About Carol James Marshall:
Carol James Marshall is a New Adult writer that dabbles in horror and poetry. Originally from California, Carol now lives in Georgia. Currently, she is editing book 2# Red Drug in the Women of the Grey series along with writing a separate series The Demon Dealer. When she is not writing Carol loves to spend time with her family, watching old horror movies and playing survival horror video games.
What inspires you to write?
I don’t have an inspiration to write, but a need. Writing is my therapy. it is what keeps me sane. I take all the ideas, characters, in my head write them down after I feel purged, lighter, almost refreshed.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write in spurts and to a fly on the wall it might seem manic. I will write for 20 minutes, get up do something, sit back down for another 45 maybe an hour. It works for me. I have a had time sitting still. There is no outline I have a general idea of my story, from there I keep a notepad next to the laptop where I keep track of everything that is happening and will happen in whichever manuscript I am working on.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Most of my characters have a theme song or singer/band that reminds me of them, might have inspired them. In my Women of the Grey series Lisa the main character was an idea floating around my skull till I came across The Pretty Reckless Miss Nothing music video. When I watched it I thought “ah, that’s Lisa” Taylor Momsen is my muse for Lisa. When I am writing a particular character and need some inspiration I listen to that characters theme song. I think that is my way of connecting with my characters of giving them a life outside my head and my writing.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write, tell self doubt to shove it and just write. Doesn’t matter if you think it’s good or not everything can be sorted out in editing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have an editor who I love and she told me to self publish my first book in order to build an audience for my work. I took her advice and self published Starburst 1# Women of the Grey. I will continue to self publish while I am querying and reaching out to publishing houses.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
That’s such a weighted question. I believe the future is with indie author building a name for themselves and learning the secrets of the publishing world, then self publishing. Writers love their work like their children, nobody respects their work more than themselves, thus most writers are taking back the power.
What genres do you write?: New Adult with touches of horror and SciFi.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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