Carmen Gross, pen name Carmen Stevens, was born in March of 1992 and currently resides in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, where she attends college and makes time for promoting her newly published book. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, acting, learning German, playing harmonica, listening to music, watching movies, traveling, serving in her church, shopping, law, and spending time with her pets, family, and friends.
What inspires you to write?
I love writing, but I think the main reason why I do is because I think God wants me to depict certain stories of good morals and important themes to everyone who would pick up my stories.
Tell us about your writing process.
I think it’s very important to outline your story via word processors or by hand before you really begin to write. If this isn’t done, you may not have a clear idea of what your story will be about. I think it’s also important to know your characters. I suggest describing each character in vivid detail.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I guess you could say I listen to my characters, but I don’t talk to them. But “listening” to them could be important for the development of the story.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t give up. Keep writing, work hard, and be patient. In time, you will reap what you sow.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Well, first I submitted my book to a traditional publisher, but after receiving a rejection from that publisher a couple of months after submitting the book, I did some research and decided that I should like to self-publish. This route seemed much easier than submitting a book to a traditional publisher, waiting weeks or months for a reply, and then receiving a rejection, more often than not. Self-publishing is also free of the complicated contracts that traditional publishers offer. I would advise all new authors to fully explore their publishing options before deciding to self-publish or go the traditional route.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that more and more people are going to decide to self-publish their books. Authors like to have control over their own works. I’m like that as well.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
historical fiction, romance, suspense, tragedy
What formats are your books in?