Interview with Author – Thomas W. Devine

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About Thomas W. Devine:
Thomas W Devine was born in New Zealand and educated at Marlborough College and Waikato University. After a successful career in public administration he now writes full time. He has published eight novels, his first becoming a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. He currently lives in Wellington with his wife and extended family.

What inspires you to write?
I love creating stories and characters that people might enjoy reading about. It’s immensely satisfying and fulfilling. Once I have a self-convincing plot idea in my head I just have to flesh it out into a full-blown novel.

Tell us about your writing process.
I started out in my first two books with nothing more than an idea in my head which I let develop (seat of the pants) as I wrote. I then started using mind maps (on paper) simple or complex for both character relationships & plot elements and combined it with detailed character fact sheets (on paper) prepared in advance for key characters to improve my characterization.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Not exactly, but I do regard them as “children” growing up and developing, empowering them to become their own persons within the scope of the story idea. I feel very fatherly about the characters I create, though I sometimes kill them off.

What advice would you give other writers?
If you have a true calling you’ll persevere. Learn the craft of writing before you start to write or at least before you do a final draft for publication. Use specialists (sub-contractors) to hone your work, especially if you self-publish. Listen openly to the opinion of others about your work. If you get encouragement let it help you with any self-doubt but don’t get big-headed.. Love the creative process and the hard work.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
Rejections almost turned me off writing and publishing. Then getting a semi-final entry in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award led me to discover indie-publishing. It has so many advantages, especially with the CreateSpace.com platform.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
My crystal ball isn’t functioning.

What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer

What genres do you write?: thriller, suspense, adventure

What formats are your books in?: Print, Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Thomas W. Devine Home Page Link

Interview with Author – Mary T. Wagner

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About Mary T. Wagner:
Mary T. Wagner is a former newspaper and magazine journalist who changed careers at forty by going to law school and becoming a criminal prosecutor. However, she never could step away from the written word entirely, and inevitably the joy of writing drew her back to the keyboard. A Chicago native, this mother of four and recent new grandmother now lives in rural Wisconsin, where she draws much inspiration for writing from daily walks in the countryside with her dog, Lucky, and the cat who thinks he’s a dog…The Meatball. Wagner’s ongoing legal experience has ranged from handling speeding tickets to arguing and winning several cases before the Wisconsin Supreme Court…sometimes in the same week!

Her first three essay collections–Running with Stilettos, Heck on Heels, and Fabulous in Flats–have garnered numerous national and regional awards, including a Gold E-Lit Book Award, an Indie Excellence Award, and “Published Book of the Year” by the Florida Writers Association. Now her latest book, “When the Shoe Fits…Essays of Love, Life and Second Chances” rounds up her favorites–and reader favorites–into a “best of” collection now available on Amazon in paperback and ebook formats. Wagner’s life experiences includes the defining watershed of motherhood, and stints as a girl scout troop leader, truck stop waitress, office temp, judicial clerk, and radio talk show host. She counts both wearing spike heels and learning to use a cordless drill and chainsaw among her “late blooming” discoveries, and would be hard pressed to surrender either her favorite stilettos or her power tools.

What inspires you to write?
I don’t know that I’m so much “inspired” to write as that I am absolutely “driven” to do it. It has been part of my makeup for so long that if I can’t sit down once in a while and let the words come out on to paper or a screen, I feel like the top of my head may come clean off! There are times I write because it’s what gets me through some horrific channels, such as the illness and death of a parent. Then there are others where silliness takes hold in the form of writing about shoes, or chocolate, or the fact that particular plants have overtaken my garden and I am engaged in a strange form of combat to rein them in. And then there is the vast middle, where I try to put into words experiences I have but also feel that others are going through as well–changing careers, raising children, trying new things, learning about self-reliance, and the importance of power tools.

Tell us about your writing process.
I am utterly a “seat of the pants” writer. My first professional writing experience was as a newspaper reporter back in the day before cell phones existed, and finding a pay phone was a necessary step to phoning in a story before deadline. So I learned to put words together quickly, under circumstances that could mildly be called “chaotic”! When I sit down to write, I rarely have a structure in mind. Rather, it’s more of an idea that emerges as the words flow out and more follow suit. And then I’ll sit back and figure out whether I need to move some things around or to add some things in.

What advice would you give other writers?
Write what you love. Write from your heart. And write to please yourself first. If you aren’t true to your own voice, why should anyone else listen?

