I prefer writing novels and short fiction however. I write all sorts of horror and am widely published in horror anthologies.
My longer fiction is historically based. I love writing about Gothic Vampires. Actually, I love all things Gothic especially horror fiction that’s why I write it.
I have one series out, The Blackstone Vampires, darkest horror and romance combined. At the moment, I’m just finishing up the first book in a brand new series.
Over the Christmas Holidays, I accepted a challenge to write one short story a week and am not only keeping up with it, but having fun!
What inspires you to write?
Everything, life–what I read, what I see. People inspire me. History inspires me quite a bit. My longer fiction tends to be historically based.
Tell us about your writing process.
Seat of the pantser! I don’t create character sketches ever. My characters just come to me after I have a vague idea of what the plot is. The become so real, I don’t need to know what they eat for breakfast. I wait until they are fully fleshed out (on their own) before I begin. Often, they tell me to take a turn and I do. I always listen!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I write in the first person (for longer fiction). That gives me great intimacy. I become them. I studied acting a number of years and I find the Method that applied to acting works for writing. I feel their emotion, I mean really feel it. And often, I am so into them, I change course–as the story dictates or my characters do!
What advice would you give other writers?
To read a great deal and to experiment writing different things. The writing comes out at some point. What you write is part of you and it evolves out of the writer’s own soul, I believe. Write what moves you, what you care about. If you don’t, it will never be real.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
When you produce a book that you feel will entertain readers you want to get it out there. The writing process is like a literary gestation. At some point the book must be born. Labor may not be easy, but it must take its place in the world of books and readers!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it is evolving constantly. It is changing as readers’ demands change. It will change accordingly, in my opinion.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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