Selene Zanetti

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For as long as she can remember Selene wanted to be an author. As a child, she entered writing competitions, horror being her genre of choice. Stephen King was her hero. In her teens, Selene fell in love with the idea of being in love after discovering Dolly Fiction novels, and the focus of her writing changed.

After graduating high school she received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing. It wasn’t what she expected. Instead of seeking work in the industry, Selene studied as an Interior Designer. The creative freedom stimulated her artistic flare, but she missed writing.

Over Christmas she took some time off and wrote Poetic Rhythm—a project that began as a bit of fun has lured her back to her first love—writing.

Selene lives by the beach in Perth, Western Australia, with her real-life hero.

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Q: What advice would you give an aspiring author?

A: My top three tips would be:

#1. Join a writing group, and mingle with like-minded people on a regular basis.

#2. Know your audience.

#3. Keep writing. The saying practice makes perfect wasn’t made famous just to annoy children, when preached to by their schoolteacher.

Q: Who is your favourite author, and why?

A: Nora Roberts would have to be my favourite. She writes characters that feel like friends, and she manages to transport her readers to places they’ve never visited. Her diverse storylines ensure a novel to satisfy my every mood.

I also enjoy Maggie Shayne. Her Portal Series is one I could read over again. She captures the supernatural world as though the one we live in, and her knowledge, as a High Priestess witch is evident in her novels.

Q: What’s your writing process?

A: I steal time every opportunity I get, and then I just write. Starting at the beginning I lightly edit each chapter as I go, and continue the process through to the end. For my novellas I don’t plan, but for longer novels I do if I encounter flat spots in my manuscript.

Q: Who inspired you to become an author?

A: I was lucky to have a creative fifth grade teacher, Mrs. B, who encouraged the arts in all its forms. Storytelling and working with color won it for me, I am still passionate about these forms now. I was, and still am, an avid reader. I too wanted to craft pleasure through words.

Q: If you could cast characters in the movie adaptation of your book, which would act as your hero and heroine?

A: Having already written Poetic Rhythm I would probably choose Theo James, as Jed, and Ashley Green, as Sasha. I love watching my own characters come to life on the page, so I don’t usually base them around actors, or people I know.

Q: Do you write full time?

A: Not at the moment. I have my own interior design and decorating business, but as much as I adore creating the perfect space for my clients to enjoy, I do hope the balance will shift, and design will become second to writing.

Q: Where do you live?

A: I live by the beach in Western Australia. The fresh sea air, and long walks help to clear my mind, making room for creativity to flow.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do beside writing?

A: The Australian lifestyle is so laid back, and social. I love spending time with family and friends, enjoying a barbeque and a glass of white wine. Recently, I have started Latin American dancing. I have a lot of fun, even if I don’t quite get all the steps right.

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