About J.L. Sheppard:
J.L. Sheppard was born and raised in Miami, Florida where she still lives with her husband and son.
As a child, her greatest aspiration was to become a writer. She read often, kept a journal and wrote countless poems. She attended Florida International University and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelors in Communications. During her senior year, she interned at NBC Miami, WTVJ. Following the internship, she was hired and worked in the News Department for three years.
It wasn’t until 2011 that she set her heart and mind into writing her first completed novel, Demon King’s Desire, which was published in January of 2013.
Besides reading and writing, she enjoys traveling and spending quality time with family and friends.
What inspires you to write?
I get ideas spur of the moment. Sometimes at the most inopportune times (like as I’m trying to go to bed). It’s hard to say when they’ll come. Sometimes, they don’t stop coming, and other times, I don’t get any at all. I’ve gone weeks stuck, which is quite frankly, terrifying. It’s always a relief when they come again. 🙂
Tell us about your writing process.
I do not plot at all. I write as I get ideas, spur of the moment. That does mean that I go back and edit, a lot.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Listen. Always listen. When writing any scene, I put myself in the character’s shoes then write what he or she would do in that particular situation.
What advice would you give other writers?
Ignore reviews. Everyone has an opinion and not everyone is going to like what you write. It’s hard to keep in mind when you spent so much time imagining, writing, editing and promoting your book, but for the sake of keeping my sanity, I’ve made it stick.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had no idea what I was doing when I started, which is why I looked for a publisher who could show me the way.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe publishing houses will continue to publish books despite a lot of indie writers becoming successes on their own. I think there’s a possibility there may not be as many publishing houses in the future, and that they may become even more selective. For example, they may wait to offer contracts to indie writers who have already have loyal readers. One thing I’m sure of is that books will continue to sell as long as there are people like me–book lovers.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Paranormal Romance, Romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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