About A.A. Chamberlynn:
Alexia lives in Florida. When she’s not writing or reading, she can be found playing with horses, drinking wine, traveling to the next place on her global wish list, or maybe doing yoga. She is represented by Sandy Lu of the L. Perkins Agency.
What inspires you to write?
I love to create stories and characters and worlds. A lot of writers say they hate staring at a blank page. I love it. A blank page means endless possibilities. I absolutely adore that raw, creative state of a story. When my muse jumps in and surprises me mid-scene? The best.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have to have a light outline, but then I let my creative juices flow and jump into it. I typically write quick and dirty. I do not edit as I go. I think this can kill momentum. First drafts are meant to be ugly – that’s what editing is for. I just want to get the story out onto the page and then I’ll mold it into something presentable later.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oh, yes 🙂 Sometimes it’s a character that first comes to me and inspires a story. My character Zyan Star was like that. She just appeared in my head one day, this sarcastic, incessant voice. She’s a badass and super fun to write.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write, and keep writing. The only way to get better is to write regularly. It’s okay to take breaks from time to time, but if you keep finding yourself procrastinating month after month, set a firm schedule and stick to it.
Be okay with writing ugly first drafts – that’s what first drafts are for. Edit later, after getting the story out.
Persist. Aggressively pursue your writing goals, query agents, and don’t let rejection get you down. Learn from it and move on.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’m a hybrid author. I decided to self-publish my Zyan Star series because I’d gotten a lot of great feedback on it in contests and from agents, but the traditional market was over saturated with urban fantasy. I knew, however, being a lover of urban fantasy, that readers would still want what I had to offer, and I have so much fun with Zyan I didn’t want to wait until urban fantasy was “in” again. So I took the self pub leap, and I’m happy I did.
I also have an agent for a different contemporary fantasy series, and we’re looking for traditional publication for that. News to come!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It will continue to evolve. I love paper books best, but I also read books on my phone for convenience. I think we’ll see this hybrid model of old and new for a long time. As long as brick and mortar bookstores and libraries don’t disappear, I’m okay with it.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Urban fantasy, contemporary fantasy, paranormal romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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