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Author Honor Raconteur

About Honor- 

Ever since Honor Raconteur was a toddler, she has been making up stories. She would entertain anyone willing to listen to her wild fantasies about unicorns and gargoyles and amazing people. At 13, she started writing the stories down. At 23, she finished the first book that was good enough to publish.

She put Jaunten out as an ebook, created a website and forum so that fans could communicate with her, and spread the word as best she could. Within three months, Jaunten was selling internationally. Within five months, Honor was making enough to quit the day job and sit at home, writing full time.

Honor has continued to write and publish the rest of her books through Raconteur House. When she’s not writing or editing, Honor likes to go out into the community and give presentations of how to be an author. Even if Honor abruptly stop selling books tomorrow, she would still continue to write. Creating characters and worlds is that much fun.

Questions –

  1. When did realize that you wanted to be an author?

When I was five. My mother is my witness to this. I had quite a few people that tried to deter me but their concerns and negativity never made much of a dent. 

  1. How long does it take for you to write one of your books?

At this point I can write the initial rough draft in about 6 weeks. Takes another 4 weeks to refine and do all the edits. 

  1. How do you balance your work schedule when you’re busy writing?

I try to write about three hours, breaking it up for a morning session, take a break for several hours and then come back to it in the afternoon. I’m a full time author, so I basically can focus on writing and life, which is nice. 

  1. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I can’t write off a timeline or an outline. I write scenes as they come to me, then put it together like a jigsaw puzzle. Most authors do not do this, for good reason, but my brain doesn’t seem to work any other way. 

  1. How do you come up with ideas for your books?

I go to sleep. No, seriously, most of my ideas are dreams that I have. (Naps are extremely dangerous for this reason.) 

  1. When did you write your first book?

Technically? When I was five. I was twenty-four when I wrote Jaunten, the first book I published. 

  1. What are your hobbies when you’re not writing?

Oh, I get into all sorts of things. Martial arts, ballroom dancing, I like to indulge in leather working as well. My current long-term project is training my dog Captain to be a therapy dog. 

  1. What does your family and close friends think of your writing?

They’re very supportive about it. Some of them are fans and read the books, others help me with their expertise when I need it. 

  1. What was one of the most interesting things that you learned about yourself when you published your first book?

That I have no salesmanship ability. Seriously, I’m a terrible salesman. 

  1. How many books have you written? Which one is your favorite?

I’ve written 27 books at this point. And I refuse to pick a favorite book, that’s like picking a favorite child. I won’t do it. 

  1. What do you think makes a good story?

There are a lot of elements to making a good story. Good characters with character development are key. We like series because we want to see more of the characters, after all. I feel that every good book should have at least a little humor in it, as life has ups and downs, and a story should too. The hardest part of telling a good story is keeping the tension up, with good pacing, and that takes practice. 

  1. Where do you like to kick back and write your books?

I actually have a home office that I work out of. When I’m on a trip, though, just give me a laptop and headphones, and I can work from anywhere. 

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