About Bree Wolf:
Oh, that’s tricky! Well, I love working with language, but I’m generally all over the place. Before picking up a pen and starting my writing career, I did some analyzing, translating and teaching in one form or another. But I’ve come to realize that creative writing is what gets my heart beating!
Well, that’s about it: I write. It’s a job and a hobby. I don’t really do much else. Except for reading, of course. Can you even be a writer without being a reader as well?
Oh, and I’m a chocolate enthusiast. I hate wasps. But I guess that’s not relevant. However, that brings me to another thing, I tend to ramble. As you can see, I’m doing it right now. Will stop now. Sorry.
What inspires you to write?
Inspiration is another tricky thing, at least tricky to put into words. It’s usually small things, a picture, a song or even a seemingly meaningless sound, a glimpse out the window, a line in a magazine that sets off a flood of ideas invading my mind, screaming at me to pay attention. Most of the time I am intrigued by these thoughts while sometimes I feel like a conquered country unable to keep hostile invaders from…well, invading.
Tell us about your writing process.
Well, I’m not entirely sure I do have ONE process. Usually I am a strategist, however when it comes to writing I often feel totally at my muse’s mercy. When an idea hits, I try my best to put into words all the many, many thoughts cruising around in my mind…before they disappear, never to be seen again. Then I usually dwell on the story, think things through, like an internal movie, trying to picture individual scenes. After that I once again try to take more detailed notes. Sometimes I even write a scene here and there. If necessary I do a little research, find fitting names and whatever else seems necessary to keep the road writer-block free. Once I’ve put down the story in detailed frames, I often go ahead and plan chapters. Then I follow my road map and write, write, write.
Well, this is my process, if I get around to it. Sometimes an idea strikes and there is nothing I can do, but sit at my computer and type away. Sometimes it works out fine (whenever a complete story drives me to such measures). Every now and then though, I get stuck halfway through the story because I didn’t lay it out first and really have no idea where I’m going with this. These are the stories that rarely get finished.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oh dear, yes, I do talk to my characters. I even argue with them. Does that sound weird? If so, don’t tell me. I guess what amazes me most is that I actually hear them answering, sometimes even talking amongst themselves. Creating characters and observing them in their settings is like an interactive, internal movie. Meanwhile, my DVD player is collecting dust.
What advice would you give other writers?
Well, as difficult as it is for me to stick to it myself, preparation greatly facilitates the actual writing process. I use Scrivener to gather all information, take notes and structure my story.
When I start writing, I often put together a compilation of songs that I feel would go well with the story. It’s very inspirational and helps to relax in-between, after all, as much as I enjoy writing, it’s also hard work.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I chose to self-publish because it allowed me to stay in control and get to it right away, without waiting for someone else’s approval. I write the book and I decide when it is ready to be published and put before readers.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
With today’s ebooks, self-publishing is a real option for anyone who’s written a book. Without investing a lot of money, an author can have a book published and made available to a wide audience.
Readers on the other hand need to be more thorough when browsing for a new book. Since anyone can offer up a book, readers might come across books that are unedited, unstructured and in desperate need of a real narrative voice, complex characters as well as a compelling plot.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: My interests are all over the place. While I enjoy writing middle-grade, like Fireflies, and young adult, like How to Live and Die in Crescent Rock, I also write the occasional romance novel, like A Love Trapped in Time. I write fantasy and science fiction as well as various mixtures of them. Whatever I find interesting I try my hand at. Currently, I’m working on a regency romance.
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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