About Eileen Rose Giadone:
Eileen Rose Giadone is an author, singer, songwriter and professional honky tonk girl. She wrote the self development book, Amazon Best Seller, The Habit Fix. The second book in the series, The Habit Fix 2: Quickstep, also became an Amazon Best Seller. Her first illustrated children’s book, Natasha The Party Crasher, was released in February 2016. She is currently putting the final touches on a crime novel set in New York City.
Eileen Rose is also a singer, songwriter and professional performer in Nashville, TN. She has released 11 self-penned, roots/rock albums worldwide and has toured all over the world. She performs regularly with her traditional country band, The Silver Threads, at her highly acclaimed residency shows in Music City, Nashville TN . Eileen also tours throughout the US and Europe. Her albums are available on Amazon, I-Tunes and where all good records are sold.
Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Eileen lived in the United Kingdom for many years and now currently resides in Nashville, TN.
Eileen writes about love, music, food, mind, body, spirit and the general comedy of life on her blog, ‘While I’ve Got You Here.’
What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired to write by a thousand different things that change daily. My family, the need to be helpful, my music (I’m a musician), the sea of faces swimming before me in an audience, the sometimes drunken but heartfelt words they share with me at the end of the night, a particularly beautiful or moving passage in a book books I am reading, these all drive me to my keyboard. And afternoon reading my favorite authors will lead to a night trying to write something as good as they might write. My inability to say exactly what I want to say in the midst of a conversation inspires me to write. There is nothing more satisfying than finally putting words to paper that I’d wished I’d said at the time. The sheer comedy of life and particularly funny people – they inspire me too. Ghost stories, anything spooky, rainy days and unsolved mysteries all inspire me to curl up in my chair by the fire, my little dachshund dogs snuggled in with me and weave a tale that gives me the shivers or takes me to another place. My short time here on the planet inspires me to write. I want to leave a piece of me behind, however insignificant I may be.
Tell us about your writing process.
IIf I’m writing non-fiction, I tend to give my chapters titles first then structure my book a chapter at a time. These titles tend to change as the content of my chapters develops. I tend to put in the bulk of the solid, useful information first then work on my transitions and blending later. I read, re-read, change, re-write a hundred times.
Fiction is a little bit more fun. If I have a story in my mind, I simply sit and start writing. I let if flow, anywhere it wants to for a little while. As it starts to take shape, I go back and create a description of the book. I list the characters and their relationships to one another. Then I go back and flow-write some more. When I reach a point where I need to organize again, I go back, update characters, re-write my description and then start a real outline. The outline will often change quite a bit as the story unfolds. Sometimes I’ll have ideas for chapter endings or key moments. I’ll take notes of those and then weave them in to the flow content I’ve created. Back and forth this way until it’s a “book”. Then the overall refining truly begins. I get the final manuscript to the point that I’m happy with it. Then I always use an editor.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Wow, good question.
I have this trick where I pick two actors that I think would be good in the “roles” of the characters – as if the book is already a movie. Then, as I’m “watching” the movie, I let them speak. If I roll my eyes or don’t believe the dialogue, out it goes. If I wouldn’t like it in a movie, then I don’t like it in my book.
I also speak all the dialogue out loud after I’ve written it. If it’s not something a person would actually say naturally, I re-write until it sounds real. I have a pet peeve about clunky, forced dialogue – nothing kills a character faster.
What advice would you give other writers?
I am a new author! Get back to me a in a year or two and I’ll talk your ear off. I can say that what I’ve learned so far is that I am at my most effective when I am truly being “me”. It feels exposing and makes me nervous but I’ve realized that these are good signs. You may not be well-liked by everyone but it’s better than being called disingenuous.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I took a couple of great classes on Udemy that explained how to go about self-publishing a book on Amazon and how to get started with marketing it. To be honest, I really don’t like the marketing part. I’d rather be writing. Or reading! But I do like that I don’t have to deal with the “gatekeepers” of publishing houses and can be in direct contact with potential readers. I would advise new authors to educate themselves regarding marketing their own books but never compromise the quality of your work. You can learn all the marketing tricks there are but you will only be remember for great work.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There has been a revolution and I, for one, am glad that people with a creative passion don’t have to go through the self-proclaimed “gatekeepers” anymore to find an audience. The same thing happened in the music industry. With the ease of home recording and the internet giving musicians the ability to connect directly with fans, artists no longer have to sign horribly unfair record contracts that typically leave them with only 12% of royalty rights to their own records. Most musicians now can make a living and maintain artistic control far better without a record contract than with one. Yes there are a lot more records out there and not all of them are great. But so what? Let all flowers bloom. People can find what they like. I see a parallel with the boom in self-publishing that is dominating the book world now. Yes, there are a lot more books out there and plenty that are poor quality, but there are some really great books too that would never have seen the light of day without platforms like Amazon, Barns & Noble, promotion on personal web pages and blogs, etc Hopefully, this competition will improve the deals offered by major publishing companies and widen their field of their interest.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Self-Help, Children’s Literature, Crime, Mystery, Suspense, Supernatural, Thriller
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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