I am currently working on my second novel, tentatively entitled “Against All Advice”. A sequel (or two) to “Promises and Other Broken Things” is also in the works.
What inspires you to write?
Well, the simplest answer is my imagination! But really, the thing that inspires me the very most is reading. Other great writers and how they manage to put together their own words and phrases to convey their ideas always makes me want to rush to my laptop and start creating vivid and meaningful scenes of my own.
Tell us about your writing process.
I start off by chapter outlining and character developing in a Word document I keep for this purpose. Everything, from setting, possible character names, what each character looks and acts like, who relates to whom, etc is included in this document. As I start to write, I often deviate a little bit from my story mapping, but I always refer back to it, and the mapping keeps me on target. Sometimes the little deviations that come up in the story as I go make for the best parts, though. I am not a rigid writer – I’m always open to new ideas and evolutions as long as the story progresses in a way that I feel is organic and works toward the ending I want.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, I do this fairly often. My male and female leads always have fascinating (to me, at least) personalities, and I come to know them as friends or even sort of like my family. I say their dialogue and inner thoughts out loud, and it really helps me to keep their conversations feeling realistic and not stilted.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t let self-doubt stop you. We all experience it; it’s normal, and you just have to keep on writing anyway. And then write some more. Talk to other writers, make friends, create your own support group, and ask them for feedback. Frequently. My ever-so-patient writer friends are the main reason “Promises and Other Broken Things” is the book it is today.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I asked about a thousand questions of every published author I knew, about what they did, how their experiences were, and what they would recommend. I thought about all the feedback I’d gathered a lot, over many months, before I decided to self-publish. My advice is to do your research, ask all your questions, weight the pros and cons of both traditional and self publishing, and then come to a decision that you will be happy with.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I honestly believe that more and more writers are going to be self-publishing as time goes on, and that traditional publishing houses are going to have to change the way they deal with writers or expect to slowly but surely see great reductions in the number of talented writers who will even want to use their services. I think literary agents will probably also find themselves in the same boat eventually, if the publishing industry doesn’t change to embrace eBooks more than they currently do.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Romance, Women’s Fiction, New Adult, Mystery, Literature
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print