About G G Collins:
General reporting is a very educational job. Where many people specialize in a specific area, it’s the job of a reporter to ask questions, learn quickly and write even faster about many subjects. In one day, you can cover a fundraiser for MS research, meet an entertainer in town for a weekend performance and attend a press conference for a local brewery. The next day, it’s the new heart center at a hospital, getting a first grader’s take on saving a historical building and welcoming the new sharks at the aquarium. (Do you know a shark’s skin feels a bit like sandpaper?)
The result of thousands of interviews, press conferences and performances is that journalists learn a little bit about many things. It was Alexander Pope who wrote, “A little learning is a dangerous thing.” He also authored in the same poem: “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” That could be applied to reporters as well, many of whom rush to breaking news stories that could include a terrorist attack, a landing hurricane or a bank robbery.
So is this author dangerous? Only to the characters in her book, or is she…?
What inspires you to write?
Telling a story is what inspires me to research and hammer out a book. I have an idea from a book or watching TV. Then I begin my journalist thing by reading about the subject manner. Once I’ve got something to work with, I write. The best part: I get to go along on the adventure.
Tell us about your writing process.
My interests are varied. I incorporate Native American stories, spirit animals and anything from evil spirits to Mesoamerican deities to alien beings that all play a disruptive part in the life of a fact-oriented reporter. To organize this all into a story, I prefer the seat of the pants method. By the time I outlined the whole story and wrote character studies, I could have written the book. Now that doesn’t mean outlining is wrong, just not my happiest approach. I enjoy the element of surprise which I get writing this way.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
By now I know Rachel Blackstone and Chloe Valdez really well. I can quickly intuit how they would react or what they would say. Do they surprise me? Yes! Sometimes they do things I didn’t know they had in mind.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just do it. There’s no magical formula. It’s hard work and most of it is done on spec. That’s a writer’s life. There are so many rewards; like that moment you write the last line.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I once worked for a bricks and mortar book publisher. By the time I finished my first book, I was game to go indie. The control over your project is sweet, but responsibilities go with that. It’s yours to win or lose; and you learn so much from both.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It will survive, but we are witnessing a sea change in the way we read. Ebooks were once scorned and now they are mainstream. I love that I can carry a small library on my reader!
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: mystery, fantasy, thriller, crime anthology
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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