About J.E. Grace:
J.E. Grace was born in California where she managed a campground for quite a few years. In the late 60’s , she lived on a 4,000 acre horse ranch situated along the coastline of Northern California, which is being used for background in a novel she will be writing.
She moved to the Midwest in 2000 and enjoys all the wonderful outdoor activities Missouri has to offer and now calls it home.
She has a background in Retail Management which she worked in for over 10 years and enjoyed very much. After relocating to Missouri, however, she decided to pursue her lifelong dream working in Real Estate. She continued as a Real Estate Agent until she retired in 2012 to pursue her true passions-Writing & Painting. She has her work showcased on Fine Art America, Zazzle and Society 6. She is a traditional oil/pastel painter, as well as, a digital artist. She has done splash pages and banners for several websites online.
She has enjoyed writing since an early age and continues to educate herself in the craft. She currently writes in the science fiction, mystery/romance, and Christian fiction genre. She is currently working on a sequel to The Zarion and a mystery/romance entitled, “Haunted Visions-The Mystery at Pacific Cove” due to be released in April.
What inspires you to write?
I have been writing ever since I was very young. A vivid imagination, mystery/fantasy books I read as a child, and movies have all contributed to my desire to write. I get inspired daily by nature, encouraging web posts I may have read, but deep down it’s the knowledge that I feel I was born to write.
Tell us about your writing process.
I start with an idea that pops into my head and then start laying out character descriptions and a genre. I then choose a setting (place where the story takes place) and decide if I need to do research for that process. Sometimes I have an outline for the book, but other times the story just seems to evolve as I write. I type everything down as it flows. Then at the end, I start the process of cutting, correcting and re-writing portions of the book that need it.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I let the characters evolve as the writing process proceeds. Sometimes, they completely change the direction I was going with the story, but usually their way works out better. In some instances when I feel stuck, I have to think like the character to decide what direction to go with it. I build a lot through dialogue.
What advice would you give other writers?
The best advice I could give you is write what you know. Write for yourself, not in a certain genre because that’s what you think the readers want. Be true to yourself. Read novels in the genre you want to write in. Keep studying the craft. The more you know the better writer you will become. Just keep writing every day if possible. Create a regular routine for your writing and treat it like a real job.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I chose to publish with Amazon because of their KDP program with the free and discounted promotions. Amazon is where a lot of readers go to purchase their books. I self-published because of the ease of Amazon’s tools. It was a fairly easy process and their customer service is good. Also, for print books I liked the easy upload process of Create Space and their customer service department is excellent.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that more sites and opportunities for self-publishing will continue to rise. More and more authors will choose to self-publish instead of going to a traditional publisher because of having control over every process of their book. I don’t see ebooks replacing the print book completely as there will always been a certain percentage of readers that like to hold the actual book in their hands.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: science fiction, romance/mystery, fantasy, Christian fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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