About Dale Ibitz:
Dale Ibitz was born in Oxford, Connecticut, grew up in the state of Washington, and then re-located back to Connecticut as an adult where she studied English at Central Connecticut State University. She never left, choosing Connecticut as her permanent home.
Dale’s a fan of hiking and the outdoors, loves alternative metal music, and she never, ever starts the day without chocolate and coffee (preferably together).
What inspires you to write?
Though the 'need' to write, I believe, is part of my genetic code (I've been writing since grade school), inspiration can come from anywhere: a line in a song that grabs my attention; a passing remark by someone I know, or complete stranger's; events that happen in the world and in my own personal space.
Tell us about your writing process.
I'm a total pantser. I've tried to work with outlines, but it just doesn't happen. I ignore them completely as my story and characters take off. I do have a white board I use as the story develops, but that's mainly to keep track of the story line, and any sub-plots that hatch along the way.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don't talk to my characters out loud, because that would just be crazy. 🙂 I do think about them constantly, and interact with them in my head.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing. Be persistent. Be patient. The craft of writing is solitary and long, but the more you write, the better you become at your craft.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
This is where persistence comes in. My first books were self-published because I couldn't find a publishing home for them. But I was persistent, and honed my craft. Eventually, I landed a contract with a publisher.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don't think books will ever go away. The "how" is what is changing, and will continue to change. eBooks are here to stay, and I think as long as people like to lose themselves in stories, there will always be a place for writers.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Young Adult Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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