About Hope Welsh:
Hope Welsh writes romance fiction. Her first love is paranormal. She’s also currently working on book three in the Prophecy Series. Books 1 & 2 are available now. Her current works in progress also include two young adult paranormal stories she hopes readers will enjoy.
She’s been writing since she was in third grade and has never looked back. She’s also published some of her more steamy stories with various e-publishers using a pen name. You can find her steamier works, coming as HS Welsh. (She is using the new name so she doesn’t offend her readers that like her less-steamy romance)
Currently, she lives in the southern US. Hope enjoys creating characters that come alive on the pages! Her goal is always to provide an entertaining read that her readers will love.
Hope is available on all social media outlets, and on Blogger as Hope Welsh
What inspires you to write?
I’ve always loved writing. I began writing very young. I wrote my first play when I was eight. My first novel was finished when I was sixteen–which is more years ago than I care to admit!
I’m inspired by everything. A line I hear someone say. An image I find on a website. Almost anything can inspire a new romance novel!
Tell us about your writing process.
I admit it. I write by the seat of my pants. Usually. When I outline, I find that I end up changing things so much that I just get more confused.
I do use character sketches, though. I need to know about my characters, and they are quite vocal in telling me about themselves.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I’m what I like to call a character driven writer. I write stories that center around my main female and male leads. I write in many genres…they seem to tell me what their world is. Yes, I know, it sounds strange, but I get very connected to my characters, and they really do talk to me.
What advice would you give other writers?
The best advice I can give those that want to write is to first be a reader. Read as much as you can. I’ve seen many new writers come and go through the years, and am often asked for hints and tips.
Reading seems easy enough–but when you’re reading, actually think about the story. See how the authors write their books. How they do dialogue. How they show action.
Remember, too, the thing every writer needs to remember: Show, Don’t Tell.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I sold my first book to a publisher many years ago. I’ve discovered for me, though, that I much prefer indie publishing. I am the type that enjoys full control.
For those that enjoy that control–and don’t mind the hard work involved–I think it’s an awesome way to go today. With Amazon, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo–your book can be found all over the world.
As I’m a bit older, I also must admit that I’m just not patient enough to wait up to three years from the time I finish a book to the time I get it published.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that more and more writers will become indie writers. It’s just so much better, I think. I believe the day will come that indie authors can have their books on the shelves of bookstores, and in the big stores like Wal-Mart and Target.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: romance and paranormal romance. I’m also working on a couple of Young Adult romances.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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