About Isabel Brown:
Isabel Brown is an author and freelance designer. She adores chocolate-covered strawberries, anything by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and anywhere she could sink her toes in the sand. She lives with her husband in Columbus, Ohio. Visit her at http://www.isabelbrownbooks.com.
What inspires you to write?
My inspiration comes from a combination of things—a news headline, a movie I watched on television, or something I heard. Ideas are everywhere. The inspiration is always there you just have to sit down and take deliberate action—write!
Tell us about your writing process.
When I come up with an idea for a story, I write down a quick outline of the plot and characters. I usually see the ending of the story first. Then I work backwards to figure out the beginning. I’m a slow writer and worse, I generally like to write at night into the wee hours of the morning.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
When I visualize the scene I’m writing in my head, I imagine how my character(s) are going to feel. I visualize the senses in my head: what they see, smell, feel, etc., then I pick a couple of those senses out and write them into my story. My favorite things to write are dialog so you’ll see a lot of that in my stories. I love dialog!
What advice would you give other writers?
The usual—keep writing but write the stories you love, and write them the way you love to read them. I love dialog so I have a lot of dialog in my story. If you write what you love then the voice will shine through. And when you’re not writing, keep reading and keep it fresh. Find new authors and expand your appreciation for unknown/unpopular authors. You’d be surprised how many great ones there are out there that will inspire you to keep writing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I wanted to get my story out there before it was too late, especially for a contemporary YA fantasy. I made this decision after realizing that I didn’t want to rely on traditional publishing houses to make my dreams come true thanks to something another indie author said a few months ago at a conference I attended. She said, “No one will work harder for your dreams than you will.” That quote stayed with me and prompted me to dive into indie publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’m new to publishing so this is a hard question to answer. The Self-publishing market is exploding, but the traditional publishing market continues to thrive. There will always be books to publish but my guess is that ebooks are going to expand and control the market.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Young adult fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print