Curtis Edmonds is a writer and attorney living in central New Jersey. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Untoward Magazine, Liberty Island, The Big Jewel, Yankee Pot Roast, and National Review Online. His book reviews appear on the Bookreporter website. Other short fiction appears online at his yet-to-be-award-winning website, http://www.curtisedmonds.com. This is his first novel.
What inspires you to write?
There’s a picture on my dresser. It’s fairly nondescript — a mountain covered with trees, with a little pond below. It’s a pretty enough picture, but it doesn’t really mean anything by itself. It’s the view from a little cabin on a mountain in North Georgia, which is where my book, RAIN ON YOUR WEDDING DAY, is set. I wanted to write a novel about that cabin, and the person who might live there, and what drove him to such a high and lonely place.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have, maybe, an hour a day to write. It’s the time between when I put my kids to bed and when I go to bed. I check my e-mail and social media, play a game of solitare, and then write. (In Microsoft Word, if you must know.)
Now, there are several obvious drawbacks to this process, which is that you can’t actually write a novel this way, at least not very efficiently. You can’t really think of things to write about and write about those things in a very compressed timeframe like that. So what I did was push most of the mental processes of writing out of my actual writing time and into my commute. This meant that what you’d have is a middle-aged lawyer sitting in a Chrysler, on the way to work, talking to himself.
I don’t recommend this, you understand, but it can be done.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
RAIN ON YOUR WEDDING DAY is a first-person narrative, so the short answer is “yes, of course.” When you’re writing first-person (assuming that the character is not a thinly disguised version of yourself), you have to communicate with that character. And, of course, that character communicates with the other characters. But, don’t make a fetish out of it.
What advice would you give other writers?
Do your research, but don’t make it more important than telling the story. At one point in RAIN ON YOUR WEDDING DAY, the two main characters walk through a hotel parking lot in a driving rainstorm. I did my due diligence, trying to figure out which hotel they were staying at, all that good stuff. It’s a solid, romantic scene.
A couple months after I finished writing that scene, I actually had a conference at that hotel. I hadn’t actually been in the building, and I was kind of scouting around, looking for some local color. It turns out that there was a great big covered area near the parking lot, and the characters wouldn’t have to go very far to get out of the rain.
I thought about changing the story to make it reflect the reality of the way that the real hotel is, but then I changed my mind and didn’t do it. It’s better the way I wrote it than it is at real life.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
RAIN ON YOUR WEDDING DAY is my first novel to be published, but it’s the third one that I wrote. I’ve been working on writing novels for twelve years. I thought that I would have more success in finding an agent and getting a publisher this time around than I did in years past, but I was wrong. I got over a hundred rejections from different agents, and that was enough for me. So I decided not to quit on this novel, and went ahead and self-published.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I have next to no opinion about the publishing industry and its future. Even if I did, I doubt I would have anything useful to say. My job is to write the best book I can and get it in front of the most people that I can. Come to think of it, that’s everybody else’s job, too. The future belongs to who can do the best job of that.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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