About D. Thrush:
I grew up in Levittown, New York and have always been an avid book lover often sitting under a tree reading for hours. My love of reading led to writing where I venture into the magical labyrinth of imagination. From visionary fiction to a humorous fairy tale, each of my books is very different as I dabble with genres. Unfortunately, housework often goes undone and friends and family are neglected as I chase the elusive muse. I hope you enjoy the tales I spin, the worlds I create, and the characters that play in them. Join me on these wondrous journeys!
What inspires you to write?
My first book “Guardian of the Light” was inspired by my own and other’s unexplainable experiences. I wanted to capture them all into one story.
My mother told me to write “The Daughter Claus.” Unfortunately, she has Alzheimer’s and hasn’t been able to enjoy it. I named Mrs. Claus after her. I had such fun writing it that I wrote 2 more humorous books. My mother would’ve enjoyed them.
“Whims & Vices” was inspired by the death of a friend. It made me think about life and hope and regrets and how people can affect you.
So, the answer is that different things can inspire different stories. My imagination is always going, and I just love playing with words.
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually start with just a vague idea of a story or character. I try to have a strong beginning and an idea of where I want to take the story. Then, once I begin shaping the characters, they start to take over. I’ve begun working a bit more with a loose outline, but it’s really the characters who drive what happens. I try to control it, but they’re really in charge! I guess I’m a bit of both – an outliner and a seat of the pantser. Hopefully, the stories benefit from the best of both worlds.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters tend to come alive for me. Their personalities develop, and they start driving the story. I follow them to a great extent, and it’s so much fun, especially with my humorous books. I care about them and what happens to them and get them through great difficulties. I experience what they’re feeling with them. It’s kind of sad when a book ends, and I have to let them go. But I greatly look forward to sharing their stories with readers who will also care about them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t try to write something that will sell. Write what interests and inspires you. Just write and write so you’ll develop your own style. Get it out, and you can clean it up later. I don’t worry too much about my first draft. But it’s very important to read it over slowly and carefully so you catch all those little errors that detract from the story and any inconsistencies or ideas that come to you later.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
As soon as I heard about KDP, I knew I wanted to self-publish. I like the control that comes with doing everything myself. It’s allowed me to control pricing, advertising, and changing or updating anything I want pretty much immediately. It’s an individual choice. Some writers might prefer leaving these things to someone else and just concentrating on writing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
As publishing has become a do-it-yourself endeavor, the competition has exponentially increased. A result is that there are a glut of lower quality books out there. I read so many books riddled with errors, and many people write series with cliffhanger endings to prompt readers to purchase the next book. It’s harder to weed through and find the great books, and this is where reviews come in. Readers can help others find the quality books by doing reviews and telling their friends. On the plus side, I think more people are reading. Reading is a cool thing to do.
What genres do you write?: Visionary fiction, Humor, Chick lit, Women’s fiction, Literary fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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