About janet garber:
Dark humor. No matter what I write, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, you can always detect a strain of bittersweet world-weary NYC crazy-person angst, mixed in with the antics. Like chocolate running through a marble cake. My heroes: Fay Weldon, John Kennedy Toole, Mark Haddon, Ursula Le Guin, Margaret Atwood.
I've published in multiple genres including silly sci-fi. In my free time, I hike with hubby in The Gunks and try to communicate with my two emotionally-challenged rescue cats.
What inspires you to write?
So many things. Dreams. Overheard conversation. Quirky ideas. When I'm upset or confused about something, writing it out is the greatest (free) therapy around! I also write to impose order on events. Finally I write for the beauty of it all, the chance that an image or character or story will resonate with others.
Tell us about your writing process.
My favorite scenario: I am waking up and hear a sentence in my head. I write it down and forget to stop writing. This happened to me with a number of short stories and poems. One story I'm still revising starts: “Let Johnny Cash be your yardstick!”
I'm a pantser with short fiction. I just take off and have no idea where I'm going. A novel requires a lot more organization: outlines, lists of character traits, psychological probing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don't know, this sounds a little pretentious to me. I suppose when I'm writing dialog I'm attempting to capture a voice I hear.
I definitely discuss characters with my husband and friends as if they were real people.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just go for it! I've been a master procrastinator myself for much of my life so I know first hand how hard it is to sit down and just do it. surround yourself with other writers so you can get good quality feedback, take a few courses, read constantly.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I set myself the goal of finishing my novel upon retirement from my HR career. I was suddenly in a hurry to hold that book in my grubby little hands. I went with self publishing because I had the opportunity to present my book at a professional conference. No regrets. I had my book five weeks after I submitted it and it looks great.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I'm not at all sure traditional publishing will survive with so many turning to DIY solutions. Marketing is the big challenge and perhaps PR and Marketing firms will take over.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, journalism, reviews of books and movies.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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