Anderson is the author for several titles both fiction and non-fiction but is most known for her Pagan titles “Magick for the Kitchen Witch” and “Magick for the Elemental Witch.” She also write for Circle Sanctuary Magazine and Lakeside Magazine on a regular basis.
What inspires you to write?
Just about everything. If it is a topic I want to know more about or feel I have learned something useful that I want to share with others, that’s what inspires me to write non-fiction. I am inspired to write fiction from random thoughts, dreams, conversations, etc…just about anything can make a short story or novel pop into my head. I just love to write, love to share my thoughts with others.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have different writing processes. For non-fiction I tend to create outlines with headings and sub headings and sub-sub-headings so I can keep it all straight. For fiction, it’s usually just scratches of notes on any piece of paper I can find, even napkins from restaurants. I have even sometimes sat down and written a short story without any notes, its just been something stewing in my mind for a while and one day I will sit and write it all out.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I feel that when I interact with my characters it is like I am in their head, or I become them…I don’t really talk to them like an imaginary friend, its more like they are a split personality or extension of me.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep at it! Don’t give up. If you get rejections just keep trying, Dr. Suess’ “Cat in the Hat” was rejected 17 times before it got published, so keep trying! And with self-publishing now there is no reason why you can’t achieve your dreams. However, PLEASE take some writing/grammar courses to at least have the basics down for story structure, grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and format of a book. I have read books with wonderful story lines but flawed and unenjoyable because of poor editing, not knowing how to format a paragraph or how to use quotes, etc.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I always wanted the commercial press (still do) so that I can hit the “big time” and be able to stay home and write full-time and I did get 2 books published by a traditional press, albeit a small one, and then finally I decided self publishing was the way to go for now as it gets my work out there, gets a name for myself, and gets me experience. I was tired of waiting for the big time publishers…but I will still send them proposals and one day hope to hit on the right one and get a major publishing deal.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I hope we always have print books. I am not an e-reader and don’t want to be, its tactile for me and I like to hold a print book.
What genres do you write?
non-fiction (new age/metaphysical topics), and short stories (combining them into anthologies)
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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