About Becky Lower:
Amazon best-selling author Becky Lower has traveled the country looking for great settings for her novels. She loves to write about two people finding each other and falling in love, amid the backdrop of a great setting, be it on a covered wagon headed west or in present day small town America. Historical and contemporary romances are her specialty. Becky is a PAN member of RWA and is a member of the Historic, Young Adult and Contemporary RWA chapters. She has a degree in English and Journalism from Bowling Green State University, and lives in an eclectic college town in Ohio with her puppy-mill rescue dog, Mary.
What inspires you to write?
I've always been a storyteller, but since putting pen to paper, my stories now have staying power. The simplest things can inspire a story–an overheard conversation, a television show, my family tree. It doesn't take much for me to get inspired.
Tell us about your writing process.
I'm a basic outline seat of the pants writer. I use Blake Snyder's beat sheet before I begin each story, to develop a basic 'where this is going,' then I start writing and let the voices in my head lead me down the path. I write in layers, too. The first draft is merely a bigger outline of the story, then I add in details, descriptions, the senses, and fill in the holes.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I always listen to what my characters are saying in my head, and try to capture it all on paper. Sometimes my characters hijack a story and insist on telling it their way.
What advice would you give other writers?
The best advice I've ever gotten came from two distinguished ladies. Nora Roberts is famous for saying "I can fix anything except a blank page," so write, write, write. Margie Lawson said to pull out all your backstory and pretend it's been copied on a sheet of glass. Then, let the glass drop and shatter. That's how backstory should be introduced into the story–in bits and pieces.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first publisher was a small press that was just getting off the ground. Normally, I'm wary of small press publishers, but this one had the backing of a large well-established company, so I went for it. I've used a couple others as well, with mixed results. I self-published one book, but decided that, for right now, it's not for me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future includes a continuation of self-publishing, but perhaps to a lesser degree, as people realize it's not enough to post a book on Amazon. There's so much more to being successful, and some writers aren't equipped or interested in learning the marketing side. More small press publishers will crop up and Amazon's various platforms will continue to thrive.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Historical, Regency, Contemporary
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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