Ann McGinnis writes about characters that let their egos and sense of justice rule their lives, while they protect the public from serial killers and unthinkable crimes. Of course, Ann’s characters always find a way to blow off steam — romantically!
As a writer, Ann comes from the world of action/thrillers and screenwriting. She has two scripts currently in development. A third script, about a spunky FBI analyst, is the basis of “Scarlet Revenge” and main character Caycee Scarlet. It is the first book in a series, with Book 2 “Scarlet Envy” coming out in May 2014.
What inspires you to write?
Other writers! Great writing, whether it comes from books, TV, blogs or movies always inspires me to write.
Tell us about your writing process.
I come from the world of screenwriting, so outlines are a must. I have four big whiteboards that I use to plot my story. Once I have the suspense or story action set, I brainstorm how my main character would really react to the situations and respond to the problems. I rarely add that to the outline, however, preferring to go right into my first draft. I also use the memo recorder on my iPhone to dictate some of the chapters, when I get to that point where I can’t sit in front of my computer any longer. I take a walk and talk my story out. (It looks like I’m talking on the phone, so no one thinks I’m crazy.)
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do feel like my characters talk to me. It tends to come out in their dialogue. I’m often entertained, while I’m writing, by what they say. They have made me laugh out loud or cringe at something they said. There’s just this disconnect, so even though I’m doing the writing, it doesn’t feel like it’s coming from me. I can see the characters and the scene, so it’s like watching a movie in my mind’s eye.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I knew several writers and watched their journeys with self publishing and small presses. Both had pros and cons. I had kept up a constant query letter campaign, trying to get a read from an editor or agent. I couldn’t even get someone to respond. I was just on the verge of trying to self publish, when one of the writers I knew started their own publishing company. I decided to publish with her, because I wanted a partner on the business side. It turned out to be a great choice for me, as my publisher has been amazing and it’s left me more time to write.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’m positive that indie publishing is taking over the business. It’s a great time to be a new author!
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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