About DB McNicol:
I think I was destined to be a writer – in the 4th grade I took my toy typewriter and painstakingly typed out the neighborhood news, one copy at a time, and sold it to the neighbors for ten cents each. But as often happens, life intervenes and writing took a back seat to spending 30+ years in the IT industry.
A late in life lover of adventure, I learned to ride a motorcycle at age 55, traveled the US solo on my Harley-Davidson at age 58 (42 states and 27k miles), selling my home and everything I owned to become a full-time RVer. I eventually met my current husband, also widowed, a full-time RVer and Harley rider. Fate!
We traveled the US for several years before putting it in storage and moving to Cuenca, Ecuador for two years. What at adventure! Now we are back and continue to travel in our 41′ fifth wheel toy hauler trailer.
I continue to travel and write, savoring every moment of every day!
What inspires you to write?
After publishing my first short story, my readers were what encouraged me to continue writing. I enjoy my characters telling me their stories, they never fail to surprise me!
Tell us about your writing process.
Having been an IT professional in my previous life, I thought I would complete a detailed outline for my books. I tried that and it didn’t work. I now start with a dead body (typically), a location/setting and a few main characters. Then I go with the flow…seat of the pants all the way.
I have also discovered that I’m a visual person. I search for and use photos of what I think my characters look like as well as photos of locations. It helps me stay focused.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Actually, my characters do the writing. I think I’m more like a medium to them. Sounds kind of “whoo-whoo”, but it works.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just write! Get it down and don’t self-edit your first draft. You will fix things later – just get it written!
Second, be sure to get a good editor or at a minimum, a good proof reader. No matter how many people review your books, errors will slip through.
Don’t read your reviews but if you must, try to ignore the bad ones. UNLESS, you have multiple bad saying the same things. Then you need to revisit your writing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have a good RVing friend who had a story in his head for over ten years. When he finally took time to write it, it became a best seller. The self-publishing market has helped many independent writers to give it a try. He convinced me to do the same.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the market is going to get tougher for new authors to get their name out there. So many people are following the self-publishing route and too many aren’t getting proper editing, proof reading or cover design done.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Mystery, Romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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