Writing has given Jeanette an outlet for her active imagination. Although writing takes up most of her spare time, she also loves reading, painting (watercolors & oils), and hiking. As a functioning member of society, Jeanette has never gotten into trouble and must live vicariously through her characters.
What inspires you to write?
I’ve always loved reading and wanted to write from a young age. I find inspiration from random thoughts that occur to me as I go through my everyday life. It’s not so much a matter of finding ideas as it is figuring out which ones to write. I am currently backlogged a few years in book plans.
Tell us about your writing process.
The ideas come when I’m walking or driving. These can be kernels of thought used to drive a whole series or the next chapter in a book or sometimes the idea for a new book in the same series. If the ideas are for a project I’m not working on, I jot them down on paper.
Much of the time, I’m thinking about the next few chapters and what is going to happen. Then I sit down with my trusty netbook and write. My netbook has never connected to the internet and is used solely for writing. This makes it easier not to get distracted.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Hard question. I would say neither. For me, I see what is happening while I write, and I’ve had situations where the writing really wasn’t going well and it was because I was forcing a character to do something they wouldn’t.
What advice would you give other writers?
Read as much as you can. Write every day. Listen to critics without wounding your soul.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I belonged to a group of writers who had met during a conference. One of them mentioned Amanda Hocking and suggested a challenge where we all wrote a set of serial novellas and published them online. Before that time I was convinced that traditional publishing was the only way to go. After seeing the possibilities, I’m excited to be indie published.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
As an author, I’m excited by the possibilities. The future for book publishing is strong. I think the face of it may look different, however.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
paranormal fantasy, fantasy, mystery as J.B. Raleigh
What formats are your books in?
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