About A.M. Cunning:
A.M. is a writer, lawyer, and mother of three. She has lived in Paris, NYC, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., and has settled back in the Midwest to raise her kids and be close to family. She has written screenplays and novels and has an entire notebook of ideas that she would like to get out into the world. For the past few years, she has been working on one novel and it’s finally out in the world.
What inspires you to write?
An idea that won't get out of my head and seems pithy enough to make a story out of.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write when I have time. When I don't have time, I e-mail ideas or phrases to myself for later use. Before the start of a project, however, I do like to outline and compare it to an outline of the hero's journey.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
It's sort of like daydreaming. I imagine the scenario and allow for a stream of consciousness style of writing.
What advice would you give other writers?
Take writing classes, go to writers' conferences and try to connect with other writers. Talking to other writers is an invaluable resource because there are new challenges at every stage of the writing process, and other writers can advise about how they handled them.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After attending a writer's conference in San Francisco, I decided that self-publishing was the way to go. My story is set in the near future and with technology developing so quickly, I needed to get my book out there faster than the amount of time a traditional publisher takes.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that self-publishing is the future of publishing, but publishing houses will survive in the same way that big box stores survive with today's online economy. Without a successful self-published novel, a traditional publisher will not be interested in a writer, but by then, who needs them?
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Science Fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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