About Carmen Gloria:
Carmen Gloria was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army, now a veteran, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and International Politics from George Mason University. She was born in The Bronx, New York and moved to Puerto Rico at the age of ten. She is a member of SCBWI and is a writer, artist, award-winning actress, experimental short film writer/director, and even co-wrote two songs in the Billboard Dance and UK Pop charts. After moving to Norway in 2017 with her family, she decided to focus on her writing. She launched her first children’s picture book series as an author and illustrator, in which the first book "Thank You Mercury" made the Best New Space Books 2019 list by Book Authority.
What inspires you to write?
Writing and storytelling has always been in my system. I wrote poems as a child inspired by everything, mostly when I was sad. For my short films, what inspires me are things that make us think about who we are and what we are in the world and universe. For my children’s books, I’ve only just started with the Kid Astronomy series, and what has inspired me so far is to teach kids astronomy in a fun manner because as a space lover, I wish there were more astronomy books when I was growing up. My overall inspiration is to write stories that mean something to a group of people.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have been most productive when I write in the morning, mostly at my desk. I work on a general outline and then the book. Every once in a while I will go to the nearby café to write, but I like being in my studio for the most part. Writing while traveling is also very inspiring.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I definitely listen, but haven’t tried talking to my characters. I might try that!
What advice would you give other writers?
My advice is to write, even when it gets tough. I am having a hard time with my third book, on getting the story just right, but I have to keep working at it. Writing is a muscle and to call oneself an author, one has to write.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I debated for about a year whether I was going to publish my book the traditional route or self-publish. I researched and read a lot about how to self-publish, and the pros and cons of both. There is so much information online! I decided on self-publishing because I wanted to learn all of the ins and outs of the publishing business. I am a creative being, but I also love being an entrepreneur. I also appreciate the artistic freedom, making my own deadlines, ownership to my art, and being the final decision maker. I’m sure there are many advantages to going the traditional route, but I’m enjoying self-publishing so far.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe book publishing will always exist, but there will be more and more entrepreneur-minded people who will want to write and publish their own books, and take control. It is a lot more work, which takes away from writing, so self-publishing is not for everyone, so I see the traditional book publishing business never fully dying.
What genres do you write?: Children
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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