About Carissa Lusk:
I am the author of After the Fall, a new adult paranormal romance novel, and I’m thrilled to finally be able to call myself a published writer. I was born and raised in southern West Virginia, and I’m still sticking around the mountain state despite my love of the ocean. One day my husband and I will live by the beach, though. I graduated from Concord College with a Bachelor of Arts in English, which is the perfect degree for a book nerd like myself. After the Fall is my debut novel.
What inspires you to write?
Stephen King once said, “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” I’m trying not be an amateur writer. I make sure I’m in front of my computer 5 days a week trying to write. I do find inspiration in music, in my dreams, or even in certain emotions, but I know I can’t wait any inspiration to write.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m not an outliner. I form a general idea in my mind about the story, and I just start writing. I’ll do research as I go along, but I think part of the fun is seeing where the story takes me.
What advice would you give other writers?
The most important thing is to just sit down and write. Write whenever you have a minute of free time, or schedule a time to do it. I try to keep in mind a quote by Jodi Picoult: “You can’t edit a blank page.”
When you aren’t writing, you should be reading. Reading absolutely makes you a better writer. Worry about the publishing part later.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self published through BookBaby. The process was so fast and easy with them. They converted my story into an e-book and listed it on all the sites for me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think more and more writers will decide to go the self published route. It’s so easy to create an e-book and publish it. Still, I think there will always be a market for physical books and a need for the big publishers and agents.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: young adult, new adult, paranormal romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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