About Dani Gibbings:
I’ve been writing poetry and fiction since I was a young teenager. For all of my teen years, the only thing I wanted to be was a writer. Then, I grew up and moved on to other aspirations. Now that I’m even more grown up (or so they say) I have realized that I had it right the first time – writing is the only thing I want to do.
So, I write in my head while setting tables as a waitress. I write every day when my fingers hit the keyboard. I create characters in my mind and try not to laugh too hard when I catch myself narrating my life or having conversations with the characters in my head.
What inspires you to write?
Everything! The people I meet, my past, other’s stories – there are stories everywhere. Each time I hear someone talk, it becomes a story. Sure, it is not likely the way I heard it the first time, because I adapt. I don’t use other people’s stories! But I get ideas, characters come to be, and situations change. My biggest problem is never coming up with ideas for stories but finding time to write them all!
Tell us about your writing process.
I like to sit on a story idea for awhile. I think about it as a go to sleep and then I often dream about it. The story grows, changes, evolves. Eventually, I go a little crazy just thinking about it and that’s when I take pen to paper and start jotting down the ideas on paper – old school, right? Eventually, I know so much about the characters that the story has to be told. That’s when I start the actual writing.
Sometimes I do a lot of outlining. At other times I do nothing at all. But I find that the longer the story is the more I will write down. I don’t always necessarily outline. Sometimes it is just free writing that turns into a story.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes – all the time! They follow me around and talk to me while I’m working on other stuff until they become so annoying that I have to write their story. It’s true – characters in stories are real to someone.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just write. Even if you’re afraid, write. Even if you’re not sure what to write about, write about that. Eventually, something will grow. But if you don’t write – well, you’ll never be a writer!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish because it was the fastest way to get others to read my work! Even if it was only one person that read my stories, I wanted it to be out there.
Will I ever publish with a publisher? Possibly. I’m not against it. But self-publishing…there’s something exciting about saying you did it yourself.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think there will always be self-published authors and there will always be publishers. Both options are completely fine. I think both will grow and eventually they will stop competing against each other and will complement each other instead.
What genres do you write?: Romance, Chick Lit
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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