J. Woods is a Toronto based writer and mother who grew up in the suburbs just outside of the big city. She lives between the space of her green tea and humming laptop when she isn’t chasing after her free spirited daughter. She has studied too many things to count including radio broadcasting and entrepreneurship.
J. uses writing as her anchor, inspired by that pesky inner monologue that promises “good ideas” as she weaves her own life experiences through the eyes of her characters. J. Woods writes NA and adult novels with a foundation of romance, paranormal and science fiction. She is the author of Gilded Feathers, Gilded Faith, Gilded Promise and Infinitely Gilded -four novels that make up the Gilded Feathers series.
Find out more about the author and her work including new titles and release dates at http://caesarsandstraws.com/
What inspires you to write?
I think when I’m in the proper mind frame, anything can inspire me to write. My daughter talking to her “imaginary friends” – I can base an entire character out of a name she makes up! Also songs and music videos – I find I can spurn different ideas from.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don’t really have a “process” per-say. I think I’m both an outliner and a fly by the seat of my pants writer. I definitely like an outline to start off with so I know the direction I’m going, but for example, the Gilded Feathers series – I had an outline but completely drifted away from it as new and better ideas came to me as I wrote the story. To write my outline I usually use Word – I just create a graph and a table with different ideas and the outline seems to fall together from my point form notes.
Also, I use my phone a TON! the notes in my phone are very extensive, I think because it is an extension of my person. I always have it on me so ideas are always growing and changing and I ABSOLUTELY need to write them down or they will fly away on the breeze never to return. I’ll wake up at three in the morning with an idea and the only thing near me is my phone!
I create character sketches, not as in a drawing necessarily but within my table (I need this to keep myself straight) I write down their age, what they look like, their personality, etc. I know what they look like in my head but I also love to hear how the reader’s picture them – it’s amazing how different minds work.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Absolutely! (doesn’t that make me crazy?) For Gilded Feathers I would sit in front of my lap top saying “Okay Cole, this is what we are going to do with this!”
I think I spoke to almost every one of them; I would find myself laughing and crying with them, I would find myself so deep within the story whatever happened to them it was like it was happening to me! (it’s okay, I’ve talked to a professional about it… ha!)
What advice would you give other writers?
You know I’ve done so much research (I’m a research kind of gal) on different ways to write a novel/book – and really, I think I’ve done my own way – so do what works for you! You’re the one writing it, not someone else so take your own time and do it your own way.
Don’t give up. It it’s your dream – go for it because you’ll be disappointed if you don’t.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Again – RESEARCH! I read a number of articles that compared mainstream publishing against self publishing and truthfully my patience level runs between minimal and nill so for me I thought I would give self publishing a try because it was immediate.
I don’t know about advice because I’ve never gone the publisher route. Self publishing is hard work but I would assume so is choosing a publisher.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
That’s a tough question! I think ebooks will continue to rise because they are easy, CHEAPER, portable (for vacations and such I always have my iPad with my various ereader apps) but I don’t think paperback will every die because physically holding a book in your hands and the smell of that paper – there’s nothing like it.
What genres do you write?
Romance, Paranormal Romance, Fiction
What formats are your books in?
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