A.C. James is a book blogger, freelance writer, and poet. Her imagination was supplemented by voracious reading habits through shelves lined with poetry, romance, science fiction, and fantasy. She enjoys writing dark fantasy, urban fantasy, and erotic paranormal romance. Member of the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group—they present monthly programs with guest speakers and workshops. In addition, they host the annual Write Stuff conference.
What inspires you to write?
I find inspiration everywhere—in the world around me, in the words of other authors, in images that move me. As much as we would like our work to be completely original, creations sparked solely from our imagination; that simply isn’t true. Most of us begin writing because of our great love for books. Usually our favorite authors have shaped the way we write and then our imagination takes over to craft worlds of our own.
Tell us about your writing process.
Well I start each day with a cup of coffee and I check my e-mail. I do any housework or other non-writing activities that I need to accomplish for the day. My children and I eat an early lunch together. Once my kids go in for a nap I write. I work on my blog and continue writing at night when they’re in bed. I write everyday with the goal of writing 2K but with young children, this isn’t always a realistic goal. Typically, I write anywhere from 500 words to 2K a day. The most I’ve written in one day is 4K.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I watch a scene with dialogue unfold in my mind and write what I see. I’m a very visual writer.
What advice would you give other writers?
Do it every day. Practice. Join a writing group. Go to conferences. Listen to your gut.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I probably read as many blogs and I do books. And I experiment. Fortunately, I get to interact with a lot of different people through my blog—both readers and other writers that I’ve interviewed.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don’t like to speculate but I see a trend toward self-publishing as a viable and valid method. And a lot of successful people have paved the way for less experienced writers. We now have a lot of tools at our disposal, with a blueprint laid out to help us reach our publishing goals on our own terms. In the future, I can foresee publishers expecting authors to prove that they can establish their own platform, readership, and sell books before signing them.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
I write Erotic Paranormal Romance.
What formats are your books in?