About Jeanne Gransee Barker:
I’m the author of the science fiction, action-adventure “The Intergalactic Adventures of Queen Bea.”
I’ve lived in a bunch of cities in the US, including Chicago, Washington, DC, and Charlotte, NC before calling Seattle home. Graphic design has supported my writing lifestyle since graduating from North Carolina State University. While there, I studied with a number of wonderful southern writers.
What inspires you to write?
Characters often show up on my long walks with my sidekick (aka my dog Bean) pestering me to tell their tale. I’ve got no shortage of interesting protagonists pestering me to tell their tale. I’m just dying to get all these stories out into the world.
Tell us about your writing process.
Yes, I am an outliner. But only barely. I’ve gotten all sorts of coaching over the years on how to hone your outlining skills and use it to speed up your writing. Alas, this doesn’t work for me. I create an over-arching skeleton of an outline. I need to know where the whole story will end up before I begin. Then I need to let come to life on the page, bit by bit. I’ve tried other ways. This is the one that works for me.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I’m always visited by my characters. It’s more like I see snippets of a movie than having a conversation. These snippets always move the story along or tell me things I hadn’t realized beforehand.
If I’m writing a scene and I can’t get a handle on my characters emotional response I stop. I pull out a pen and paper and interview them. That is really quite fun!
What advice would you give other writers?
Most important thing in the process is staying true to your story and your own voice. We always want to improve our craft and get lots of suggestions—and that is a good thing. But it’s so important to make sure the advice resonates with us. Take what works and throw the rest away.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish because I wanted to get my book out there right away. The traditional publishing world is slow and the industry is in flux. There will be a new model, but until then self-publishing is the way I’ll go.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think things are in a constant state of change. And that is great on many levels. The best thing is that readers get to decide what they like. That is driving the market in a way we haven’t seen before.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: science fiction, fantasy, paranormal
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print