I had a teacher in grade eight that used to go through a pile of writing assignments to get to mine first. She would read it and then look over at me and say ‘good job.’ It made that shy student more confident.
What inspires you to write?
I had a goal to write a novel before I died, so I wrote Dwarves of Elvenshore. I sent it to a publisher but I never got a response back so I sat on it for several years. When I learned about ebooks, I edited it and put it on Amazon. The sales far exceeded my expectations. I tried to write in other genres but they didn’t sell as well as that first book, so I made it into a series by adding six more books. Response to the Elvenshore Series has been wonderful.
Tell us about your writing process.
For a while I would write down an outline of what the chapter titles would be and then I would fill them in. I found that the things I wanted to say in the outline didn’t always match what I wanted to say in the book. I would end up changing titles, deleting titles and sometimes the last half of the book had no relationship to how the outline looked.
Now I just sit and write as I know the general direction of where I want to go. If I come up with better ideas as I am writing then I can add them into the story without worrying about how to fit them in an outline.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t. I write out their names and get to know them as I am writing the story. I fill out their personalities and bring them to life, but never talk to them.
What advice would you give other writers?
If you are going to write a book, don’t stop. Write a little every week at least so you can keep the story going. When you stop a lot of times you are stopping for good and the story that is inside you dies.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self publish because it allows me the freedom to market how I feel and set prices. I do my own covers for the most part. Sometimes I get talented artist that I know to help me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I see opportunities for both traditional publishing and self published authors. There are a lot of readers out there, the market will expand as more and more exciting books become available.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Epic Fantasy, Myster and Suspence, Youth Fantasy.
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print