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had started out with a collection of essays from my first blog, “Running with Stilettos,” and quickly found that while editors and agents had encouraging words to say about the submission…they felt they couldn’t sell this kind of a book by an unknown author. Then when I looked at the amount of time that would go by between acceptance by a traditional publisher and actually seeing my book in hand in printed form, I chucked the idea entirely and forged ahead on my own. I’ve never regretted it, and have had some truly amazing experiences as a result.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I am completely agog at the fluid nature of how the industry is changing. I wouldn’t begin to predict what’s going to happen next!

What genres do you write?: Memoir, essays, literature, inspiration

What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Mary T. Wagner Home Page Link
Link To Mary T. Wagner Page On Amazon

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Interview with Author – Sarah Downing

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About Sarah Downing:
Sarah was born and raised in England. She has a background in ecology and countryside management.

She is a member of a traditional English martial arts school, studying both armed and unarmed combat, including English country backswording, Cornish wrestling and even shin-kicking. Sarah also does the occasional re-enactment.

What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired by music lyrics, places I visit or work, myth, folklore, sagas, historical documentaries, architecture, conversations with friends and family.

Tell us about your writing process.
I tend to write outlines and then end up ignoring once I start writing. The major scenes for the story are always in the back of my head when I’m writing. When I get writers block, I tend to take it as a sign that I’m trying to force the story in the wrong direction. Skipping forward to the next major scene I have in mind, and then working backwards (with some re-writing) usually gets me past the block.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters, I have to, otherwise they refuse to co-operate and I end up starring at the same page getting nothing written.

I ended up splitting the narrative between my two main characters, written in the first person, because Coiran is shy and she kept trying to slip into the background.

What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing, write every day. Read it through and re-write once you have a complete first draft. Use more than one spell checker to check for errors (they don’t all pick up the same mistakes) and read/listen to your work read aloud, it helps pick up additional errors.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I always intended to self-publish, originally just as an ebook. I’d brought a book on how to create ebooks, that was really straight forward and easy to follow.

I would advise new authors to look at several self-publishing services and decide which is best for them. I went with Lulu, as they have a wide distribution base. However, most of my sales have actually been through Amazon, so I’m thinking I might actually publish my next book through Kindle Direct.

I would also advise new writers to research how to market their books, before they publish as that is the hardest part.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think indie publishing will continue to grow.

As for ebooks vs. paperbacks. I can’t imagine ebooks replacing paperbacks. As much as I love ebooks (I hate getting rid of books as I re-read) as it give me more space, both my book case and desk are overflowing with books and I have more in boxes under my bed. It does make it difficult to share books with friends, so the books I really like I buy both electronically and in paperback.

What do you use?: Beta Readers

What genres do you write?: Fantasy

What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Sarah Downing Home Page Link
Link To Sarah Downing Page On Amazon
Link to Author Page on Lulu

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Interview with Author – Stephanie Sterner

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About Stephanie Sterner:
Emotions and relationships are Stephanie Sterner’s passion. Rather than pursuing a degree in psychology, she has paid great attention to the lessons provided by the School of Life. She has also become certified in a number of alternative therapies, including NLP, kinesiology and ZPoint. Through years of study, research, and contemplation – as well as her work with clients and students – she has become an expert in human nature.

Because she is also an expert on assertiveness and how to say “no”, she is currently writing a series of books about setting boundaries. Once this is completed, she intends to broaden her scope to include our relationship with our emotions (which plays such an important role in saying “no”).

As an author, Stephanie expresses a profound understanding of human nature and situations in ways that we can all understand. Rather than give you systems or formulas to follow, she prefers to share universal principles and help you to apply them. That way you can come to understand what’s best for you. Stephanie’s core belief is that you must live your life according to your own values, not someone else’s.

What inspires you to write?
My writing is inspired by my desire to help people to understand themselves and others. When I give talks, I love watching people “get it”. Their eyes light up (or grow big) when they see what’s been happening in a difficult relationship – or within themselves. This new understanding empowers them to transform themselves as well as their relationships. And although I don’t get to witness that “Aha!” moment when someone reads one of my books, I know that it’s available for anyone who’s ready for change.

Tell us about your writing process.
I’m an outliner, as I suspect many non-fiction writers are. If I were writing fiction, I’d probably try software. But for now, good old Word gives me all I need.

