About Bria Marche:
Bria Marche is a contemporary romance writer living in the Midwest region of the United States.
She is a member of numerous writer’s organizations including, Fiction for All, Fiction Factor and Writers-Online.
Other than writing, she enjoys all forms of art, especially creating tangible objects herself, gardening, traveling and bicycling.
What inspires you to write?
Writing gives me the ability to break away from everyday life and delve into my characters and the storyline. Chores, errands and habits that are easy to fall into, get put on the back burner while I’m in my “creative” mode. The characters come alive through some of my own life experiences, whether good or bad, happy or sad. Having the freedom to create, put a personality, a face and a lifestyle to each and every character is fun and rewarding. Thinking how these characters now “exist” when they didn’t before, makes me want to create more diversified and interesting characters all the time.
Tell us about your writing process.
Everyone is different, and many people couldn’t imagine how a writer could put together a good book without outlining it chapter by chapter in advance. For some reason I just can’t do that. I know where I want the storyline to go, so I usually know the beginning, middle and end. The in-between story is definitely seat of the pants writing. I’ve found my best plots by letting the characters run with the story on their own.
I like to have an image in my mind of how the character physically looks. That’s easiest for me if I think of a particular actor or someone famous to base my character’s appearance on.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
All the time. My characters decide where the story is going. I even treat my characters like real people. I may see a certain type of vehicle on the road and laugh to myself because it’s the same car one of my characters drives.
I had a chapter in one of my books about what the characters were doing on Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and thought about them on those holidays. It sounds funny, but I think authors really get invested in their characters to the point of them seeming like real people.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write in the genre you enjoy reading. It will make your life and your writing career much more enjoyable. I would hate to write in a particular genre simply because it’s more popular than another. Write what you love, it will make you happier in the long run.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Because I’m an unknown and conventional publishing is so hard to break into, I decided self-publishing was the route to go. Self-publishing will give an author a foothold that one may never break into otherwise. Some indie authors eventually go with a publisher after they’ve already established their worthiness as a good author.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think there will be more competition in the self-publishing market. This might amp up the quality of writing though to stay competitive.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: romance, contemporary romance, romantic comedy, chic-lit, women’s fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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