What inspires you to write?
Even from a young age, I knew I wanted to be a writer. Writing has always been my outlet, my private sanctuary of hidden thoughts that I never shared with anyone. I write when I’m hopeful and overwhelmed with happiness. I write when I’m mind-numbingly sad and anxious and dwelling on the negative. I write when my mouth won’t form words and only a pen can completely convey what I’m feeling, because more often than not, my thoughts are a muddled cocktail of absolute gibberish and the only way to make sense of them is to write them down.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’ll marinate on a single sentence for months, wondering what to do with it.
I’ll write it down. I’ll tear it up. I’ll write it again.
My characters and plot spawn from a single sentence.
Then, I continue forward, answering one question: “What is it I want to say?”
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I think it’s beneficial to listen to your characters. They’re not suppose to be stereotypes or cliches. They’re real people with real problems. They’re flawed. They want things.
What advice would you give other writers?
What advice would I provide? I can’t provide any solid writing advice, really. I’ve never taken a creative writing course. My grammar sucks, and I have a tendency to be brief.
I’ve been writing down my weird thoughts since I was a child. The majority of my writing was rubbish.
But you gotta start somewhere. Being kind of bad at something means you’re one step closer to being kind of good at it. Folks get caught up in the creative process: where an idea manifests but isn’t constructed out of fear.
Don’t allow an idea to fester and diminish. Do something with it. A drop of self-doubt is motivating; anything beyond a drop is poison.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I queried for a long while and received tons of rejection letters. A few requested the full manuscript, but didn’t enjoy the paranormal underbelly of my debut novel, The Three Kings. Maybe they were right to advise a rewrite, for the next manuscript to be rid of any magic.
But my book wouldn’t have been MY book if I erased all the paranormal elements. Thus, I turned to self-publishing. I did extensive research on self-publishing before diving in, and I’m glad I proceeded with caution and took advice from the self-publishing leaders. A benefit of traditional publishing is their marketing resources. DIY marketing is a headache, and I’ve struggled with maintaining momentum throughout the process. That being said, I’m happy and confident with my decision to self-publish, and I would encourage anyone who is in a similar position to explore the world of self-publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think self-publishing will continue to flourish, but authors will have a difficult time standing out amongst the masses because the market is oversaturated with half-attempts.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Paranormal Romance, Paranormal Thrillers, New Adult
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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