August McLaughlin is a Los Angeles based writer and journalist with articles featured regularly by LIVESTRONG.com, DAME Magazine, The Nest Woman and more. Before completing her first novel, IN HER SHADOW, she worked in the fashion, film and wellness industries, wearing hats ranging from Parisian runway model to culinary coach. Considering her longstanding passion for thrillers, she wasn’t surprised when her attempt at a memoir turned quickly into a fictional tale of suspense. She is represented by John Rudolph of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management and loves connecting with readers via her blog, Facebook and Twitter.
What inspires you to write?
Life! And the fact that not writing makes me pretty darn unhappy. I’ve been inspired by stories for as long as I can remember. It’s gratifying to pass that on, and to contribute to an industry that’s meant so much to me.
Tell us about your writing process.
I tend to write “by the seat of my pants,” or pantser-style. I prefer to start early and work into the afternoon with the occasional (necessary, I’ve learned) breaks. While I never outline, I do need to have a direction and deep knowledge of my characters as I move alone.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes! 😉 They are a loyal, if occasionally frustrating, bunch…
What advice would you give other writers?
Tell the stories you’re compelled to write, and never give up—ever. We hear “read and write a lot” often, and for good reason. Both are essential, as is sitting our butts down and doing the work.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was going the traditional route, and my agent had submitted my novel to the first round of interested publishers. We received largely positive feedback, but no one offered me a deal. So my agent gave me a choice: submit to the next round or go the indie route. I chose the latter, and am so glad I did. Being an “indie with an agent” is the best of both worlds, in my view. I have the independence of self-published authors, and a savvy, team of professional behind me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I have a lot of faith in it. I think that now is the most exciting time to be an author, and that we’re all headed in a wonderful direction.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Psychological thriller, thriller, suspense, non-fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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