I’ve been writing for a very long time. Everything from science fiction, to fantasy, and a bit of romance.
I started publishing back in 2001, but then life took a dark spin and I had to give up my dreams for a while as I put the pieces back together.
When I got back to writing I realized the landscape of published changed dramatically, so now I am choosing to self publish instead.
What inspires you to write?
I grew up in a rural area. I had a lot of time on my hands, and a huge imagination. I would often steal paper from the teacher so that I could write down stories about nymphs, dragons, and sirens. After years of being the quiet girl in the corner who never got noticed, it felt amazing to have teachers, and other students, then editors and publishers, tell me how much they enjoyed my stories. When life finally settled down for me I went right back to writing those stories, and decided to start sharing them, too.
Tell us about your writing process.
My process changes dramatically constantly, but here is the basic.
I start with an idea. My ideas usually just appear from thin air while I am doing something physical (like vacuuming, or sweeping halls at work). I write between 2 paragraphs, and 5 pages on that idea, depending on how in depth the original idea was.
The idea with either languish on my computer until I have time to get to it, or if it is something I really like I will start adding sentences, paragraphs, ideas, questions… until it is finished.
I rarely write one thing at a time. I try to limit it to two stories at once. One novel, and one short story. This doesn’t always work out very well, but I try.
I also work on covers during this time. Most covers only take a few hours for me to do. Sometimes I get stuck on one (like I did for Osiren’s Tears) and I will go through several ideas for a cover before I have one I am satisfied with.
If the story is rather long, then I try and get an edit. I don’t always do this, since edits are expensive, but I try to. It’s always best to.
Once the book, and the cover are finished, I assemble it all in Scrivener, and then compile it for Amazon.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters talk to me, and tell me where they are going. I let them write the story.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write every day. Keep track. Let go and just write.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I went the traditional publication way a long time ago. It takes so long… months, if not years, before you even hear if your story or article is excepted. I finally decided I didn’t want to wait that long. Self publishing makes it so easy, and I don’t have to wait. Once I am satisfied with the product (or at least satisfied that I did as much as I could) then I can put it up.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Some authors will only self publish. Some will do traditional publishing. And many more will do both.
Eventually, hopefully, the traditional publishing houses will realize that their best bet is to give their authors better deals when it comes to ebook publications, and physical books will be reserved for the really great books, or at least the ones with the most fans.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Fantasy, science fiction, paranormal romance, horror, dark fantasy
What formats are your books in?