About Caroline Gerardo:
Caroline Gerardo International Thriller Writer’s Member, published Author and Poet lives in Southern California and Wyoming. She has written three novels: Toxic Assets and The Lucky Boy are the most recent.
What inspires you to write?
I enjoy writing for the creative outlet. There are a million stories ready for me to complete, it takes a year or two to finish a novel. I have published short fiction and poetry in magazines with images that I photographed or painted. I’m interested in examining my world and sharing my time. The view from my eyes might be inspiring, and a bit dark.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a planner. I begin with an idea. Perhaps it’s a message I want to convey. I build a whiteboard with photographs I have taken, clips from news, flash fiction and haiku. Then I write an outline. I write on my kitchen table early in the morning and at night seven days a week. When writing long form novel the first draft may not be that similar to the final revision.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Characters have a way of taking over the narrative. The writer’s mind may be in control but the people we build have the courage to direct the story on their own.
What advice would you give other writers?
Work, write and keep going. Don’t read reviews. Find buddies who will read as beta readers. Be kind. Be filled with joy to be better. Take risks. Don’t stick with genre writing, push yourself to be new
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have self published and small press published. My work is transgressional, sometimes dark a bit horror, thriller and quirky.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I still love a hardback. I would love to pay to have my next book printed with a leather bound cover and heavy stock – maybe only a small run. And at the same time I know that ereading is here now. One thing I don’t like about epublishing is that I have been pirated and it is easy to steal.
In five years from now a new kind of publishing will arrive – interactive and game like
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: thriller, poetry, horror, fiction, environmental, literary, dystopian, financial
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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