About E.G. Stone:
E.G. Stone is an independent author who has been writing, quite literally, since the age of six. Since then, E.G. has improved rather a lot and has written (so far) twenty-two full-length novels, various short stories, a screenplay, snippets of poetry, and various blog entries that may or may not make sense. E.G. enjoys writing in many different genres. The favourites are science fiction, mystery (preferably of the murder variety), adventure, fantasy — basically anything where the world isn’t quite what you would expect. When not writing, she is off musing about the workings of languages, both real and created, or wandering around and experiencing new people, places and things. E.G. reads voraciously, perhaps to the point of slight-insanity. She also is enjoying making a go of this writer thing full-time. Weird, nerdy, perhaps a little crazy, she is having a grand old time writing, reading, reviewing, interviewing, and causing trouble.
What inspires you to write?
The thousands of stories swirling around my head; a realm of possibilities awaits a simple turn of a phrase. Words are art and they are magic, conveying everything and nothing, so long as you know how to use them.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Oh, geez. It depends on the genre. But a few of my favourite authors are: J.R.R. Tolkien, Louise Penny, Laurie R. King, Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Dorothy Sayers, Jim Butcher, Jamie Davis, Ulff Lehmann, Emilie Knight, etc. etc. etc.
Tell us about your writing process.
Generally, I start with an idea that forms around a single character. From there, I learn the character's names, personality, and situation. Once I have this, I can start writing and let my brain sort out the details. Very occasionally, I shall plan a story out. There is no rhyme nor reason for which stories I plan and which I do not, only what strikes me as necessary. Plan or no, I start writing and get the story out, start to finish. It usually takes me a month and a half to two months to write a book. Once written, I let it sit for up to a month before going back and editing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
All the time. My characters guide the story, and if they have something to say or do, then that's the way the story goes.
What advice would you give other writers?
As always, the writing bit is the most important thing. Get your story down. If it's terrible, you can go back and fix it, or get someone to help you fix it. But you cannot fix something that you haven't written. And you won't ever know how well you write if you don't put words to paper.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I've always been a bit of a rebel, someone who doesn't do well with other people telling me what to do. Self-publishing seemed like the ideal way to go, in light of that. I can write my stories and publish them the way I intend. I know I write well (not hubris, but feedback talking) so I can then focus on getting my stories out to the world. The hardest part is marketing; it does take a particular set of skills that is quite different from writing to do marketing work. I'm still learning these particulars, but I am making progress. The progress may be slow. However, I am making progress.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that books will always hold a special place in the world, even amongst all the technology. There is little that allows a person to explore things they wouldn't otherwise be able to do than books. Neurologically speaking, engaging with a book activates the same processes as new experiences, which means that reading books is tantamount to experiencing life. Technology doesn't engage in the same way. The form of the publishing industry may change, but books are here to stay.
What genres do you write?: Sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, romance (different pen name)
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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