twists. Not the same vampires. I try to find something completely new and different and something that's hopefully not seen before instead of doing "remakes".
Why did you choose the genre you write in?
Horror is so versatile. I can create new monsters or dabble in creature design. Creating disturbing worlds is stress relief. I can face my fears and have fun at it.
What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I work an 8 hour full time job during the day, so I have evenings and weekends to work on my comic books. Since I work close to home, I start my next "shift" after dinner, from around 7pm to 10pm on week nights, and 6am to midnight on weekends. I'm an organizing/scheduling freak so I know exactly what I need to do during my schedule. I plan things ahead, often a full year in advance . I have excel files for my excel files and planners for my planners.
How much research do you do before and during a writing project?
A lot. Mostly online. When I was writing novels I used to travel to places I would use, such as Brooklyn New York. But now I can find info I need online. I usually spend a few hours a week researching as I write.
A lot of research is devoted to publishing, finding comic cons, printers etc. Mostly business stuff, in addition to the creative. It helps me be more realistic.
How does your writing process work?
I come up with ideas when it's the most inconvenient time to write them down lol-- in the shower, while washing dishes, my brain is always hashing things out. I keep a pen and paper by my bed- dreams are my main source
Who are your writing influences?
Anime, horror movies, comic books, pretty much anything that catches my interest. If something I read, doesn't matter what it is, starts up my imagination, that's my influence. Also, real life. If I'm going through something, it'll sometimes end up on paper.
What other authors do you read?
I find inspiration in books that have nothing to do with horror actually. I love reading medieval history, online newspapers, watching documentaries. Sometimes influences come from the most unexpected places.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Play with my cat. Then again, when am I not writing? There is really no downtime for me. I'm a type A personality. I always have to be working. My mind never stops. Except when I'm watching silly cat videos.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I hear a lot from my readers who are very supportive and fantastic. They are also who keep me going. They also compliment the artists for my comic books as well since they do a great job! I'm always grateful for the positive feedback and support! Thank you to my fans!