About Deanna Anderson:
Deanna Anderson is married and the mom of two beautiful teenage daughters. In addition to self-publishing books she freelances for Circle Magazine, Lakeside Magazine, and her local newspaper The Sumter Item. She enjoys hiking, camping, being with friends and family, reading Tarot Cards, and advocates for the protection of wildflowers. She is a member and co-leader of Gatherers of the Sacred Circle and is a Community Advocate for Sumter County Active Lifestyles (SCAL). She has led workshops on Eco-Friendly Magick & Pagan Spells for Pagan Unity Day in Charleston, SC; participated in Ghost Talk at Sumter High School; led workshops on healthy and active lifestyles for SCAL; and recently presented a Power Point workshop she wrote titled “Wildflowers: Protecting our Natural Heritage” which she presented to the Sumter County Master Gardener’s Club. She is also the creator of Carolina Wildflowers–a group to share photos and knowledge of North and South Carolina native plants and wildflowers–and the group South Carolina Pagans, both of which are on Facebook (click the banners below to join).
What inspires you to write?
A lot of different things inspire me to write but mainly it is the idea that I have something to share with the world whether it is educational or for entertainment. For my latest publication, which is actually a journal to be completed by the consumer, I was inspired to to create it because having a rudimentary form of a Success Journal written in tablets has really helped me to stay focused and to meet many more of my goals. I wanted to share this process with others so that they, too, can feel successful.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write when and where ever I can. I have no real process, no schedule, no superstitions that I abide by. When I feel like writing, I write. I jot things down on any available scrap of paper I can or to rough drafts right on the computer. It’s a pretty haphazard way to write but it works for me.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Mainly they scenes or dialogue just play out in my head, like daydreams. I mainly write short stories so I don’t connect with my characters on a level that novelists do. But, I do feel a certain kinship…sort of like when you make a friend at a weekend retreat or at a festival, maybe in the store, and you feel that kinship or have that awesome conversation but nothing evolves after that.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep working at it! Don’ take the first rejection, keep trying to get your work out.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It is something I have always wanted to to do, since I was 8 years old, but it took me a long time to resolve myself to self-publication. Always wanted to hit that big time company and be on the NY bestseller’s list…and while I still want that, I got tired of sitting around and waiting for it to happen.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don’t think its going anywhere or changing much. We may have new ways to read books, but I think paperbacks will always be there and I think some of the major companies will stick around a long time yet.
What genres do you write?: New Age, Journals, Fiction (short story)
What formats are your books in?: Print
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