B. D. West is a writer of fiction, children stories, poetry, romance, short stories and especially science fiction. She has been writing since the young age of 15. Poetry has always been one of her favorite ways of expressing how she feels even though that changes every day. Her favorite saying is “What I feel today might not be necessarily how I feel tomorrow and poetry helps me to work that out”. B. D. West has a passion for story telling that can be felt in every word written on paper from the poems that she writes to the daring fictional worlds that she creates. Inspired by her surroundings in North Carolina B. D. West often enjoys writing poetry and fictional stories based on local folklore. She also has a soft spot in her heart for the writings of Edgar Allan Poe and if you look carefully you may spot his style shining through her poetry.
B. D. West debut novel Wynter Of Wolves has been what she calls ‘A labor of Love’ and she is excited to share it with the world.
So let’s get into the questions!
First, tell us about your book!
Wynter Of Wolves is about a man living in Alaska and he runs a home town bar with his dog Indigo at his side. He always felt like he did’nt belong and knowing he was adopted only increased those feelings. Three strangers enters his bar one night and his life changes forever.
How did you come up with this idea? What inspired you?
In 2018 I had a dream that I was standing in a frozen wood watching a man from a distance. He was chopping wood and I could feel how frustrated he was and before I woke up, I knew he was a wolf. My husband urged me to write the dream down and the next year the story came to life.
Tell us a little bit about your main character(s). Were you inspired by anyone particular when writing them?
Wynter’s character was influenced by my husbands personality. Like my husband, Wynter is always searching for more than what is in front of him and he is fiercely protective of his family.
What about your setting? What inspired you to choose where the story took place?
I chose Alaska because of the winter setting and I love a play on words. Then as you read the book, Wynter begins to travel to some of the most beautiful places in the US and Canada to some known and hidden places reserved only for the wolves.
Obviously, stories change from their initial inception. How has your story changed while working on it?
I thought about building a full fantasy world for the wolves but then as I began to think about Wynter, I thought it would be fun to place the wolves in a position of hiding in plain sight, as if they have been running the world.
What is your writing process like?
I first write out my ideas into a composition book and then I lay out a storyline on paper. Then I just sit down with my notes and I begin my rough draft on my laptop. I take my time because in a story, like the ones I write, there is a lot of research involved. Then after the rough draft is finished; the real work begins. I begin the rewrite and then the editing.
What part of the writing process do you enjoy the most?
The rewrite is the most fun because I can begin to fill in the details and I love researching places and history I could possibly use.
What was the most difficult part in writing your book? How did you overcome it?
The editing is always the hardest part but I just slow down and take my time.
Now let’s talk personal inspiration: did anyone or anything inspire you to be a writer?
My English teacher gave me an assignment in high school and after she read my paper I had wrote, she said I could be a writer some day. Until that moment I had only just loved to read books. I never thought that my imagination could take me somewhere. She gave me the inspiration to find my direction.
Finally, do you have any words of inspiration or tips to new authors?
I always tell my fellow authors to never give up or listen to negativity. As writers we hear a lot of hurtful comments on wanting to be writers or about works we have put out into the world. It can sting but I encourage them to keep their heads up and keep writing. I also encourage them to surround themselves with a writing community whether from social media or at a local library because the support you get is all you need.
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