About Jax Jillian:
I have written two novels, Larkin’s Letters, and the sequel, Ryan’s Letters. Both are contemporary romance novels which were inspired by my love for modern day love stories. My writing is inspired by Nicholas Sparks and James Patterson, so if you enjoy reading their love stories, than you should hopefully enjoy reading mine
What inspires you to write?
I read a book by James Patterson called Suzanne’s Diary to Nicholas. It is the only book I have read cover to cover. After I read it, I knew I had to write a love story that could touch an audience the way that book touched me.
Tell us about your writing process.
I outline my chapters before I sit down to write the story. I always write my first chapter first, followed by the last chapter. I always know how my story is going to end before I start it. I just outline using a notebook, no fancy software.
My character sketches happen during my writing. My characters have taken turns in the story that I didn’t necessarily plan. That is the fun part of writing, I think. I don’t always do all of the creating. My characters sometimes create themselves.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I absolutely talk to and listen to my characters. I call them my imaginary friends. I imagine my story as a movie and I talk out the scene. It really helps believe it or not.
What advice would you give other writers?
Never expect success right away. Just keep writing and putting it out there. Someone will read your story and love it. I promise.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I knew that if I had the opportunity to publish traditionally (which I did), then I would publish that way. But I have also met with many authors along the way who have self-published and they wouldn’t do it any other way. I don’t really think there is a better way. Obviously, publishing with a publisher provides you with more resources for success but that certainly doesn’t mean you can’t be successful with self-publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I am not quite sure. I know that ebooks are really taking over which can hurt an author’s income. Let’s face it. Ebooks are cheaper than paperback and hardbacks. And it is also affecting the success of book stores. I think that there will always be great opportunities for authors to publish, now that self-publishing is becoming more prevalent, but because of the number of authors publishing, I think it will be harder for an author to really stand out.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Contemporary Romance, paranormal
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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