My early books had few characters, as I saw the reader as the main character. But my latest book, The Insider’s Guide to Better Boundaries, has over 20 characters. I needed to create basic character sketches just to make sure I stayed consistent. I couldn’t afford to have a single college student who’s struggling to set boundaries with her roommate show up later in the book as the mother of three teenagers! My characters are simple – just detailed enough to support my examples. But I enjoy writing dialogue, so maybe someday I’ll write a novel about a woman learning how to assert herself.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t write fiction yet, but I hope that if I do my characters will be worth listening and talking to!

What advice would you give other writers?
When you feel passionately about something, then it’s time to write. If the topic is big enough, you can afford to look at what will interest your market. But that’s hard to predict, and often even harder to write. When you go with your passion, you’ll do your best work.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
My decision was simple. As a new author, I had no connections and a book that was too concise to fit the standard publishing model. So self-publishing was clearly the way to go. I like the freedom it gives me, although it is a lot of work. How to publish is a very individual decision; everyone’s situation is different.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I love that we have so many options than before. Self-publishing is here to stay, as both ebooks and print have become so affordable. I see a growing market for companies that promote books. Writing and marketing are very different skills, and few authors are skilled at both.

What do you use?: Beta Readers

What genres do you write?: I write nonfiction, inspirational and self-help books.

What formats are your books in?: eBook

Website(s)
Stephanie Sterner Home Page Link
Link To Stephanie Sterner Page On Amazon

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Interview with Author – Rebecca Belliston

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About Rebecca Belliston:
Rebecca Lund Belliston is the author of the romantic suspense novel, Sadie, its sequel, Augustina, and a new trilogy entitled Citizens of Logan Pond. Rebecca also composes piano and vocal music. When she’s not writing fiction, music, or chasing her five kids, she can be found cuddled up with a good book. She and her family live in Michigan.

What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired by real people in hard situations. I’m a believer in the power of the human spirit to overcome tough times stronger and better for it.

Tell us about your writing process.
I tend to outline a lot in the beginning and then let the story take whatever direction it needs to. I love using Scrivener. It’s been wonderful for writing. I do extensive character sketches before I write, including gathering pictures, background stories, and family relationships.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I talk to my characters (and listen to them) all day long. Help!

What advice would you give other writers?
Read. Write. Study. Repeat. Oh, and be patient with yourself. Any goal worth having takes time and perseverance.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first novel is an LDS romance (religious), and so I submitted it to the largest publisher of that genre. I was thrilled when they accepted it. I self-published the sequel have been pleased with that whole process. With this new series which isn’t religious, I shopped it around to publishers and chose Crescent Moon Press. I would advise authors to explore all publishing avenues, especially some of the roads less traveled. You’ll know when it’s right.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it is exciting to see so many books coming to readers. I’m anxious for genres which aren’t your typical genre to finally find a voice. There are going to be so many options for readers to find the perfect book for them in the future, and that thrills me.

What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers

What genres do you write?: Dystopian, New Adult, Clean Romances, LDS

What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Rebecca Belliston Home Page Link
Link To Rebecca Belliston Page On Amazon

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Interview with Author – Erica Ridley

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About Erica Ridley:
Erica Ridley learned to read when she was three, which was about the same time she decided to be a writer when she grew up. Now, she’s a USA Today best-selling author of historical romance novels. Her latest series, The Dukes of War, features roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England. When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.

What inspires you to write?
I have always loved to write. When I was a kid, I filled reams of spiral notebooks with stories and poems and dramatic sagas about the lives of teenagers in improbable situations. As a reader or a writer, I love disappearing into another world. When I write, I try to make my imagination come alive to my readers.

Tell us about your writing process.
All stories usually start with either a fun or striking character (I once wrote a romantic comedy about an aspiring tooth fairy!) or an intriguing, conflict-filled situation, such as: what would it be like for a soldier to come home from years at war, only to discover he’d inherited a destitute earldom and needed an heiress, stat? Once I have the idea, I start brainstorming. I love using sticky notes to move things around on storyboards until the plot comes alive. And then it’s time to write!

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
While I’m writing, my characters are very much real people. They have strong, individual personalities and very unique voices. I don’t speak directly to my characters, but when I’m writing a scene, it always feels like I’m transcribing their dialogue as I hear them interact, rather than making up the words myself.

