Anita Bihovsky has loved writing since she penned her first poem at the age of seven. She channeled her writing skills into business writing, having worked in the fields of public relations, marketing communications and advertising for over 25 years, in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.
In March 2014 Anita published her first novel, Progeny. In addition to her fiction writing, Anita currently works as a public relations/communications consultant as well a book publicist. She has worked previously as publicity manager and director of marketing and public relations for a number of non-profit organizations.
Anita studied at the State University of New York’s Potsdam and Empire State Colleges, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature/Creative Writing.
What inspires you to write?
An idea may come to me from something I read (i.e., a newspaper item), something I hear, or an issue I’m concerned about. Writing helps me explore and/or work through whatever is on my mind.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’ve progressed from “going with the flow” — writing as it comes to me, which I did when I was much younger, to outlining plot, characters, back stories, etc. Once I have a structure I begin to write. The structure is fluid and may change as the story proceeds.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I try to see things from the character’s perspective in order to stay true to the dialogue. It’s important to chronicle how a particular character — not myself! — will react to a statement, action or situation. Sometimes the characters seem to be writing through me, as if I were a medium.
What advice would you give other writers?
When you have an idea, don’t discard it! Write it down if you can’t work with it immediately, then revisit it when you have the time to see if it’s worth exploring further.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
As a book publicist who works with many self-published authors, I knew it would make sense for me to self-publish my novel. I looked into several companies before deciding on CreateSpace, an Amazon company. They were very easy to work with.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
As with music, the industry is changing radically. I believe book publishing will continue to exist, but more and more authors are turning to self-publishing. I have read that even well-known authors sometimes to choose to self-publish.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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