The first fiction (it was a short story) I ever submitted was accepted by SEVENTEEN magazine. Because of this early EASY success, I figured it would always be easy to publish. HA! I suppose I’m like a gambler, who hits it big on the first roll of the dice. I’m addicted to writing now. (Even though it is not as easy to publish as it was my first time.)
What inspires you to write?
I hear people talking in my head. I have been told that means either I’m mentally disturbed, or a writer. I choose writer.
Tell us about your writing process.
I get an idea and choose the characters I want to have in my story/novel. And then I listen to them have conversations with each other. I try to get it down as soon as I hear them and as fast as I can type. Then I edit over and over and over again.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oh, maybe I should have read all the questions before I started. Yeah. I listen to my characters. Many times their ideas on where the story is going is better than my original plan.
What advice would you give other writers?
NEVER throw away (or delete) work just because you’re frustrated. You will want to have that back when you’re not so angry .
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Years ago, after SEVENTEEN bought and published a second story of mine, an editor from Atlantic Monthly Press contacted me and asked if I had any books for possible publication. At that time I didn’t. But because of this, I thought it would always be easy to publish. (After all, hadn’t an editor contacted me? When I decide to write a full length novel, they’ll be waiting to pay me.) When this didn’t happen I decided to self publish. I’m still waiting to see if that was a good idea or not.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I am hopeful. I am happy that people are reading electronically.
What genres do you write?
young adult, children’s, teen, tween
What formats are your books in?
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