About Belle Antoinette:
Mabel (Belle) Antoinette Allen was born June 1989 at Boston Medical Center in Boston Massachusetts.
Belle earned a Bachelors degree in English in May 2013. Although she currently works in a typical office setting, writing is her true calling. Belle began writing Remains during her senior year of college and finished about a year later. What started as a small bit of dialogue between two nameless characters eventually grew into a scene, then a chapter, then an entire universe of interconnected stories.
Remains is the first of a trilogy.
Belle currently lives in Massachusetts with her family.
What inspires you to write?
I drew inspiration from my love for tv shows like Buffy and Charmed and books like Harry Potter, which were great, but made me feel left out. So I figured why not write my own paranormal adventure and include all the people who are typically excluded or only included to be side characters/villains.
Tell us about your writing process.
My process is very unorthodox. My muse always comes to me when I’m busy doing something else. This of course leads me to scribbling broken pieces of dialogue down on napkins and sticky notes. I always have the conversations done before I sort out the plot. I put everything together on google docs and then for the final edit I move it into a word doc.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I sometimes have fake conversations with my characters. It’s strange for people to walk by and hear me having one sided conversations but it helps me get to know them better. It also helps me whenever I get stuck on some of the dialogue.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t ever stop writiting if it’s something you love. If someone tells you that your work is terrible, take it as a challenge to prove them wrong.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
At first I tried self publishing because I wanted to keep the ethnicities, sexuality, and my book cover the same. I ended up turning to an boutique publisher because they let me keep my artistic integrity and were able to print my book in paperback.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that self publishing makes it very easy for people who are otherwise turned away to publish thier work. And that’s wonderful in my opinion.
What do you use?: Professional Editor
What genres do you write?: paranormal fiction young adult and science fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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