Ada Winder schooled in the Midwest and currently lives in California chasing dreams and shadows.
She writes literary and women’s fiction–sometimes at the same time.
What inspires you to write?
Characters tap me on the shoulder, gently at first, and they let me know they’ll be hanging out with me for a bit. I get a flash of an impression of their story, and at some point, the tapping gets more insistent, and the flash becomes an open door. “Tell my story,” they say until I do.
Tell us about your writing process.
I outline for the most part–although I have difficulty outlining the entire thing. I outline the start and try to outline the middle, but that part is usually a surprise. I don’t wait until I have sorted out the whole thing before I start writing, but if I get stuck at any point, I stop and think about where I want to go.
A story is usually easier to outline and complete once I know the exact ending I want.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t give up. I often think I don’t have much more to give or that I have temporarily tapped out my creativity, but once I start a new project and push myself, I find out I was wrong.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I wanted to share my debut novel, Emancipating Alice, with the world, and I got tired of waiting for an agent to accept it! Although literary fiction is a tough sell, I don’t regret self-publishing the book. I have learned so much about the world of indie publishing as a result, and I have been able to apply what I’ve learned.
Next time, I will probably submit to agents again (until I get tired of doing so)–that is, if I write another literary novel. If I write a contemporary novel with romance elements, I might self-publish. Genre is the determining factor for my route from here on.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I am optimistic about the future of book publishing. Gates are continuing to open to independent writers, and opportunities to get more stories out there easier and faster abound.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Literary, Women’s Fiction, Family Saga, Contemporary
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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