My name is Chelsea Falin. I am a 22 year old self-published author of ten books. I am also a happily married woman of nearly four years, and a stay at home mother to a beautiful three year old daughter.
What inspires you to write?
A variety of things. I’ve always had this burning desire to write in general. I draw inspirational from my own life experiences, family, friends, and things that I see in the news or in life.
Tell us about your writing process
Typically, I’ll have an idea in my head that drives me to put it onto paper. I do not usually outline, but I do often make notes of things I want to happen in the story. I allow the characters to drive me to tell their story. The characters are typically the first thing I have in my head, and it usually seems to me that they write their own stories…I’m just here to help.
If I’m writing something other than a novel (such as my cookbooks), I usually drawn upon a basic idea and go with it. It’s almost always something pertaining to something I am good at, or something a family member or friend tells me I should write (and I agree to, which I don’t always).
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Both. I listen to what my characters are saying as I write out their stories, and I talk aloud to them (and myself) about where the story is going, what they are doing, and whether or not an event should happen. It helps me to talk these things out.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just go for it. If you want to write, do it. Write the story out in full, and then go back and edit. Don’t ever second guess yourself, because it’s when you do that the story usually ends up missing something.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self publish via Create Space. My mom is the one who found out about CS for me prior to her death. It took me nearly an entire year after she passed for me to do it. Later on, I did get some offers from small publishers, but decided to continue going it on my own, as I feel I have more freedom in doing so.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that the future of book publishing will see many more independent publishers who wish to retain more freedom in all aspects of the process.
What genres do you write?
Dramatic fiction, contemporary fiction, young adult fiction, cookbooks, comedy, poetry
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print