About Emily-Jane Hills Orford:
Emily-Jane Hills Orford is an award-winning author of several books, including To Be a Duke (CFA 2014) which was named Finalist and Silver Medallist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. She writes about the extra-ordinary in life and her books, short stories, and articles are receiving considerable attention.
What inspires you to write?
People, dogs, events, music, art – all that is important in life.
Tell us about your writing process.
There is no process really. Each day is different and brings a new inspiration or a new challenge. If I’m stumped, I use the same writing exercises I give my writing students and that usually gets me going again. I always carry a notebook (a real one made out of real paper) and jot down notes and ideas while I’m waiting for an appointment or just sitting and enjoying the great outdoors.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters talk to me and I do listen. I dream about my stories and sometimes my dreams keep me awake until I’ve plotted out the next section in my story. My characters keep me awake, too, especially when they’re being contrary and argumentative.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write, write, write. Don’t let other people’s opinion hinder your creative process. Not everyone is going to like your writing. It doesn’t mean that your writing is bad. Remember, you don’t like everything you read, so don’t expect everyone else to like what you write. Just write.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Trial and error, basically. If you don’t have an ‘in’ somewhere, you have to experiment with different means of publishing and find out which one works best for you.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Precarious. It’s not so much the book publishing industry that worries me as it is the lack of avid readers. People just don’t read any more. And that is very sad. All this high tech, easy, instantaneous entertainment is dumbing our population and turning us into robots. Just look at the number of people walking down the street with their eyes glued to their latest high tech phone device and then watch them walk into poles, buildings and other people. Not good. People need to read and then we won’t have to worry so much about the publishing industry.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: fiction, mystery, creative nonfiction, memoir
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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