About Bridget Straub:
I have been telling stories for as long as I can remember. From the time I was about six, my younger sister with whom I shared a room always asked for a bedtime story. Telling stories was the first thing I knew I was good at and I have never stopped coming up with characters and situations. As an adult I have published six novels, written a screenplay and am developing a TV series. I have also written a musical, Room to Grow, with Laura Hall (best known from Whose Line is It Anyway).
What inspires you to write?
What inspires me to write is the fact that I never know where my stories will take me. I might start out with a general idea but then my characters will do something completely unexpected to change the direction of the story, taking me by surprise. It makes writing fun.
Tell us about your writing process.
My favorite way to write is on my laptop, on my bed. If I can have a large vanilla frappaccino next to me I am in heaven. Then I just let the words flow.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t talk to my characters, but I certainly listen to them. I imagine their conversations and have been known to shed a tear or two when recording a particularly difficult time.
What advice would you give other writers?
I’ve always said the only way to write is to just do it. Don’t over thing it. If you have an idea, get it down. Editing and perfecting comes later.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Publishing is a mess right now. The few big publishers left will seemingly do less and less for an unknown writer while taking more and more of your sales. Self publishing just seems the better way to go right now. Of course if a big publisher wanted to take my books and throw some serious money to promote them I would certainly give it consideration.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don’t know what is going to happen with publishing. I thing self publishers have to stop giving their work away for free. I think you hurt yourself and all writers when you don’t demand the respect your hard work deserves. That said, as a broke writer I am always looking for deals too. I think we just have to find a happy medium.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: General fiction, women’s fiction, chicklit
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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