Author Tiffany Apan
Photo credit: Andrew Dantzler
First tell us a little bit about yourself, and who you are:
Thank you for having me here!
I am a dark fiction author, along with a singer/songwriter/musician/actor, and also have a new product line of therapeutic candles and other products inspired by my written works, particularly The Birthrite. In addition, I also am involved in the world of Living History. You can say I have a very overactive imagination and always have. And I don’t think it’s going away any time soon.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
To write stories that captivate the reader and take them into another world. That is always my goal when I write.
Which writers inspire you?
It’s a toss up between Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Bronte. While there are contemporary authors that I do enjoy, I am quite taken by our writers of yore. Poe is just brilliant to me.
With Emily Bronte, the fact that her work, Wuthering Heights, is often so misunderstood and misinterpreted fascinates me alone. I’ve also been reading a lot on her life, those of her sisters Anne and Charlotte, her brother Branwell, and her father Patrick. It is quite interesting finding out what inspired them to write as they did.
Also Tolkien. Because Tolkien reigns supreme.
I also enjoy H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, Bram Stoker, Zane Grey, Rod Serling, Washington Irving, Oscar Wilde, Clive Barker, Mary Shelly, Anne Rice, Shirley Jackson, Charlotte Bronte, William Shakespeare, George Orwell, L. Frank Baum, Lewis Carroll, CS Lewis, Emily Dickinson, Kate Chopin, among others. Any author or writer that can tell a good story with vivid characters and a plot that makes you think (possibly even questioning your own sanity and the world around you) is more than okay by me!
So, what have you written?
I write fiction, along with some non-fiction/editorial pieces. My short stories, The Cemetery by the Lake, Dusk to Dawn, and Romancing Elena are currently available. In 2012, my screenplay, Driving Nowhere, won for Best Horror Short Script in the 2012 International Indie Gathering Film Festival, which was an amazing honor. I also write most of the lyrics to my released songs and I am currently in the process of writing a novel series titled The Birthrite (the first novel and novelette are currently available).
These can all be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble NOOK, iTunes, Smashwords, and other retailers.
What genre do you write in?
My overall genre is dark, gothic fiction. However, some of the subgenres include paranormal, romance, horror, occult, and historical. A lot of the Gothic Fiction I’ve read has shown some of the best depictions of the human experience. And that is the journey I enjoy going on when I write.
How much research do you do?
It depends on the story, as some require more research than others. For my series, The Birthrite, I did about three years of research before the story actually started taking shape. And I’m still researching as I write different installments.
Have you ever co-written any of your work?
I have been on a couple anthologies and I’ve edited some works for other writers, but I still have yet to be a ‘co-author.’
When did you decide to become a writer?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to write stories, lyrics, and poetry. But it wasn’t until my fifth grade writing class that I and others realized just how vivid my imagination could be. At that time, we got to learning of and studying the principles of poetry, so naturally writing a poem was one of the assignments in the class. Because I had an obsession with Norway and Vikings (and still kind of do), I wrote of a Viking sea adventure (when everyone else chose to write of a family member or pet…are there any other ten-year-olds out there obsessed with Vikings or was I the only one?). My English teacher said that I had a great talent for writing and encouraged me to continue from there.
Why do you write?
I get great thrill out of exploring worlds outside of my own and putting them down for others to see.
Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
I do try to write a little everyday, usually early in the morning or late at night (both of those times are when my creative juices are really going).
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
How much I write a day depends on what all I’m working on. If I have multiple projects or a deadline to meet, I will definitely increase the word/page count.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I usually type on a computer, but if there is a section that really needs fleshing out, I find I have an easier time with that in writing longhand.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania in the Appalachian Mountains, and it had a HUGE impact on my writing. In fact, that setting serves as a backdrop for most of my stories. It is just so beautiful and peaceful up there. It’s almost like another world in itself. Which can lead to the imagination wandering to all sorts of places. I also draw a lot of inspiration from historical events, stories on the paranormal and paranormal events, and sometimes an idea just hits me out of nowhere.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I’m a very organic writer, so I normally just start with an idea in mind and see where it takes me. However, when the story starts taking shape and the plot becomes more intricate, that is when I tend to outline as a way of keeping everything in order.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
A short story usually takes about a month or two, from rough draft to finished product. A novel can take up to about a year or year and a half. Sometimes less, though.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
Though I have a soft spot for traditional paper/hard back books, I also don’t mind e-books. I do find the latter to be a great way of trying a new author.
Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
A little of both.
Tell us a little bit about your book covers: Did you design them, or have them designed?
When I go to design the cover for my books, I of course think of the story and what I would like to highlight from it. I then construct and sketch potential covers until I’m happy with the design. Then, with the help of graphics design extraordinaire, Rowen Poole, we bring it to life. 🙂
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
I do. We humans tend to be visual creatures and an attractive cover tends to draw a potential reader’s attention before they will look into what the story is about.
How are you publishing this book and why?
Indie for now, as I do want the creative freedom.
What do you think of “trailers” for books?
I think they are a great advertising tool, especially with the now wide use of the internet.
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?
I do. Here is the trailer for
The Birth Rite Trailer
Do you ever do giveaways, or free download days?
I do. Keep checking my website and blog or follow me on social media if you would like to keep up to date on when I have a giveaway. I also have a newsletter at my website.
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Thank you for checking out my work. I am at the following links:
Tiffany Apan Offical Author Site
Tiffany Apan Writing Project Blog
Tiffany Apan FB Author Page
Tiffany Apan Pinterest
Tiffany Apan Amazon Author Page
Tiffany Apan on Smashwords
Tiffany Apan Music
Tiffany Apan on Goodreads