About Casey M. Peterson:
I’m a burgeoning writer with two ebooks under my belt. When I’m not dabbling in the written art, I’m teaching the art of the English language to junior high students. Beyond those two time consumers I also wile away the hours in Modesto, California with Lego building sessions alongside my two boys and searching the recesses of Netflix for something, usually scary, with my wife.
What inspires you to write?
William Shakespeare and the ridiculous amount of brilliance in his works inspire me to do something similar with my life. The occasional great movie or even the ticking of a clock motivate me as well to get a story down so that it’s no longer a figment of my imagination that I’ll eventually get to.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’ve found jumping on the page immediately to get something down, whether it’s the beginning of a novel or just a bunch of random ideas, is my starting point. From there I outline the plot while also jotting down my character list with personalities to reference later. I then go back to free-writing down ideas for the themes I want to explore and how they connect with plot details or characters. From here, I will go back to my outline and rewrite it with more details until it is a good ten pages or so. The first draft moves much faster when I have an outline to stare at and push me forward. Extensive revisions on the first draft, followed by reading the entire novel out loud to my wife while correcting grammar, and usually two more silent readings and more revisions gets me to a final draft.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I mainly listen to them and then if they need a nudge in the right direction I slyly put it into their ears that they’ve come up with a great idea and need to follow it through according to their will and perspective.
What advice would you give other writers?
It may seem like a lot of time to invest, but the more conscious and diligent you are about it the more fulfilling and happy you will be when you look back to see what is there.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published because I couldn’t get an agent or publishing house to take up my first book. Eventually down the road I would be glad to work with an agent and publisher but for now I have a ways to go to establish my writing is worth reading.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future won’t be much different. I believe things will become more balanced between print and digital. There are too many differences, positives and negatives on both sides, that keep one from taking over another.
What genres do you write?: Literary with action-adventure, horror and any other blend to get across a meaningful story.
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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