About Andie M. Long:
Andie M. Long is a bonkers mother of one, who spends most of her time when not working as a Research Administrator/Medical Secretary on Facebook. She has a long suffering partner.
Author of the erotic novel The Alphabet Game and drama/suspense Underneath,
she has several published short stories and poems; including an upcoming release for Cracked Eye. Andie has a regular blog at wordbohemia.com, ‘The Emergence of the Invisible Writer.’
Andie will be signing at Orchard Book Event, Peterborough, UK in March 2015, Tattooed Bad Boys Event, York, UK April 2015, Dublin July 2015 and Silver City Signing, Aberdeen, August 2015.
What inspires you to write?
I can be inspired by a cobweb (it made me write a poem). Ideas just flow into my mind, quite often when I’m on the bus. I always keep a notepad and pen with me so that I can scribble down what is popping into my head.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write character outlines first. I chat to my characters and write down what they look like and what their personality is etc. I outline my main plot points to try and work out what needs to be in each chapter. I open up Scrivener and set up my opening chapters so I’m ready to type. I have a large notebook for each book I write. I draw a calender in each and as I write the book, I put in the calendar what is happening in each day so I know the date and day the character is on. As the book progresses the later outlined chapters end up changing, but this process gets me started. As the characters grow and chatter on, I quite often end up with a completely different book to the one I started!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes they appear real to me in my head. The words flow out on the page when I’m in the zone. If a character doesn’t like something I’ve put, I’ll get a unhappy feeling and then I’ll change it until it feels right. I know it sounds insane, but there you go!!
What advice would you give other writers?
Just get those words on paper whether it is 100 a day or 2000. Don’t think of anything else like publishing. You can’t do anything until you have that book written.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I sent my first book to about five agents and got really good feedback but they didn’t want to take me on. I decided to write a different book and self-publish to see how that worked. Now I’m self publishing all my books. I like having the control over my product.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Gosh, I wonder what will happen in future. Interactive books? I think a lot of authors will become a hybrid of self publishing and contract.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Erotic Romance. Drama/suspense. Contemporary Womens Fiction.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
Link To Andie M. Long Page On Amazon