About Annie Nicholas:
Annie Nicholas writes paranormal romance with bite. She has courted vampires, hunted with shifters, and slain a dragon’s ego all with the might of her pen. Riding the wind of her imagination, she travels beyond the restraints of reality and shares them with anyone wanting to read her stories. Mother, daughter, and wife are some of the other hats she wears while hiking through the hills and dales of her adopted state of Vermont.
Annie writes for Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, and Kensington.
What inspires you to write?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve created stories in my head. Pretend play was a big thing when I was a kid. (many, many eons ago.) I haven’t changed. I still make up imaginary friends and create adventures with them. I just write them down because no one wants to watch a grown woman fighting pretend dragons on her front lawn. 😉
Tell us about your writing process.
My process makes other writers cringe. LOL
I’m a plotter. I also write my first drafts on paper. Most of the time, I’ll do the plot on my computer because I have been known to lose the plots while on paper. I can’t express how devastating that is. The only program I use is Word. I’ve tried all the other fancy things like Scrivener but the simpler the better for me.
Pen, paper, and tea. Go.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I interact with my characters usually while I’m doing dishes or driving or walking. Never while writing. Writing is the process where those conversations actually get made into a story. Most of the time, my characters talk to each other and I just watch.
What advice would you give other writers?
Finish the book.
You can’t begin the journey until the rough draft is done. The first one is always the hardest.
Just do it.
You do two edit passes then give it to a stranger to read for feedback. Not family, not friends. It’s hard. You’ll live, I promise.
Hire a professional editor if you want to self publish. Someone who actually worked for a publishing house you recognize. Just because they call themselves an editor, doesn’t mean they actually know what they are doing. Do your research before hiring someone just like you would do if you were hiring a roofer or plumber.
Start the second book.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Oh dear, that’s a hard one.
I did that whole, have a stranger read my first book thing that I advised and they loved it. I then asked a published author to read it and they loved it. So, I took a leap and submitted my book to agents and publishers. The worst they could say was no. That’s how it started. I just took a leap of faith.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think ebooks are here to stay.
I think paper books will stay as well but not sold in the same market. I think big book stores will realize they are losing $$ by ignoring indie published books and might open the doors to them with print as you buy machines. Beyond that I don’t have a clue. It changes so fast.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Paranormal Romance and Scifi romance.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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