About J.L. Eck:
J.L. Eck is an artist at heart. She used to write short stories for her friends in school and she loved drawing with pencil and taking pictures of the world around her. Her first major in college was art but then her practical side kicked in and she followed in her father’s footsteps and became an accountant. The writing bug never left her though and she continued to jot down all her story ideas over the years. She moved to Hawaii in 2006 after a divorce and experienced a radical transformation. Hawaii is a magical place. The islands changed her and inspired her. No longer afraid of what might happen if she followed her dreams of writing, she finally decided to take one of her ideas and run with it. It took several years but the end result is truly inspired and a magical tale of the myth surrounding the Hawaiian Naupaka flower, a little white flower that only grows with half its petals.
J.L. Eck met her current husband in Hawaii and considers him to be her soul mate. They now live in Portland Oregon with their 3 year old daughter and two dogs. J.L. Eck is currently working on her next several novels. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
What inspires you to write?
True love and personal growth inspire me the most. I am old soul romantic who believes in soul mates and meant to be and fate and magic and love at first sight. The first time I saw my husband the world around us just sort of fell away and it was just him and I knew instantly that he was special. And it was only because of the intense spiritual and personal growth that happened to me when I moved to Hawaii that I was able to develop a healthy relationship with my husband. I love seeing personal growth and watching people come up out the depths of life as they know it and realizing that there is a higher place, a better place to be.
Tell us about your writing process.
I get an idea and just start writing. Sometimes I get whole conversations going in my head and sometimes I see the big picture – beginning, middle and end. As I write I get new amazing inspirations literally out of nowhere that blow my socks off. I have to do a lot of Googling to research things because I like to get details right. I keep documents with a lot of details regarding my characters and where they live and what they drive and the food they like to eat and all kinds of stuff that never makes it into the novel. I grab photos of people off the internet to help me visualize better.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters. They whisper in my ear.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just start writing, even if its bad, even if you are scared. Push through and keep at it and never be afraid to change major parts of what you’ve written or delete entire scenes. Listen to your gut, your intuition. Eventually you’ll find that you have something amazing!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have heard a lot about the self publishing craze and decided since I am a control freak that I should follow the trend of self publishing. I didn’t even try to get a publishing deal.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Self publishing will continue to grow and morph with publishers offering to assist authors more with editing and marketing.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: I am new adult, a bit romance, a bit thriller, a bit fantasy
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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