What advice would you give other writers?
The difference between success and failure is that the successful person never gave up. Keep writing! Don’t fear the blank page–every word can (and possibly will, lol) be revised later on. The important thing is getting to The End. Then find a critique partner, and just keep writing! My website has more detailed advice and information on the writing and publishing process.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
When I started writing, self-publishing did not exist, or if it did, it wasn’t practical or profitable, so I chose the traditional publishing route. I am represented by Lauren Abramo of the Dystel & Goderich literary agency. Today, I’m considered a “hybrid” author, since I have both traditionally published books as well as self-published books.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I love the affordability and ubiquitousness of e-books. I travel a lot, and dragging around suitcases of books (especially with airline luggage prices these days!) isn’t pretty. But I also love libraries and bookstores. I hope that e-books continue to spark a love of reading in more and more people, but that we won’t lose our ability to wander up and down aisles of physical books, browsing the spines or admiring the covers, and exploring all the wonderful books just waiting to be read.

What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers

What genres do you write?: Romance, Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy

What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Erica Ridley Home Page Link
Link To Erica Ridley Page On Amazon
Link to Author Page on WattPad

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Interview with Author – Yong Kang Chan

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About Yong Kang Chan:
Yong Kang Chan, is the author of Fearless Passion: Find the Courage to Do What You Love. He is based in Singapore and best known as Nerdy Creator.

“Nerdy” represents his love for details and system. “Creator” represents his love for creativity and ideas. He used to be an accountant and now he is pursuing his passion as a character animator.

Yong Kang is also a blogger of two blogs. On his blog, Fearless Passion, he helps creative people be successful in what they love to do. On his personal blog, Nerdy Creator, he shares inspiring story from his life, animation and movies.

His book, Fearless Passion, is a book that inspire others to pursue their passion. It’s not just a book on his career change. Inside the book, there are other inspiring stories from many other passionate people. It is a book to remind people that they have a choice to do what they love and it’s possible.

What inspires you to write?
I used to have very low self-esteem when I was a teen. I started writing to encourage myself to be positive. Now that I have a higher self-esteem, I write to encourage, inspire and help other people. But I still write to connect with myself and reflect.

Tell us about your writing process.
I keep revising and improving my writing process. I find that having an outline is very important because it keeps you focus. Having a scope is crucial too especially when you are writing blog post. I can go on and on without stopping if I don’t have a scope. And that makes editing later on tedious.

My writing process is currently like this:
1. Generate Ideas
2. Define Scope
3. Outline
4. Research (if necessary)
5. Write
6. Edit

What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing and enjoy the process. :)
Write something that you are interested to read. If you don’t even enjoy what you are writing, why would anyone else enjoy it?

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I choose to self-publish because of the freedom and control I have over my book. Self-publish also allows me to publish my book faster. Finding a good publisher that aligns with your goals take time. So I decide to self-publish instead.

I would advise new authors to try self-publishing even if they are trying to find a publisher. Because self-published books can also be picked up by publisher. So why not start on your own first?

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think paperback will still stay although ebook is becoming more popular nowadays. You will see more new voices and authors emerging as it’s becoming so easy for anyone to publish on their own.

What do you use?: Professional Editor

What genres do you write?: Inspirational, self-help, career, business, non-fiction

What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Yong Kang Chan Home Page Link
Link To Yong Kang Chan Page On Amazon

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Interview with Author – Mark R. Healy

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About Mark R. Healy:
Mark R. Healy is an author and musician from Brisbane, Australia. From an early age he loved to create, and often assembled his own illustrated books with accompanying stories – and then forced his parents to buy them.

Unfortunately this model was not scalable and Mark now seeks to promote his works to a wider audience.

Mark has also combined his storytelling prowess with music, creating a project called ‘Hibernal’ through which he interweaves original sci-fi stories with his own music to create an immersive theatrical experience for the listener. Combined with a professional voice cast and sound effects, these “audio movies” are available online through iTunes, Bandcamp and Amazon under the name ‘Hibernal’.

What inspires you to write?
I have always loved to create, whether it be music, writing, or something in the visual space. I also just love telling stories, and writing novels is obviously a great outlet for that.

