About A.L. Gibson:
I am a fictional writer and an up and coming poet. I have always enjoyed writing because it provides an outlet for me to express my feelings, thoughts and emotions through the power of the mighty pen! I have always been a good story-teller, but I have to admit that writing stories is what I do best. Although most of the stories that I write are fictional, they are all inspired by real life events that have either taken place in my life or that of my family. As a writer, my goal is to entertain, inspire and motivate all readers regardless of their age, race or social background.
What inspires you to write?
It has been said that everyone has a story and that your own story has the potential to inspire others. I tend to agree with that sentiment because I truly do believe that a story, whether it is fictional or non-fictional, has the ability to ignite inspiration if executed and written properly. That thought alone motivates me to write. If I can take my rough past and use it to inspire others, then by all means I will do it. Giving hope and inspiration through the power of written word is what really motivates me to write.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process might be considered as unconventional, but it works very well for me. I do not have an outline nor do I create character sketches. For me, simply sitting down and writing is my style. I draw most of my inspiration from past experiences, my ever-so active imagination and the occasional brainstorming. For me, once I sit down at a computer and type, my writing comes to life. One thing that I never, ever do is force myself to write when I am clearly not feeling it. I am an easy writer I guess you can say. When the magic in my head is happening, that is when I write. When it is not there, I patiently wait for it to return. I never panic when I am hit with a little writer’s block.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I fuss at them every now and then when they are not cooperating within my story. My characters tend to act up and get besides themselves from time to time.
What advice would you give other writers?
If you believe in your heart of hearts that you have the potential to be a writer, go for it and do not allow anyone or anything to stop you. Disappointments may come, setbacks may come, rejections may come, but do not allow any of those things to keep you from pursuing your dream of becoming a writer. Besides, somebody is out there waiting on you to become their next favorite author!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish my books after being told by a number of literary agents that my first book was too bold for them to take on. Every literary agent and every literary agency has their own criteria that they follow and I have nothing but respect for their honesty and their opinions. I am a shameless writer when it comes to my writing which means no subject matter is off limits and I realize how that can be a challenge for some agents. Since I self-published by first book I have been receiving good responses and I am hoping for many more to come.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future of book publishing is eventually going to be all digital. We are in the age of technology where everything is quickly becoming electronic. Smart phones and tablets are pretty much replacing everything so I can see more eBooks being published on the horizon.
What genres do you write?: Fiction, Short Story, Drama, Biography, Poetry
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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