About A.C. Greenlee:
Author A.C. Greenlee is an award-winning creator of Paranormal Romance, High Fantasy and adventure novels. In 2012, Greenlee’s debut novel, Guardian of the Hellmouth, was released via Lillium Publishing House LLC and quickly became a fan favorite. With short stories and novellas like Her General Knows Best, Put the Gun Down and Werewolves are Diabolical published under the same house, she most recently dedicates her time to the completion of her manuscript, Genesis and its sequel Awaken. With a B.F.A in Creative Writing and a recently completed M.F.A of the same degree path, A.C. is extremely enthusiastic about embarking on the epic quest of university level graphic design and hopes she has enough poultices to see her through.
What inspires you to write?
My characters inspire me to write, honestly. When they come to me with a story to tell or a message to convey, I feel as though it’s my personal duty to make sure it’s heard. I love my characters, even the villains, and I honestly wouldn’t see myself writing much of anything without one of them standing over my shoulder yelling at me to stop slacking and get to work.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process is pretty straight forward. I’m what’s considered a “purger” in the writing community in the sense that I usually just sit down and start writing without an outline at hand. Sure, the majority of my stories are already plotted out inside my head before I put pen to paper, but when it comes to having a little notebook with all major scenes planned I just can’t preform that way. My characters usually come to me fully formed. In terms of actual characterization, I make simple character sketches that include basic information, give them a character model or “face claim”, and then I let them run wild.
In terms of software, I mainly compose in Mac Pages, compile with Scrivener and edit between Grammerly and SmartEdit. I format it before zipping it over to my editor and that’s about it.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oh, yes. All the time. I have characters that are so vocal that OTHER people talk to them. Cousins, best friends, fellow writers, even my mother has carried on real time conversations with my characters through me. If I hadn’t created them I would be terrified haha.
What advice would you give other writers?
Do. Not. Stop. Never give up on writing, I don’t care how tough if it is. That little voice in the back of your mind that tells you your writing isn’t good enough or that your voice isn’t unique is a liar. Find a way to personify that voice, write it into a story and kill it off. Take all “writing advice” with a grain of salt. No one knows your stories, your voice, or your characters better than you do.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I started writing as a child. Just telling random stories–or lies as my mother called them–to friends and family. By the time I started writing them down or typing them up it was the middle of the Anime Fan Fiction era during the early 2000’s. I started writing Fan Fictions for shows like Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, and Yu Yu Hakusho and quickly became addicted to the feedback I received by posting my writing to sites like Animespiral.com (RIP Anime Spiral) and Mediaminer.org. Once I realized I wanted to spend the rest of my life sharing my own stories with the world, I looked into the world of publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Book publishing, like anything else, will continue to grow and as artists we will continue to grow with it. Be it the Kindle, some new digital device or the resurgence and dominance of the brick and mortar publishing company; if we want our stories told, we will have to tell them. No matter what.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Paranormal, Romance, Erotica, Fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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