G. Jean Smith grew up in Texas and after marrying an Army Soldier, moved around the U.S. and parts of Italy. After six moves in under five years, two of those moves cross an ocean, she finally quit unpacking. Being an Army Spouse for over a decade had its perks and gave her access to various parts of the world to use as home for future characters.
She finally settled in Kansas, where she resides with her three children, a cat named Frankie and a beagle named Fred.
What inspires you to write?
My inspiration generally come from a burning desire to tell a story about the struggles of life. People are so complex and I find it absolutely fascinating that they can be in horribly devastating situations, yet still manage to laugh! I strive to make readers cry on one page, then laugh on the next. I find it to be a very cleansing experience.
Tell us about your writing process.
I utilize the Book in a Month process. It’s an organized system where the book is outlined, set up in three separate acts with sample forms in the book. I also have a huge whiteboard in my office that I use to track changes that need to be made and list notes of items that are missing. It’s been a tremendous asset. All character sketches are done in advance in pencil because I’m prone to changing them up from time to time, however location sketches are generally set in the beginning and stay the same.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do listen to my characters, however I stopped talking to them. Got too many strange looks from my beagle, Fred. He’s always hopeful I’ll say “good boy treat”.
What advice would you give other writers?
Never give up! The world is full of naysayers, oftentimes from people who are the closest to you, however if you want to write, then write! Don’t let them bring you down. If you have more supportive family and friends, when they give you opinions on your work, listen to them objectively. Yes, it stings a little bit to get negative feedback and it is sometimes unbelievable when they give positive feedback, but be grateful for their input then make the decision to change your book, or not. It’s your story to tell.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
With Never Ending Dance, I researched vanity presses and eventually picked one that seemed to provide a lot for the price. However, after working on the advertising aspect and searching forums, I published my second book, Beau Frog and Just Dog, directly to Amazon and used Create Space for the paperback version. I found that the process was so easy and the profit larger than with the vanity press. My advice for anyone looking to publish to check into all the self-publishing avenues rather than spending tons of cash on the vanity presses. It’s incredibly simple to do.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don’t believe paperback books will ever go away, but ebooks will continue to soar. Ebooks are instant and green. Can’t ask for anything better than that!
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Biographical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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