About Janet McNulty:
Ms. McNulty began writing short stories at an early age. That passion continued through college until she published her first book: Legends Lost: Amborese under the pen name of Nova Rose. Since then, she has gone on to publish a mystery series, children’s books, and even a dystopian series.
Recently, her grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, causing her to visit her grandparents and record her grandfather’s memoirs before they become lost. The final result is Grandpa’s Stories: The 20th Century as My Grandfather Lived It. She did this to preserve her family history before it becomes lost.
Ms. McNulty currently lives in West Virginia, where she enjoys hiking, being outside, crocheting, or simply sitting around and doing nothing. She continues writing and is busy working on the next book in her Mellow Summers Series.
What inspires you to write?
I first started writing when I had an idea of a talking cat explaining why she was a cat, when she used to be human. From there I went on to write my first novel Legends Lost: Amborese. After that I decided that I rather liked writing stories and started my Mellow Summers mystery series.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process is a jumbled mess. It usually starts with me getting an idea, which I will jot down on a scrap piece of paper or a napkin, or anything I happen to have on hand. Those scraps get put in a box until it gets full. After that, I take those little notes and start piecing them together in chronological order in an outline. From the outline, I start writing my draft. During all of this, my notes and ideas may change and it doesn’t take long for my first outline to be covered in scratched out text and little additions penciled in.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
A little bit of both. Call me crazy, but sometimes my characters and I will have a conversation, until I figure out how I want them to be portrayed in the story and what I hope they will accomplish.Keep writing and keep publishing. Making it as an author is difficult, and many people will tell you to not bother, but while you’re at work, keep thinking about your characters and what they would be doing. While you’re walking down the street, consider observe those you pass and think of how you could weave them into your book. Never stop writing and remember that anything can be woven into a story.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing and keep publishing. Making it as an author is difficult, and many people will tell you to not bother, but while you’re at work, keep thinking about your characters and what they would be doing. While you’re walking down the street, consider observe those you pass and think of how you could weave them into your book. Never stop writing and remember that anything can be woven into a story.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I tried to get traditionally published, but was rejected. So I decided on self-publishing and stuck with it for all of my books.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that self-publishing will continue to grow until it becomes the norm. A lot of aspiring authors have been turned away by the big name companies, but found a solution through self-publishing.It’s more work, but at least you get your book out there so that it has a chance.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Paranormal Mystery, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult Dystopian
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print