About Carrie Mumford:
Carrie Mumford has lived on both the East and West coasts of Canada, and many places in between. She completed a degree in English literature, and went on to complete a master’s in information studies. Carrie now lives in Calgary, Alberta, with her husband, three naughty cats, and one rambunctious dog.
What inspires you to write?
I get story ideas from questions I have ("What if…?"), from the feeling a movie or song gives me, and from hearing interesting turns of phrase. And likely other places I don't realize too. Listening and thinking are my prime methods of inspiration.
Tell us about your writing process.
I fall somewhere between outliner and pantser. Lately I've been working my way through The Story Genius by Lisa Cron (amazing book, by the way!). Story Genius encourages a process called "blueprinting" where you sort out all of your characters' motivations before you start writing. But you don't necessarily plot out scenes in the traditional sense. That seems to be working well for me!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oh I listen. They're very chatty 😉
What advice would you give other writers?
Submit your work! Even when you're starting out it's important to put your work out there. It helps you learn ways to manage rejection – because that's always a part of the writing process – and it also forces you to share your work, to see how it feels to have other people read it. And, you'll start building your publication credits and confidence.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have traditionally published several short stories, but I decided to self-publish my first novel after about a year of deliberation. I love the entrepreneurial aspect of self-publishing, and I wanted to have the experience of seeing a book through from start to finish. I also have a background in marketing and publishing, so I thought I could do an okay job at it.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I only see good things on the horizon! There are readers everywhere, and advances in technology will help authors reach more people in more ways. It's an exciting time to be a writer.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Women's Fiction, Literary Fiction, Romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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