Tell us about your writing process.
I am a plotter or ‘outliner’. Typically I start by making notes in a document about all sorts of things – characters, plot lines, snippets of dialogue, that sort of thing. I like to have a pretty decent outline for the entire plot before I begin writing. That gives me a good sense of how the characters fit within the story and how they should act, right from the start.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I tend to think constantly about a book while I’m writing it, and that includes listening to what my characters have to say at certain points in the story. I don’t think I’ve ever ‘talked’ to one as such, though. :)

What advice would you give other writers?
Writing is a skill. It’s a craft. Keep working at it and you will improve.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve had a lot of discussions with other authors on these topics, particularly on places such as Kboards, and that was how I eventually came to the decision of self-publishing.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think self-publishing is definitely the way of the future. It’s very empowering for authors to be able to take control of all aspects of publishing. Obviously it’s a difficult and time consuming job, but at the end of the day you can reap greater rewards.

What do you use?: Professional Editor, Beta Readers

What genres do you write?: science fiction, dystopian, post-apocalyptic

What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print

Website(s)
Mark R. Healy Home Page Link
Link To Mark R. Healy Page On Amazon

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Interview with Author – Pilar Savage

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About Pilar Savage:
Pilar Savage is of mixed heritage, but throughly American. She enjoys reading, writing, and travel. Her current novels are available on Amazon in the Kindle format. She occasionally uses Facebook and has an author page on Goodreads, but would rather be writing.

What inspires you to write?
Lots of things! Seriously, I really, really need to write. It’s a way to examine life, and sometimes, to crawl into someone else’s skin for a while.

Tell us about your writing process.
Most of the time, I begin with “what if” and move through a blending of “who” which is the character, and “what happens” which is the plot. For me, the “where” is rather important. My science fiction novel has a very different setting than my suspense novel, of course. But I need to have all of those items in the matrix before I get very far into the process of writing.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
We have a sort of symbiosis, my characters and I. If it were not for my imagination, they would not exist, but if I didn’t have them, I couldn’t go forward with my writing.

What advice would you give other writers?
Be strong. Recently, I’ve been befuddles with reviewers who state that my book is “just not for me” or something like that. And, even though the criticism is anonymous and might even be sincere, a book is a bit like the author’s baby. Folks might not say “your baby is ugly” but they don’t mind saying your book is horrible. So, you gotta be thick skinned to be an author.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I know a few writers, mostly mid-list or indie published. Most of them believe that unless an author can sell a lot of books that big-time publishers aren’t interested. So, I decided to do what many mid-list authors are doing with their back list— I am just using Amazon’s Kindle as my exclusive format.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Ever been to a yard sale? Books, in hard cover, are maybe a dollar. Paperbacks go for a quarter. So, print books are not particularly valuable. Electronic books may be cheap, but they are at least not going to wind up at a yard sale. While it will not happen over night, I believe that the future will be in e-books for most titles.

What do you use?: Beta Readers

What genres do you write?: science fiction, suspense

What formats are your books in?: eBook

Website(s)
Pilar Savage Home Page Link
Link To Pilar Savage Page On Amazon

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Interview with Author – C D Brosnan

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About C D Brosnan:
I have been inventing stories and characters for as long as I can remember. We all do this as children, but I count myself extremely lucky to have never lost this gift of inventive creativity. When in my teenage years, I was long past the phase of playing with action figures and building towns as backdrops for their individual stories and conflicts, but I found another outlet for this intense imagination I harboured. That outlet was writing. I wrote poetry and short stories. I would even think of and plan out treatments for what I believed would make great films and computer games. When I was around sixteen years old, I began planning towards what would eventually become my debut fantasy series, The Altarian Saga. Although in all honesty, my initial ideas were many thousand miles away from the end result. After several years in a loop of planning, writing, proofreading and editing, I released the Altarian Saga: The Maiden of Springhaven as a Kindle book in August 2013, days before my 24th birthday. Since then I have been working on the sequels and planning a prequel, while dipping into other projects I have started before.

What inspires you to write?
My vivid and child-like imagination that I count myself very lucky to still have and be unashamed to use to create epic worlds, plots and characters. Writing is what I do to let my let my imagination run free and unchained so it does not make me go crazy!

Tell us about your writing process.
I obsessively plan the settings of my stories before I write anything. I consider the geography, political systems, moral codes, traditions, legal systems, climate and wildlife of every corner of the world I create in my stories. Then I can ensure my characters are realistically developed based on their individual personalities and the environment in which they live. I religiously write notes and plans on setting, plot and character, ensuring that there are no contradictions in the settings, characterisation, or plot. When I have created a world, I begin to fit the story I have been itching to get down on paper. I then write, write and write. After I first draft, I start all over again. This continues until I am satisfied (this can take a very very long time).

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters really do take on a persona of their own and they often lead their own stories. I will decide on a plot but my protagonists and antagonists often have the ability to play a tug of war with the narrative and pull me slightly off course. I know my characters very well and, as mad as this will make me seem, they must know me well too. This is why I can know what’s typical of them and they can guide my pen strokes and key taps in new directions.

What advice would you give other writers?
Even if you begin to think that an idea you have had seems rubbish or too strange at first, keep writing! That strange or rubbish idea can eventually turn to gold.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to publish my first book as an ebook in order to open up my novel to a potentially international readership. I published my debut novel, The Altarian Saga: The Maiden of Springhaven on Kindle through Amazon’s KDP service. I do not believe I have had enough experience in publishing ebooks to advise new authors, but it is clear to me that in using KDP, I have greatly increased interest and attention to my book.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe that traditional publishing is here to stay and will continue to be a dominant force. However, the indie and self-published market is quickly catching up and will likely soon become much less dwarfed by its traditional counterparts. I believe we are already seeing the early signs of this on the horizon. As costs for self-publishing decreases and the ease with which authors can self-publish increases, the self-publishing market will only grow.

What do you use?: Beta Readers

What genres do you write?: fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction

What formats are your books in?: eBook

Website(s)
C D Brosnan Home Page Link
Link To C D Brosnan Page On Amazon

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Interview with Author – Ivinela Samuilova @Ivinela


Author Bio:
Ivinela Samuilova was born in Sevlievo, Bulgaria. She has an MA in Theology and a strong interest in the inner world of human beings. Ivinela met psychologist Alexey Bachev in 2008 when she started studying psychotherapy. She became intrigued by his personality and his working approach. At the end of 2009, using some authentic information, Ivinela Samuilova wrote her first book ‘Life Can Be a Miracle’ in which Alexey is a protagonist, convincing him to keep his real name in the book because she wanted more people to have a chance to learn about his method. Ivinela’s books turned out to be a phenomenon on the Bulgarian book market where she is considered to be an influential, original and spirited new voice. Ivinela’s debut novel ‘Life Can Be a Miracle’ was released in English as an e-book in spring 2013.

What inspires you to write?
Always real life, imagination is far behind the stories that real life can offer.

Tell us about your writing process.
Once I have the story and the message clear, it is the writing that starts leading me. What I do is just surrender to it.

What advice would you give other writers?
To be authentic!

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I prefer to build real relationships with my readers and to stay connected to them, so I went for self-publishing.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It is both exciting and challenging for the writers as well for the readers.

What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer

What genres do you write?
spirituality, self-help, inspirational

What formats are your books in?
eBook

Website(s)
Author Home Page Link
Link To Author Page On Amazon

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Interview with Author – Charles Siefken and Wendy Siefken

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About Charles Siefken and Wendy Siefken:
Charles Siefken (1992-present) is a recent graduate of high school. This is his first book of many to be published. He currently resides in rural central Iowa where he enjoys reading science fiction books and playing video games among other things. He is currently enrolled in our local college for automotive technician as well as working part time at a local garage as a mechanic. Christopher Paolini was his inspiration to become a writer.
Wendy Siefken (1966-Present) currently is a stay at home mom who works on writing stories and marketing the published books. Wendy lives on a farm with her family and enjoys reading, gardening and other activities with her family and friends.
This all started as a school project for her youngest son and business partner, Charles Siefken, which has grown into a desire to be published.

What inspires you to write?
It’s a passion that we really don’t understand yet. We know that most anything can be an idea or a start to a story. A dream, a movie, a book, people, the sky is the limit.

Tell us about your writing process.
We are what is becoming known as an organic writer. We write and let the story take us where it may. We do talk about what the characters look like, right down to the tiniest detail. To us the characters are as real as you and I.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, how else are we supposed to know what they want, think or feel? :-)

What advice would you give other writers?
Never give up! Charlie and I have that motto to never give up. We didn’t know anything about writing a book or about getting it published when we started. But we have learned a lot along the way. If it is your dream, pursue it.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
We decided the how to when we read the story of Amanda Hocking in a local paper.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that Independent authors are here to stay.

What do you use?: Beta Readers

What genres do you write?: young adult, paranormal, fantasy

What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print

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